Clean Water Action's Environmental Justice Organizer Kim Gaddy discusses port expansion at the Port of NY and NJ on MSNBC including increased risks of air pollution and health issues without the promise of jobs and economic benefits for area residents who are receiving the environmental harm.
The controversy surfaced publicly at a hearing held by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee yesterday on how to allocate money voters approved in a constitutional amendment last month to dedicate a portion of corporate business-tax revenue to open space issues.
While providing a stable source of funding for 30 years for open-space preservation, the money is far less than the approximately $200 a year the state typically allocated to these programs in the past. Having less money to spend is leading to conflicts.
Now they'll have to fight for the money thrown in the pot.
The constitutional amendment passed last month creates a lasting source of funding for New Jersey's open space, but does so at the expense of other environmental programs, including contaminated site remediation and improvement projects at state parks.