The Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT), which funds open
space, farmland, and historic site preservation throughout the
state of New Jersey, is out of money. In order to renew funding
for the GSPT and ensure that a stable source of funding exists
in the future, the Sierra Club has joined the Keep It Green
coalition in promoting ACR10, which would dedicate a portion of
New Jersey's existing sales tax to this program.
Although ACR10 was unanimously voted out of the Assembly
Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday, May 14th, it is
currently not on the agenda for the Appropriations Committee's
May 17th meeting. The committee must vote on the bill before it
can be released for a vote on the Assembly floor, and this has
to happen by the first week in June if the measure is to go
before the voters on the ballot this November.
Yesterday the Star-Ledger reported that Governor Corzine and
Speaker Roberts have made a deal to kill ACR10. Instead, the
governor has proposed a stop-gap measure in anticipation of
passing a future bill to fund the GSPT with monies from asset
monetization (selling state assets, such as the turnpike). This
measure does not even come close to providing the amount of
money needed over the next year to secure our priceless
environmental resources and historic sites, nor does it lock in
a guaranteed funding source to ensure that this vital program
New Jersayans overwhelmingly support funding for open space
preservation and have voted in favor of it twelve times. It's
time for the governor and the speaker to let the voters decide
for themselves how they want their tax dollars spent.
We need your help! Please call Governor Corzine and Speaker
Roberts TODAY and tell them you want an Appropriations vote on
ACR10 this Thursday. No other measure will adequately protect
New Jersey's environmental and cultural heritage.
Governor Corzine's Office: (609) 292-6000
Speaker Roberts? Office: (856) 742-7600
I just called the Governor's office. His secretary answered. I told her my name and that I'm from Toms River. I asked if she would tell the governer that I would like the Appropriations vote on ACR10 to be this Thursday. She said she would pass on my message. Okay,...any one else want to call and be on the "yea" list?
Oh, just called Roberts. An even nicer secretary. She took my name and location and thanked me for the call.
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