Plans to Divvy Up State’s Open-Space Funds Continue to Raise a Clamor

Assemblywoman Grace Spencer

Assemblywoman Grace Spencer

By Tom Johnson for NJ Spotlight

The discussion on how to spend money from an open-space ballot question approved last November is growing more contentious.

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee narrowly approved on Thursday its own version of a plan to divvy up the money, but it differs in many ways from a bill now moving through the Senate — as well as from the Christie administration’s proposal in its budget for next year.

But it’s not just legislators and the administration that are divided on how to split a smaller amount of money (at least $71 million a year compared to as much as $200 million in past years); the environmental community also is at odds as to where the funds should be directed.

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