PADEP loses an additional $37 million in the state budget that the Senate passed yesterday and Governor Corbett is expected to sign into law later this week. Given the steep cuts imposed on PADEP over the last few years, $37 million seems more manageable, but it will still inflict additional pain on a Department that we all rely on to protect the Commonwealth's environment. The cuts are very ably broken down in a posting on Dave Hess' blog. The cuts are as follows:
Total General Fund Appropriations: $135.4 million, decrease of $10 million
General Government Operations: $10.7 million, decrease of $2.3 million
Environmental Program Management: $28 million, decrease of $1.4 million
Environmental Protection Operations: $78.1 million, decrease of $1.3 million
Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Source Abatement: $2.7 million, decrease of $76,000
Flood Control Projects: zeroed out, decrease of $3.4 million
Sewage Facilities Planning Grants: $779,000, decrease of $87,000
Sewage Facilities Enforcement Grants: $2.5 million, decrease of $49,000
Conservation Districts: $2.8 million, decrease of $29,000
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