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On November 4, 2014 New Jersey voters approved Public Question 2 to ensure dedicated state funds are available to protect New Jersey's clean drinking water, open spaces, farmland and historic sites, as well as to improve water quality and clean up polluted sites.

Here's what you need to know about this ballot measure:

Dedicate existing funds, with no new taxes

Public Question 2 dedicates a small percentage of existing state revenues, without increase taxes, to replenish the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs, and continue funding to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground storage tanks, and clean-up polluted sites.

Protect clean water, our quality of life, and our children's future

All funds from the statewide bond that voters approved in 2009 are fully allocated. There is no new money left for preservation programs in New Jersey, but tremendous needs remain. According to a report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, more than 650,000 acres still need to be preserved to protect natural and water resources and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities to a growing population. At least 350,000 acres of additional farmland must be preserved to maintain a viable agriculture industry, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.  Public Question 2 would ensure that stable funding is available to protect New Jersey's open spaces, waterways, farms and historic sites for our quality of life today, and for future generations.

 


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    The Holdup on Open-Space Spending? Christie Wants to Say Where Funds Go

    Tom Johnson (NJ Spotlight) - May 10, 2016 While Christie and Legislature are locked in a standoff, important environmental projects are stalled or suspended. Preserving agricultural land in the Delaware Bay region. Protecting feeder streams to a major source of drinking water in the Highlands. Buying up undeveloped land in the Sourland Mountains. Those are some of the projects hoping for funding from an open-space initiative approved by voters 18 months ago -- if a bill awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s decision is signed into law.
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    State Lawmakers Warn Christie to Keep His Hands off Open-Space Funding

    Tom Johnson (NJ Spotlight) Governor argues that money set aside for preservation programs can be used to pay for salaries and maintenance at state parks. The Legislature yesterday gave final approval to a bill that would allocate more than $140 million to fund long-stalled open-space and farmland preservation projects, setting up a possible confrontation with Gov. Chris Christie.  The bill (S-969) easily passed without debate in the Assembly, but it differs in one key aspect from how the governor wants to spend money from a 2014 ballot initiative that authorized using a portion of corporate business taxes for land-preservation program.
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