The Greening the Budget (Virginia) 2005 report identifies critical areas in which reforms can produce both environmental and fiscal benefits, thus producing two-fold benefits for Virginia’s taxpayers. Reforming subsidy programs, eliminating wasteful expenditures, ensuring that Virginia gets its full share of federal dollars to address problems of congestion and poor air quality, and making sure that industries adversely affecting the environment bear the costs of their activities, are important components of sound fiscal and environmental policy.
Since its inception in 1994, the Green Scissors Campaign has fought to make environmental and fiscal responsibility priorities in Washington. The campaign seeks to eliminate subsidies and programs that both harm the environment and waste taxpayer dollars. By making these cuts, the federal government can save money for priorities including deficit reduction.