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EBC Government Affairs Committee Meeting
March 16, 2011 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Description: Massachusetts Environmental Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
Fiscal Year 2012 is looking at a $1.5 to $2 billion shortfall in Massachusetts state revenue. Over the past decade, the environmental budget has already been disproportionately cut compared to other programs. The Department of Environmental Protection has lost a quarter of its staff and is looking at cutting more based on estimates for FY2012. This will not only have serious ramifications in permitting and enforcement; it will also impact the implementation of critical programs such as incentives for renewable energy projects.
The March meeting of the EBC Government Affairs Committee will feature noted experts on the Massachusetts environmental budget processes. These speakers will outline the issues and describe initiatives that the EBC might undertake as proactive approaches to highlight the adverse impacts the underfunding of our environmental agencies will have on the Commonwealth