We went from office to office of our State Senators and Representatives. We made phone calls, held meetings, got Facebook friends, wrote this Blog, sent e-mail blasts, set out yard signs, put bumper stickers on our cars, wore lapel stickers, sat at the Legislature for 6+ weeks, and IT PAID OFF!
On June 4th, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a budget that restored some $16 million for a Forever Green Tennessee. Funds will now be available to buy waterfalls, river bluffs and mountain gorges, as well as to enhance local parks with improved public access.
We are thrilled to have been successful! We will probably have to fight this same fight every year until we can get the Legislature out of its bad habit of using “dedicated” funds for purposes outside of their “dedicated” capacity, but until then, we’re going to take a break over the summer …
See you in the fall. Until then, stay cool, and thanks for your help in our Forever Green Tennessee campaign!