Details of how Rick Scott's budget will gut, err, reorganize Depts. of Community Affairs & Environmental Protection

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Environmental writer Bruce Ritchie has the details on how Rick Scott’s budget will gut, err, reorganize the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Environmental Protection:

Scott’s “Jobs Budget” would move the Division of Community Planning at the Florida Department of Community Affairs to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. DEP would retain only 10 of the 61 planning positions now at DCA as it focuses less on overseeing growth management decisions by local government, according to the governor’s budget staff.

The governor also calls on the state’s five water management districts to reduce their property tax rates by 25 percent. An implementing bill would require the districts to get approval for their budgets from the governor.

Scott also proposes $17 million for each of the next two years for Everglades restoration. The Everglades Foundation noted that the request is down from $50 million received each year for the past four years.

Scott also proposes moving the Division of State Lands from DEP to the Department of Management Services, which manages office buildings and state lands other than conservation lands.

Many more details on what Scott’s budget will do to the Depts. of Community Affairs and Environmental Protection can be found in Bruce Ritchie’s work here.

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