Two Questions For Voters On NJ Ballot

Nov 6, 2017

There are two questions on the New Jersey ballot for voters to consider when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

Ed Potosnak with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters says a proposed constitutional amendment would require all the money from environmental damage lawsuits be dedicated to restoring and replacing natural resources.

“With New Jersey taxes already among the highest in the country, the question makes sure that communities have the resources they need to restore the environment without having to raise property taxes. For many communities this is a one-time opportunity to restore the environment.”

Environmental damage awards in the past have been diverted to balance the state budget.

New Jersey Library Association executive director Patricia Tumulty says the second ballot question would authorize the state to borrow $125 million to help public libraries expand or upgrade their technology.

“We still have a significant number of libraries that are not ADA accessible. We have a significant number of libraries that need to have electronic upgrades because now we do everything with computers. Many of their building were not built when we needed to have such computer access.”

Opponents say the state already has a high amount of debt.