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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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    Christie Conditionally Vetoes Bill Stopping from Taking Open Space Funding to Fund Other Programs

    By James O'Neill (The Record) - May 25, 2016 The Legislature's ongoing battle with Governor Christie over how to use dedicated open space preservation funds took another turn Monday as Christie conditionally vetoed a bill that would have prevented him from using the money to cover state parks management in his budget.  Conservation advocates decried the move, saying that taking the money for plug holes in the state budget puts at risk the chance to protect sensitive land in North Jersey and elsewhere that should be preserved.
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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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