Budget

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

Senate Ways and Means releases budget

February 28th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The Senate Ways and Means Chair released another version of the state operating budget. This version calls for $17 million in cuts to natural resources agencies.

Details of how these cuts would impact major natural resources agencies can be found at the links below:
Department of Ecology
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Puget Sound Partnership
Department of Natural Resources

Both house caucuses release budgets with natural resources cuts (UPDATED)

February 22nd, 2012  |  Published in Budget

Both the house Republicans and Democrats have released proposed state budgets in the last few days. Both documents include millions in cuts to the state’s natural resources budgets. In total, the house Democrats cut $39 million, while the Republican budget cuts $30 million, including closing the Puget Sound Partnership.

The original version of this post wrongly had the Democratic cuts at $5 million.

Here are links to the relevant pages on natural resources (pdf links):

Proposed supplemental budgets released by both chambers

December 13th, 2011  |  Published in Budget

Both the house and the senate (links are pdf docs) released proposals for the 2011 supplemental budgets. Both versions trim the same amount from identical sources of natural resources agencies, almost $6.3 million.

Here is a direct link to the section regarding natural resources agencies.

Governor’s supplemental budget includes $15.6 million cuts to natural resources

November 21st, 2011  |  Published in Budget, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Partnership

The governor’s office released details of the proposed supplemental budget, including more than $15 million in cuts to natural resources management.

Budget cut proposals released by governor

October 28th, 2011  |  Published in Budget, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, State Agencies

Yesterday the governor’s office released a package of proposed budget cuts, including a breakdown of those impacting natural resources agencies.

Here is a breakdown of the cuts could impact each agency:

  • Department of Agriculture: $5,358,000
  • Conservation Commission: $1,400,000
  • Department of Ecology: $2,822,000
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife: $10,815,000
  • Department of Natural Resources: $2,570,000
  • State Parks: $1,700,000

House general government to discuss natural resources consolidiation

October 11th, 2011  |  Published in Budget, Legislative Meetings

The House Committee on General Government Appropriations & Oversight will discuss the “natural resources consolidation proposals from the 2011 legislative session” as part of their meeting on Wednesday, October 19.

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in theSenate Hearing Rm 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building in Olympia. Here is the agenda.

Fish and Wildlife, Parks budget reduction documents posted

October 4th, 2011  |  Published in Budget, Fish and Wildlife, State Agencies

In response to the expected budget gap, state agencies were required to submit ideas to cut their budgets. You can download the WDFW document here and the State Parks here.

All state agencies that have submitted documents to the governors are listed here.

Budget reduction documents for Ecology

September 28th, 2011  |  Published in Budget, Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Partnership, State Agencies

Earlier this year state agencies were required to file plans with OFM on how they would help bridge the current state budget gap. The Department of Ecology has posted there’s here.

The largest proposed cut from Ecology is in staffing levels:

This reduction request includes permanent staffing cuts that will reduce motor vehicle emission testing, stream flow monitoring, water quality permit administration and water resources management.  It also includes one-time 2011-13 biennium staff cuts focused on air quality, toxic cleanup, and grant management activities.  The reductions include a mix of ongoing, direct General Fund-State cuts and one-time cuts and transfers from dedicated environmental accounts.

Also included in Ecology’s supplimental budget is a new request for funds to satisfy the results of a lawsuit filed by the Squaxin Island Tribe:

Johns Creek Hydrogeology Study – $171,000 State Drought Preparedness Account and $80,000 General Fund-Private/Local.  Ecology, the city of Shelton, and the Port of Shelton will partner to develop a groundwater model for Johns Creek.  The model will give Ecology information to make water management decisions in the basin and help Ecology respond to concerns raised by the Squaxin Island Tribe in their petition for rule-making in the Johns Creek Basin.

OFM has posted links to other agencies that have posted budget reduction memos, none of which are directly natural resources related (some natural resources agency documents have been added).

Proposed Senate operating budget and impact on natural resources agencies

April 13th, 2011  |  Published in Budget

The state Senate released their draft operating budget last night. You can read all of the associated documents here.

Below are snippets of the agency detail document that deal with impacts to natural resources agencies.

Department of Ecology:

Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Department of Natural Resources: