Statement from Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, on the Governor’s FY25 budget proposal:

“It’s disappointing that community nonprofits who provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable citizens are not getting a funding increase they desperately need in the Governor’s budget proposal.

“After nearly two decades of underfunding that have left nonprofit buying power 32 percent behind, the proposed flat funding in the governor’s budget is an effective budget cut.

“We understand the importance of saving and paying off debt. But the choice between properly funding programs and paying debt is a false one. A family that finds its finances have improved would not put off putting food on the table to pay debt; they would do both.

“Connecticut’s budget is healthier than ever. 2024 will be the seventh straight year with a budget surplus. Connecticut can save, pay off debt and fund essential services. We have the money.

“The people employed by nonprofits, the people served by nonprofits and the families of both deserve to have their work and needs recognized in this budget. We look forward to working with the General Assembly and the Governor in the coming months to make that a reality.”