State environmental spending is now less than one percent of the total Massachusetts budget, a troubling low for a state that has long prided itself on its environmental innovations and protections, a new analysis shows.

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From the Boston Globe

Mass Environmental Spending Continues to Slide
Beth Daley
February 17, 2011

State environmental spending is now less than one percent of the total Massachusetts budget, a troubling low for a state that has long prided itself on its environmental innovations and protections, a new analysis shows.

The Environmental League of Massachusetts, a group of 40 environmental organizations, says that budget cuts stemming in large part from the financial crisis have shrunk the fiscal year 2012 environmental budget to less than .6 percent, or $178.5 million.

"Environmental budgets have taken disproportionate cuts and state agencies are now in danger of becoming dysfunctional," said George Bachrach, president of the Environment League. He said lag times in permitting and cleaning up polluted sites for future development could slow economic recovery. And if the state can't protect rivers and beaches, "we risk the jobs of our $14 billion tourism industry and the quality of life that attracts corporate leaders..."

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