AFP Calls Out-of-Touch Environmental Policies Harmful
Pension payment much higher priority than wasting billions on open space
TRENTON – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading voice on pro-growth policies, says the depths to which environmental groups in the state are out of touch with taxpayers hit a new low yesterday as lobbyists pushed again for billions more in open space monies.
“For the third time in recent months, the Senate Environment and Energy committee put forth an open space bill which will spend at least $4 billion over the course of thirty years. Instead of putting our fiscal house in order—and more importantly addressing our pension and debt issue— we are going to create a slush fund to buy large tracks of land with no economic value added,” said state director Daryn Iwicki.
“If I were a public union member and saw legislators who have been funded by donations supporting a $4 billion dollar plan to preserve land over making pension payments, then I would call for them to return contributions. It just shows how out of touch environmental lobbyists are to the current crisis we face in New Jersey. Any member of the New Jersey Senate supporting this measure would also be sending a message that they are out of touch and just not coming to terms with the magnitude of our fiscal problems.”
“30 percent of land in New Jersey is already preserved space compared to 32 percent which is developed. I find it hard to buy the argument that open space is priority one in our state when we are facing more pressing obligations and I doubt overtaxed middle class New Jerseyans and those who are struggling to find a job think it is either.”
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