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Malloy: New Fund Will 'Expedite Assistance' In An Emergency's Wake [VIDEO]

Gov. Dannel Malloy Monday put forward proposed legislation to create the Connecticut Coordinated Assistance and Recovery Endowment to formalize the collection and distribution of donations in response to a natural disaster or emergency.

Citing a need to improve the state’s ability to assist Connecticut residents impacted by a large scale event, Gov. Dannel Malloy has put forward proposed legislation to formalize and centralize the collection and distribution of donations in response to a natural disaster or other emergency.

Malloy announced his proposal during a press conference at the East Haven Town Beach on Monday. East Haven, like much of the Connecticut shoreline, was hit hard by both Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

CT CARE Fund

According to the governor, the proposed legislation — once approved by the General Assembly — would create the Connecticut Coordinated Assistance and Recovery Endowment or CT CARE.

The fund would put in place an infrastructure to collect private donations in response to an emergency or disaster, and then distribute those funds "in accordance with the intent of donors," Malloy said.

Additionally, CT CARE would establish several separate accounts restricted to each emergency, as well as an "endowment for operations and sustainability."

Fund Management

The entire program would be managed by a volunteer board of directors.

In response to an emergency declaration, CT CARE's spending committee will make recommendations to the executive board, which will then make final decisions for distribution of funds.

Similar programs are already in place in several other states, Malloy said, including Massachusetts and New Jersey.

'A Trusted Venue for Donors'

The governor, flanked by other state and local East Haven officials, said Monday the fund would "build on important progress" the state has made in responding to natural disasters and other larger scale emergencies.

“Working in conjunction with state and municipal emergency officials, this fund will provide a trusted venue for donors, and will help us get needed assistance to victims quickly," he said.

While donations to the CT CARE Fund will pass through the state, Malloy noted that "100 percent of all donations are restricted to carry out the donor’s intent."

He added that funds will not be available to the state for any other spending purposes.

Spending Committee, Executive Board

The fund's spending committee will be made up of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Regional Coordinator, municipal CEO (s), the local Regional Emergency Response Team (REPT) Chair and the Office of Victims Services.

The executive board will consist of seven gubernatorial appointments from the nonprofit, corporate, and accounting community, a representative of the nonprofit community, five Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security REPT Chairs that are appointed by municipal leaders, the Office of Policy and Management Secretary, and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Deputy Commissioner.

Paul Chotkowski January 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Governor Mao Loy is at it again! He can’t stop you from engaging in individual acts of charity [not yet at least] but he will set up a “Public” infrastructure run by government hacks and NFP who are dependent on the state’s funding for their operating budget [kinda like Cathy Malloy and the Greater Hartford Arts Council] to run things. In this way the Powers That Be can “nudge” then “push” and if needs be “shove” donations in the proper direction! He said “this fund will ... help us get needed assistance to victims quickly” with a straight face. Clearly he has never waited in line at the Registry, on the phone with the DORS, or tried to get DEEP to approve a permit! Thank you no thank you I can manage my charity without government involvement. I know that for a Progressive / Socialist like the Governor, more government is always the answer and that as required by the Emanuel Doctrine “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before”. So until our Glorious Leader BHO eliminates the deductibility of charitable contributions, we can have a bunch of Party Hack and Sycophants deciding who should get private donations and what they can spend them on! Donations will be a matter of public record and so be prepared for “the conversations” if you do not donate! And you thought laundering union dues for Democrat Party contributions was big business!

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