Thursday, February 10, 2005

Budget Cuts Will Hurt the Sound and No One's Paying Attention

Two days after what could be the biggest Long Island Sound story in a long time, and still not a peep from any newspaper except Newsday, as far I can tell.

February 9, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Funding to study, clean up and prevent pollution in Long Island Sound would be slashed by nearly 93 percent under the spending plan President George W. Bush submitted to Congress on Monday, a move that would have not only environmental but economic impact to the region, analysts say.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a Congressional staffer in response to a concern expressed by a citizen:

"The LIS funding level is certainly cause for action, but the "slashed by 93 percent" statistic is more sensational than accurate. They are comparing last year's Congressionally-enacted funding level to this year's Administration proposal. For the last 16 fiscal years, the vast majority of funding for the EPA Long Island Sound Office has been added by Congress; historically, little has been requested by the President. The sad fact is to my knowledge no Clinton or Bush budget ever proposed more than $750,000 for the EPA Long Island Sound office, the rest was added in the legislative process.

The bottom line is that Connecticut and New York's Senators and Representatives will fight for increased appropriations, and they will continue to do so as a unified, bipartisan, bi-state team. I'd be happy to keep the LISWA listserve informed as the Congressional effort to increase the funding level progresses throughout the year."

9:41 PM  

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