Posted Jan. 10, 2020; Updated Jan. 17, 2020
The Governor’s 2020-21 State Budget makes modest shifts in funding levels for both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency’s total budget is $3.927 billion, an approximately 15 percent decrease from the 2019-20 adopted budget. While the Natural Resources Agency total budget is $6.674 billion, a 2 percent increase from the 2019-20 adopted budget.
The Governor’s proposed budget also outlines an ambitious agenda related to climate resiliency and preparing the state to handle the next catastrophic emergency. The Governor’s budget touches on a number of goals in this area ranging from addressing sea level rise in coastal communities, to developing a $4.75 billion climate resiliency bond, to hardening the electrical grid for wildfire prevention. Cities would be in a position to benefit from these climate resiliency initiatives with new funding proposed for local governments in certain areas.