No Accord on Funding to Protect Open Space

April 19, 2011

The state House and Senate are at odds as to how to fund the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.  The Olympian explains:

Excerpt: “House budget writers included $50 million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and used the project ranking system designed to keep political deal-making out of the equation.

In the Senate, the priority projects received $20 million, plus another $16 million was directed to politically popular projects. No farm preservation projects were funded in the Senate plan.

Both funding plans represent marked decreases from the $100 million the program received four years ago, a move that was expected due to the multibillion-dollar budget deficit.”

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