Save the Bay Criticizes Raimondo and Mattiello for Budget Cuts to Environment

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


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Save the Bay is strongly criticizing this year's budget and laying clear aim at Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker of the House Nick Mattiello for the cuts. Save the Bay is the State's largest environmental advocacy organization in Rhode Island.

"Governor Raimondo and General Assembly Leaders have agreed to a budget that short-changes Narragansett Bay," said Save the Bay.  The budget cuts include:

  • Eliminating 2 positions – originally proposed by the Governor - from the state’s water resources program. These are the people who work to keep the Bay clean.
  • “Transferring” $5M from the Narragansett Bay Commission to the state’s general fund. These funds are intended to be used for clean water projects. NBC ratepayers will now have to make up the difference – this is unfair!
  • “Transferring” $1M from the RI Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) to the state’s general fund. According to RIIB, “transferring $1 million would reduce its capacity to invest in local environmental infrastructure projects by $5 million. The proposed transfer would have a negative impact on…homeowners and municipalities that benefit from these programs” such as low interest loans for septic system upgrades, and renewable energy projects.

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