Iowa Environmental Council to Gov: Back up your talk with $$$Posted: May 3, 2012
The Iowa Environmental Council noted on Tuesday that despite the governor saying the right things during Soil and Water Conservation Week, state investment in the environment is decreasing markedly under his watch.
As Iowa Governor Terry Branstad attends events across the state this week celebrating efforts to conserve soil and water resources, Iowans will be looking at how the Governor’s stated support lines up with his recommendations for state government’s action on conservation issues, said Marian Riggs Gelb, executive director of the Iowa Environmental Council.
One example cited by the IEC is funding for the Watershed Improvement Review Board:
“The Watershed Improvement Review Board supports exactly the type of work the Governor is championing this week, yet under his watch, funding for the program has disappeared,” Gelb said.
In fact, after five years of steady investment at $5 million each year and a reduction to $2 million in 2011, last year the legislature provided no additional funds for WIRB grants.
As I’ve discussed on this blog before, the fact that revenue is increasing in Iowa takes away the argument that we all need to tighten our belts in lean times. The fact that the governor and the Republicans continue to call for cuts for the environment (and justice, and social services, and on and on) demonstrates where their values are.