Last week, the Governor’s Office presented its Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14.  The Environmental Budget totals approximately $3 Billion, or roughly 4% of the total $74.2 Billion budget.   No surprise, the largest percentage of the total budget is allocated to Health and Human Services at approximately $31 Billion (41.7%) followed by Education at approximately $22 Billion (29.7%).   

The Governor’s Recommended Environmental Budget is further broken down as follows: 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - $1.2 Billion

•             $60 million for Everglades Restoration

•             $75 million for Florida Forever

•             $25 million for Beach Restoration Projects

•             $135 million for Petroleum Tank Cleanup Projects

•             $19 million for State Park Repairs and Enhancements/Remove Access Barriers

•             $269.8 million for Water Resource and Restoration Programs 

$142.7 million for Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction

$23.3 million for Small Community Wastewater Grants

$72.9 million for Drinking Water Facility Construction

$6.4 million for Total Maximum Daily Loads

$14.4 million for Nonpoint Source Management Planning

$7.1 million for Increases to Springs Restoration and Protection

 $3 million for Apalachicola Bay Restoration Projects

 

Reductions

DEP - $12.3 million and 125 positions

District offices - $3.6M and 78 positions

Water Resources Management - $1.1M and 14 positions

Air Resources Management program efficiencies - $l million

 

AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES - $1.4 Billion

•             $4 million for Citrus Research

•             $6.1 million for Citrus Health Response Program ($500,000 CHMAs)

•             $500,000 for Expansion of Budwood Facility

•             $3 million for Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protections Areas

•             $1.5 million for Agricultural Best Management Practices

•             $3.8 million for Giant African Land Snail Eradication Program

•             $3.1 million for Replacement of Wildfire Suppression Equipment

•             $2.5 million for Additional Authority for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Reductions

DACS - $7.7 million and 24 positions

Soil-Based Sensors Project -$4 million

Excess Unfunded Federal Budget Authority- $2.3 million

Vacant Positions - $786,753 and 17 FTEs

Closure of Live Oak Lab - $379,514 and 7 FTEs

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION - 293.6 million

  • $3.3 million for Federal Boating Safety and Improvement Grants

•             $1.8 million for Florida Boating Improvement Program

•             $1.4 million for Triple N Shooting Park

•             $800,000 for Artificial Reef Construction

•             $595,000 for Wildlife Management Area Land Improvements

Reductions

$6.5 million in unfunded federal budget authority