The state Department of Marine Resources will ask the Legislature for a 4 percent increase in its budget for the fiscal year that will begin July 1, according to a budget request unveiled Tuesday at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting.
“Since FY 2000, the MDMR general fund appropriations have fell [sic] from $2,704,452 (FY 2000) to $1,125,351 (FY 2014),” Executive Director Jamie Miller wrote in a letter to the Legislative Budget Office that accompanied the FY 2015 budget request. Miller said he’ll make the case for the budget before the Legislative Budget Committee in September. Hearings will be Sept. 16-19 but the dates and times haven’t been set.
Miller also offered copies of the budget to the public at the meeting.