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Report · July 2002

California’s Natural Resource Programs: Where Does the Money Come From and Where Does It Go?

Fred Silva

This report analyzes natural resource priorities by reviewing program expenditures and revenues between fiscal years 1978-79 and 2000-01. It finds that, with the exception of 2000-2001, the percentage of total state spending directed to natural resources has been declining. It also finds that, until 1999, allocations for resource conservation grew compared to those devoted to resource development and resource-related public safety. Finally, the data show that general fund allocations for natural resource programs declined over the study period, but that this funding was largely replaced by special funds earmarked for specific purposes.