Program:                Pollution prevention

Appropriation:

Federal Funds:

$420,800

 

Special Revenue Funds:

$2,537,300

 

GF/GP:

$52,700

 

Total:

$3,010,800[6]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds four programs that assist businesses and communities with pollution prevention and waste reduction, including materials handling, recycling and composting.

Recommended Action:

This program should be eliminated. Well-intentioned though these programs are, the services they finance are widely available from private environmental firms. And to the extent that state government refrains from providing these nonessential services, environmental groups that lobby government to assume responsibility would have more incentive to focus their resources directly on voluntary and market-based waste reduction, recycling and composting.  Savings: $3,010,800.

Program:                Pollution prevention outreach

Appropriation:

All from Special Revenue Funds:

$300,000

 

Total:

$300,000[7]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds pollution prevention outreach, a program that pays for workshops, seminars and conferences on regulatory requirements and pollution prevention.

Recommended Action:

As noted above, there is no shortage of private-sector professionals competing to provide these services. This line item should be eliminated. Savings: $300,000.