Republican spending targets for the environment are not good. Is anybody out there surprised.

This morning the Republicans published their spending targets. With the target given to it, the environment and natural resources committee that proposes the budgets for the various environmental agencies will spend $94 million less for the environment in the next two years than it spent in the last two years. I fully expect that there will be less for renewable energy too, but since that budget is covered in another bigger budget, we don’t yet know the exact dollar amount. Cuts here and from other budgets will allow the Republicans to vote for an enormous $1.4 billion tax cut package.

In addition, with its cuts to EPA, the Trump budget would translate to an estimated $10.5 million cut per year from MPCA’s current federal funding of about $22 million per year