Governor Scott Recommends $1.4 Billion from Budget Go Towards Protecting and Restoring Natural Resources
For this Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Governor recommended to give $1.4 billion from the budget towards protecting and restoring the natural resources in Florida. The budget will include money to continue to support the Everglades Restoration Plan, as well as springs protection improvements and the purchase of conservation lands.
“By proposing more than a billion dollars, Governor Scott recognizes the Department’s commitment to preserving the environment through sound science,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “This significant funding will ensure the Department’s ability to continue to safeguard and protect the state’s natural resources.”
Click here to see a list of items regarding environmental protection on the proposed budget
Governor Rick Scott’s Policy and Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
On April 17, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed the 2012-13 state budget while visiting Cunningham Creek Elementary School in St. Johns County. To view and read the press release, veto list, budget letter and other budget information, please visit the Scott/Carroll Administration Budget webpage.
After months of traveling the state and listening to teachers, parents, students, small businesses owners and families, Governor Scott unveiled a budget on Dec. 7, 2011 that reflects the issues and solutions most important to Floridians – funding education and helping Floridians create jobs.
“The dollars in this budget belong to all Floridians, and I have listened to the things they believe are important to spend these dollars on,” said Governor Scott. “I have heard loud and clear that Floridians want their money spent on education and jobs, without additional burdens on families and businesses, and this budget accomplishes that.”
View press release.
View proposed budget.
Dec. 7, 2011 DEP Statement
DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. released the following statement on Dec. 7, 2011 regarding Govenor Scott’s Policy and Budget Reccomendations on Florida’s environment.
“Through his proposed budget, Governor Rick Scott continues to demonstrate his commitment to protecting the natural resources that make Florida the best state in the nation to live, work and visit.Governor Scott’s budget includes $40 million in proposed funding for Everglades restoration, which will allow Florida to keep the momentum going in the state-federal partnership to restore one of Florida’s most valuable natural treasures.
“This budget also prioritizes projects and programs dedicated to improving the health of Florida’s water resources. By requesting more than $240 million to restore our waterways and ensure a more sustainable water supply, Governor Scott is working to address one of the most important issues facing Floridians today.
“In addition, Governor Scott requests $15 million for the Florida Forever program, which will allow the state to continue to ensure we have the right public lands in the right places to protect our most important land and water resources.
“The future of Florida depends on both a healthy economy and a healthy environment, and Governor Scott’s proposed budget reflects his dedication to achieving both.”
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Statement from the Everglades Foundation about Gov. Scott’s Budget Proposal:
“Last month, Gov. Rick Scott told Naples supporters of the Everglades Foundation that his administration, “is absolutely focused on making sure the right thing happens with the Everglades.”
“Last week, Gov. Scott demonstrated his commitment by recommending to the Legislature that it invest $40 million next year on Everglades restoration. This is a significant increase. In Scott’s first budget he recommended spending only $17 million. Legislative leaders increased that amount to $29.95 million.
“We know Gov. Scott has to face tough choices in making his budget recommendations,” said Kirk Fordham, Everglades Foundation CEO. “The fact that Gov. Scott is willing to more than double his previous request for Everglades funding, demonstrates his understanding that protecting the Everglades and our water supply is a necessary ingredient to growing our state’s economy.””We are encouraged by Gov. Scott’s effort to prioritize Everglades restoration. We would also ask the Legislature to join Gov. Scott in funding this initiative.”
Statement from Julie Wraithmell, Director of Wildlife Conservation for Audubon of Florida:
“Audubon is encouraged to see Governor Scott make a commitment to Florida Forever and Everglades restoration in his 2012-2013 Budget Recommendation. As the Florida Legislative Session unfolds early next year, it is our hope that that House and Senate leadership will use these amounts as a starting point that leads to increased funding for these critical programs. As always, Audubon is eager to work with state officials in crafting the best plan for protecting the places that make Florida special.”