Skip to comments.(CT)DEEP facing both federal and state budget cuts
Posted on 12/12/2012 6:00:01 PM PST by matt04
Facing potentially dramatic budget cuts on two fronts, Connecticut's commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the agency will need to remake its business model to continue to do its job.
In a particularly sobering presentation to an annual gathering of environmental advocates, Daniel Esty made it clear that the pain from a series of expected state budget cuts would be exacerbated by anticipated federal ones -- money that the department has relied heavily on for many years.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget rescissions last month have already stripped nearly $1.5 million from DEEP's budget and more are all-but guaranteed in the coming weeks and next year.
"As tough as our budget situation is in the state circumstances," Esty said. "I believe it's facing an even more severe crunch in Washington."
Nearly a third of DEEP's operating budget comes from the federal government and between the potential for falling off the "fiscal cliff" and inevitable budget cuts -- a bleak budget outlook could start to look even bleaker in the coming months.
"I think we are going to have to re-prioritize and explore what is the core of the mission of environmental protection in the state," Esty said. "It's going to require a broader transformation of how we do business broadly not just in state government but in particular how we do business in our department and it's going to mean we have to think creatively and try to be quite transformative in how we do regulation, in how we finance our efforts including our land conservation efforts and how we engage with partners."
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>> [DEEP] will need to remake its business model
In what corner of whose universe does a damned government regulatory agency have a BUSINESS MODEL??!?
That’s just wrong on so many levels.
Sounds like DEEP is a good agency for shuttering
Can always use a shot of good news.
Thanks for posting.