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