Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is out with his Fiscal Year 2021 budget, and it includes mass amounts of funding for Maryland’s environment and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Governor dedicated a record $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coast Bays 2010 Trust Fund, more than $280 million for environmental infrastructure projects across the state, full funding for Program Open Space and land conservation programs, and $1.6 million to help the agricultural sector meet Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan goals. The Hogan administration has committed nearly $6 billion to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts over the last six years. The Governor said in a statement on Wednesday “I remain strongly committed to meaningful, innovative, bipartisan, common sense policies and programs that protect our environment in a manner that also promotes job growth and economic opportunity.”
Included in the budget is $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, a 7 percent increase over the prior year. The Governor also committed $280 million for environmental infrastructure projects.