The Senate today approved bipartisan legislation appropriating almost $65 million to support capital projects and park development on lands administered under the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Endorsed by the Assembly this week, the measure now moves to the Governor’s desk for review.
The Senate approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would support boating, camping and recreation in New Jersey with a Constitutionally Dedicated appropriation of $65 million. (Wikimedia Commons)
The bill (A-4957/S-3361), sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield, reflects the interest of taxpayers who voted to support open space and recreational activities, including boating and camping, with a share of constitutionally dedicated Corporate Business Tax (CBT) revenues.
“New Jerseyans have repeatedly gone to the polls and expressed overwhelming support for investment in recreation and conservation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Our residents are committed to preserving land from development and ensuring safe, convenient access for leisure activities. Families value the time spent outdoors, and I’m honored to work with the Legislature in supporting their wishes.”
The money appropriated by the bill will fund important projects administered by the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry and the Division of Fish and Wildlife for improving boating and fishing opportunities, maintaining campsites, cabins and facilities, and completing vital repairs on bridges, park buildings and dams.
Funding in the bill flows through the Preserve New Jersey Act and was approved by voters in November 2014.
The act provides that a portion of dedicated CBT revenues allocated each year for the Green Acres program is to be used for the acquisition of lands for open space, including Blue Acres projects, and development projects on State lands administered by the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry; grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and grants to nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.