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NJ Democrats haven’t agreed how to fund open space

Local News | Nov 25, 2013

NJ Democrats haven’t agreed how to fund open space

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says it’s time for legislators to figure out how to replenish the depleted open space acquisition fund.

But the outgoing leader acknowledges that there’s no consensus on which long-term funding option to put to voters.

The Assembly is expected to introduce a resolution Monday asking voters to approve $200 million in borrowing.

It would be a short-term fix giving lawmakers more time to come up with permanent funding.

Environmental organizations have been advocating for long-term funding for several years.

A resolution that advanced in the Senate asks voters to approve directing $200 million a year in sales tax revenue to open space. But the measure stalled in the Assembly over concerns about its overall cost.