Open space bill for constitutional amendment passes in Assembly

TRENTON – The Assembly just passed a constitutional amendment on open space.

SCR-84 passed by a vote of 58-9-1.

The bill would dedicate part of the Corporation Business Tax revenues to open space preservation. From 2016-2019 4% from the business tax will go to open space generating about $70 million per year. After 2019 then 6% will be dedicated to open space generating about $150 million since our economy will be improving, according to the Sierra Club.

“Today’s vote is a victory for the environment and open space. This is the most successful program in state history, which would have ended without today’s vote by the assembly. It will go on the ballot and it will be up to the voters to decide. Now the real work starts. It is not enough just to get open space on the ballot, but we have to pass the ballot question in November. We now need to develop a campaign to educate the people of New Jersey about why open space is important and why we need to invest our hard earned tax dollars to protect that open space,” said Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club. 

Open space bill for constitutional amendment passes in Assembly