Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Kansas State Water Plan Fund
The optimist says that $20 million a year for water projects is pretty good. The pessimist says that $20 million of 1989 dollars is only $10 million of 2010 dollars, so water resource funding in Kansas is losing ground. I guess I'm neither an optimist nor pessimist (or perhaps more accurately - both) because $20 million 1989 dollars was not enough and it's getting less and less each year. Kansas has this year a $13.7 billion budget. ALL natural resources spending combined is but .5% of that budget. I'm sorry, but it's almost embarassing in light of the almost bombastic rhetoric water gets each and every year in this drier than average state. When the funding starts to flow from the verbiage, I'll become an optimist.
OK, let's put up the soapbox and start thinking about other interesting, but more positive, topics.