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Poll: What Do You Think of Putting Open-Space Funding on Statewide Ballot?

Should money be spent to address other needs? Or is preservation of open space and historic structures worth the price?

The state Legislature this week approved a bill to place on the November ballot a constitutional amendment that would dedicate future business-tax revenue for the purchase of additional open space and historical parcels throughout the state.

What do you think? Are their fears warranted? What should the state do?

  • Everyone agrees that this is a difficult issue. But the state, which is footing the bill after all, must have maximum flexibility when it comes to making these decisions. I support Christie on this one.

  • Although similar, we are blending a lot of issues here. The state needs to bring people home from out of state if we have the ability to care for them, regardless of how long they’ve lived elsewhere. It’s a question of funding reimbursement, responsibility and making our system work. However, if someone needs an institution, they shouldn’t be placed in a group home in opposition to the family – particularly if they will be moved far away.

  • Why can’t the state have a moratorium on moving those existing patients – even if they are out of state or in an institution that will remain open – if the family objects? The disabled have enough issues – they shouldn’t be ripped from the only home they’ve known. Only new patients should be sent to the community group homes, unless the family welcomes it.

  • Both the Christie administration and the state Legislature should have involved families more in this plan from the get-go. At least this legislation would have corrected that original mistake. First they closed two development centers in the most populous part of the state and are giving families the dubious choice between a local group home with fewer services or sending patients too far away. Now, they are talking about forcing patients that we sent out of state because we couldn’t provide for them to a new living situation. It’s disgraceful to veto these bills.

  • This is really a complicated and distressing issue. I don’t know enough about it but I do think families need to be consulted.

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