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Governor's Trigger Cuts Could Hurt Environmental Programs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 14, 2012

The governor's back-up plan would trim more than $20 million from environmental programs. 

For example, it would slash a million dollars in warden staffing from the Department of Fish and Game. Kim Delfino is with the group Defenders of Wildlife:

DELFINO: "It's budget dust, it's such a small amount of money, yet the impact is going to be enormous, These men and women are really the last line of defense against poachers and polluters." 

The governor's trigger cuts would also eliminate all lifeguards on state beaches to save about $1.5 million.

The plan would cut $10 million from the state's firefighting budget.  Levee upkeep would also feel the pinch from a $6.5 million dollar cut to flood control programs. 

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