In defense of the Community Investment Act (CIA), Terry Jones, member of the state Board of Education, chairman of the Connecticut Working Lands Alliance, and Shelton resident, points out that while everyone needs to contribute to finding a solution for the state’s fiscal problems, over the last 18 months 50 percent of the revenue intended for the CIA fund has already been diverted to Connecticut’s General Fund to help address the state’s budget deficit.

Jones goes on to point out: “CIA is an effective, self-funding program — outside the budget — fulfilling one of the highest purposes of governance — providing catalysts for investing in healthy communities and our economic well-being. It’s a proven program which creates jobs, helps small businesses, adds to our local economies and it pays its own way each and every year.”

Terry Jones: Investing in our Connecticut communities — Hearst Media