- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Advocates for land conservation, affordable housing, historic preservation and farming are opposing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to remove money from a fund for historic preservation, open space purchases and affordable housing.

The Day of New London reports (https://bit.ly/1y8sFHu ) that Malloy’s proposed budget would empty the fund of about $13 million. Money is collected annually from a $40 charge on property transactions.

Malloy’s budget proposes that money collected from property sales instead be added to the state’s general fund to help close the budget deficit.

Advocates say $133 million has been invested in open space purchases, historic preservation, affordable housing projects and agriculture support since 2005. Many grants were matched with local funds.

A spokesman at the Office of Police and Management said Malloy had to make tough decisions to cut spending.

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Information from: The Day, https://www.theday.com

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