Looking to maintain the beauty and applicability of New Jersey's farm and historic lands, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann sponsored legislation included in a multi-bill package, which cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday.
The first bill (A-4733), sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, appropriates $15,000,000 from constitutionally dedicated corporate business tax (CBT) revenues to the State Agricultural Development Committee for municipal planning incentive grants for farmland preservation purposes.
“Our agriculture industry has been a way of life for generations of New Jerseyans. It is one of the backbones of New Jersey," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "It is our responsibility to provide the municipalities most dependent upon this industry with the resources necessary to keep our farmlands beautiful and functional.”
The second bill (A-4735), also dedicated to farmland preservation, and sponsored by Assemblyman Houghtaling, appropriates CBT funds to certain nonprofit organizations dedicated to land conservation.
“Without the support of vital nonprofit groups working to make New Jersey’s farmlands the best in the country, our agriculture industry would not be able to thrive," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "It is important to support these organizations in their efforts to preserve our farmlands so our agricultural sector can remain strong for years to come.”
The bills originally cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and now go to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.