Senate Falls Shy Of Votes To Put Open Space Question On 2013 Ballot
Sen. President Sweeney (D-03) did everything in his power to jam through a SCR-160 yesterday, including leaving the board open all day for senators to cast their vote on the open space measure.
Thankfully for taxpayers, the senate fell two votes short of the needed 24 (3/5ths) needed in the body to put the question to voters in this year’s election. A subsequent vote would also have been required in the Assembly (also with 3/5ths approval) by August 4th.
SCR-160, if approved by voters, would amend the state constitution in order to dedicate $6 billion over 30 years ($200 million per year) in sales tax revenue for open space.
AFP will continue to oppose this measure if it comes up again in the future. This is bad fiscal policy for our state, which already is facing significant budgetary problems, and which should not be tying the hands of future legislatures in trying to solve our State’s budget mess.