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BEACH Act underfunded… underimpressive

February 09 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

What would you say to the following scenario.

Crime is at an all time high in your neighborhood. Taxes are collected with the understanding that some meaningful percentage will go toward preserving peace and well-being of your neighborhood. Let's make it even more concrete... your taxes were collected to build a new police station and populate it with 18 new officers. So, you paid your taxes... building was created but then only six officers were hired. Let's say, for arguments sake, that crime decreased by one third... but crime still remained a problem as the total need wasn't addressed.

What would you say to that?

This is the situation with the BEACH Act.

The BEACH Act's funding is at the lowest level ever.

Passed in 2000, the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, was originally slated to receive $30 million in annual funding. Initial funding for the first full year, 2002, however, was only $10 million. Since then, annual funding has been stuck at or just below the $10 million mark. For 2008, proposed BEACH Act funding has been cut a bit more than before, to only $9.75 million. In inflation adjusted dollars, that's a decline of more than 5% from last year's $9.9 million allocation. Read EPA's rosy press release.
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