Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Who gets what: Jostling starts for NJ open-space funds

[LAST UPDATE: Dec 10 at 1:20 a.m. - six additional audio clips and one news story]
Environmental, farming, open space and historic preservation groups locked arms in a unified and successful campaign to convince voters in November to approve the dedication of a portion of New Jersey's corporate business tax to land preservation, stewardship, recreation and flood property buyouts.
Now the same groups are politely elbowing each other for favored position as the Legislature begins to deliberate how to distribute the $71 million that will start in 2016 and grow to $117 million in 2016.
In the first round of what will be a year-long negotiation, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee yesterday heard from a number of the organizations.
Listen below to portions of the the testimony from nine of them.
You can follow the entire committee hearing online here.

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