October 16, 2017

Malloy's budget plan maintains tourism marketing funds

The state's economic development office would keep most of the funding proposed in a previous Democratic spending plan under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's newly released $37 billion budget proposal.

The Department of Economic and Community Development's (DECD) revised budget for the next two years comes in at a total of $30.1 million in fiscal year 2018 and $29.5 million in fiscal year 2019.

The new total includes $14.7 million and $8.2 million in each respective year in the General Fund.

In addition, statewide tourism marketing would be preserved at $6.4 million each year. Funding also would be intact for most of the tourist destinations, said Malloy spokesman Chris McClure.

These are just the operating expenditures, and don't include funding for brownfield redevelopment and economic development initiatives, like the First Five Plus program, which would be in any revised capital budget, McClure said.

Correction: The governor's budget plan creates a new tourism fund and shifts a portion of the state Department of Economic and Community Development funding into it. A previous version of this story was incorrect.

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