ALL Marylanders need open land: land to grow our food, for local parks and recreation and for wild and scenic places to restore the soul.
Yet Maryland’s Governor and State Legislature are once again diverting dedicated land protection funding to other programs. The Governor’s budget eliminates $115 million dollars for parks, recreation and farmland protection. The legislature is piling on additional cuts. In previous years, legislators promised to repay such diversions. But, this year, the administration and legislators are stripping away those promised repayments as well. We need you to stand up and say no more cuts. Open spaces matter for our state and our residents.
Enough is enough!
Promise of Open Space; Restore the transfer tax revenue and stop the cuts!
Tell Your State Senators and Representatives-Funding for Program Open Space is a Promise to Future Generations
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a supporter of American Farmland Trust and a Marylander who believes in keeping our promises, I urge you to halt the assault on Program Open Space funding. This program is nationally renowned as a masterpiece of sensible leadership. It collects a fraction of a percent of the transfer tax paid when Maryland residents sell a home or piece of property. Those monies go into a DEDICATED fund to protect farmland, high-value natural lands, and parks and recreation needs in every county in the state.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]