Archive for March, 2012

New Senate budget available

March 15th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The Senate released a new version of their budget, which includes cuts to natural resources agencies.  The main page for this new budget proposal is here.

The agency details can be found here:

Proposed budgets side by side

March 9th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The House Office of Program Research put together a comparison of the House and Senate budgets. Here is a link that compares the impacts both versions have on natural resources agencies. In general, the House budget cuts $30 million from natural resources agencies, while the senate version cuts almost twice as much.

Environmental mitigation bill passes senate, on to governor

March 2nd, 2012  |  Published in HB 2238

HB 2238 (Regarding environmental mitigation) passed the senate yesterday on a 42 to 7 vote and will advance to the governor. An amendment from committee was rejected on the house floor. Here is a staff report (pdf link) that summarizes the bill as passed by the legislature.

Marine management planning bill passes house, on to governor

March 2nd, 2012  |  Published in SB 6263

SB 6263 (Facilitating marine management planning) passed on the house on a 90 to 7 vote yesterday and will advance to the governor. An amendment (pdf link) was adopted from the floor.

Houses passes operating budget

March 1st, 2012  |  Published in Budget, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Partnership

The house passed an operating budget last night, which included $34 million in cuts to natural resources agencies. Here is the outline (pdf link) of the changes to the natural resources segment of the operating budget.

Here are the summaries for the large natural resources agencies (pdf links):
Ecology
Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources
Puget Sound Partnership