(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement about the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget presented today by Governor Hogan:
"At first glance, this budget appears to be a welcome New Year's resolution by Maryland—to spend revenues on Bay clean-up efforts that were intended just for those purposes. Shifting some of those funds to other purposes has become an Annapolis tradition.
"We still are examining exactly how the $53 million in revenue in The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund is proposed to be spent. How we spend the money is just as critical as the amount itself. Priority must be given to cost-effective and targeted measures, as well as those that leverage other dollars, such as expenditures that help local governments reduce polluted runoff."