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Press Statement: FCV’s Aliki Moncrief on Cuts to Environmental Budget – “The Numbers Don’t Lie”

published on: May 8, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017

Contact: Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, [email protected], 850-443-7609 or Jonathan Webber, Deputy Director, [email protected], 954-593-4449

Twitter: @fcvoters

Statement from Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, Florida Conservation Voters:

“This year, the legislative budget process itself has been less than transparent but now, with the appropriations bill in hand, we at least have the numbers to rely on. And the numbers don’t lie — environmental spending has been cut by just over $372 million from last year. Hardest hit is the Department of Environmental Protection. With the challenges facing our state, we should be focusing more resources on environmental protection, not less.”

Total Environmental Spending 2017

Agency/ProgramGeneral RevenueTrust FundsTotal Funding (All Sources)Percent GRPercent TFChange from 2016Percent Reduction
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Water Policy Coordination$14,771,974$31,293,782$46,065,75632.1%67.9%-$19,617,001.0030%
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service$27,939,987$92,411,494$120,351,48123.2%76.8%-$35,159,594.0023%
Department of Environmental Protection$175,709,389$1,256,827,685$1,432,537,07412.3%87.7%-$308,690,95719%
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission$35,483,357$335,031,087$370,514,4449.6%90.4%-$9,075,9863%


View our summary of Water and Land Conservation Amendment appropriations (also referred to as Land Acquisition Trust Fund appropriations) here.