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Our Annual State of the Pinelands Report

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
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by Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director

The economy and public finance dominated public policy discussions and politics this year, and the environment usually got into the debate only because certain special interests are using the economic crisis to try tearing down environmental protections. This year’s State of the Pinelands Report provides grounds for satisfaction and disappointment, optimism and worry for the future. On the positive side of the ledger, the public’s vote for more open space funding stands out, especially in the midst of a severe financial and economic crisis and an election in which two of the three main party candidates for governor opposed the measure. On the negative side, we see a raft of legislation coming from both parties aimed at weakening environmental protection in the name of economic necessity – an argument that finally only serves those specific industries, like house builders, who benefit at the expense of other industries, like tourism, and the public at large. (more…)

 

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