Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kasich giving few details of Natural Resources' 2011-2012 budget

If you are wondering what Ohio Gov. John Kasich budget plans are for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, stand in line.

The state's elected legislators are equally wondering where the agency stands.

"The ODNR is not even mentioned in the Executive Budget Summary, though there is a (general) decrease in spending by $3 billion the first year and $2 billion by the second year with declines elsewhere," said state Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township.

"The problem is we don’t have any details, and we’re waiting on them."

Natural Resources Director David Mustine will conduct a teleconference Wednesday regarding the budget's impact on the agency.

However, he has not yet released or announced the proposed nuts and bolts, complicating as to what questions to ask in regards to how the budget fits with the Natural Resources' mission.

As details become available they will be published here.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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