Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NJ Open Space Funding On the Line

Info below is from a NJ Conservation Foundation email just received. The state assembly has resisted supporting open space funding, and needs to hear from supporters. The vote is this Thursday, July 31.

Last chance to bring open space funding over the finish line!
TomorrowJuly 31, is the last chance for the New Jersey Assembly to pass legislation to replenish open space, parks, farmland and historic preservation funding this year. Please help ensure the measure is approved before it's too late!

Please call and email your Assembly representatives today! Urge them to attend the Assembly session tomorrow and support ACR130.

Funds from the last bond referendum in 2009 are all spent or allocated. Without passage by the Assembly tomorrow, the measure won't make it onto the November ballot. 
This link may allow you to send an email.

ACR130 would dedicate 4% of existing Corporate Business Tax revenues to critical open space preservation and environmental protection programs through Fiscal Year 2019, and dedicate an additional 2% of existing CBT revenues from FY2020 going forward. This would provide a long-term, dedicated source of funding for land, water and farmland protection efforts without any fiscal impact until FY2020, when an additional 2% of CBT revenues (approximately $50 million) would be allocated for these purposes.

Talking points:             
  • All Green Acres, Blue Acres, Farmland and Historic Preservation funds from the 2009 $400 million bond act are now fully allocated. Without action, these critical efforts will come to a standstill while tens of thousands of acres of natural lands and farmland are in need of protection.
  • The New Jersey Senate has already passed this legislation by a landslide vote.
  • This legislation provides a long-term, dedicated source of funding for park and preservation efforts without any fiscal impact until FY2020.
  • Preserving open space and farmland is critical to the future of our state's quality of life and economy.

Thank you in advance for your help! Please forward this email to others who may be interested in helping, and share on your social networks.

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