|A Streetcar Named Desire characters Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski|
Before the answer, a little background.
Two competing approaches to the vexing problem of funding open-space, farmland, and historic sites preservation bumped heads in the New Jersey Legislature last session and went nowhere.
One approach takes the traditional route of public bonding. The other would dedicate a portion of the state's sales tax to the purposes above so no future governor could 're-direct' the funds (some dare call it stealing) to other uses (like closing budget gaps).
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A new, two-year term is under way and Senator Bob Smith is the first out of the gate with his bill that takes the sales-tax-dedication approach.
In a pitch for SCR-2 this morning in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, Smith played up a lesser-known feature of the legislation--funding for the purchase of flood-prone properties.
|NJ State Senator Bob Smith|
Devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he noted that New Jersey has no stable funding source for such buyouts and is relying solely on federal funds--support won't last forever.
What's this got to do with Blanche Dubois, the memorable character in Tennessee Williams's
A Streetcar Named Desire?
Listen to this excerpt from today's hearing.
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