Urge your Rhode Island State Representatives to prioritize the Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy bond when they reconvene.
Rhode Islanders don’t always agree on everything, but one thing that we can say for sure is that the majority of us value our natural resources, beaches, and open spaces. We know this because every two years, Rhode Islanders vote overwhelmingly to support bond measures to fund things like clean drinking water systems, forest and farm preservation, and nature-based solutions for managing stormwater in our urban neighborhoods.
This past January, the governor once again included a $69 million [Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy Bond in her budget request to the legislature. But this summer, after the coronavirus hit and the legislature began meeting again, they did not prioritize putting this year’s Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy Bond on the ballot. And it won’t be. The legislature just decided it would not meet again until after the November election, kicking the can down the road on the state budget and the Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy Bond.
But if you put pressure on your legislators there is still hope for getting this critical funding in front of Rhode Island voters.
The legislature will meet in a lame duck session after the general election, or it will hold off until the new session in January. One way or the other they will be voting on the budget and we need our legislators need to know that Rhode Islanders overwhelmingly support investments in our natural resources and green economy.
Take Action! Please tell your legislators to prioritize the Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy bond when they reconvene.
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