Were Natural Resources Budgets Cut in the Final Budget?
One of the persistent claims of the environmental community this year was that natural resources budgets were taking big cuts. Now that the budget has been finalized, the numbers show Natural Resources agencies actually received a slight increase in their overall budget.
The budget increase is primarily due to a big increase for the Department of Fish and Wildlife in funding for Puget Sound efforts and money from the new "Discovery Pass" for parks.
Here are the major agencies and the changes for the next biennium:
|Department of Ecology||-1.93%|
|Parks and Recreation Commission||-0.66%|
|State Conservation Commission||-4.03%|
|Department of Fish and Wildlife||8.86%|
|Puget Sound Partnership||4.92%|
|Department of Natural Resources||-3.72%|
|Department of Agriculture||4.13%|
The total state budget will increase 3.3% for the 2011-13 Biennium.