Saturday, May 13, 2006

Illinois Public Space & the 2007 Budget

Jonathan Goldman of the Illinois Environmental Council recently blogged about the proposed budget cuts to our funds for public and open spaces over at the Illinois Enviroblog. Thanks to some great fighting back by organizations like his, most, but not all, of the cuts were saved.

Here's an especially nice nugget of good news:

The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Fund (OSLAD) was slated to have $20 million raided, but this was fought off. In addition, the annual appropriation was increased from $20 million this year to $30 million for next year! Also, the Conservation 2000 program will receive a $12 million appropriation from this fund.

The full scoop here at Illinois Enviroblog.

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