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How to Fund Open-Space Preservation in the Garden State: A Conversation

A constitutional amendment is being generally endorsed, but some fear money may be siphoned off from other 'green' programs

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New Jersey's open-space preservation program is virtually broke. With funds drying up to preserve farmland, to restore historic structures, and to buy undeveloped land, the Legislature is once again proposing a way to pay for those projects over the long term.

The latest initiative to move forward by lawmakers would put a constitutional amendment to dedicate up to $150 million a year out of the state's corporate business tax to finance the program. It has won general endorsements from the environmental community -- with some reservations. Some worry about a provision in the measure that would siphon money from existing environmental programs to pay for open-space preservation.

Listen in as Tom Johnson, NJ's Spotlight's environment writer, discusses open-space issues with Alan Tu of WHYY/NewsWorks.

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