Editorial: Vote yes on ballot question #2, the lockbox for enviro funds

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STAR-LEDGER – The concept is simple: When polluters destroy your neighborhood, the fines they pay in settlements should go toward restoring your neighborhood.

But not in the twisted logic of Trenton. All too often – especially under this governor – this money has gone to plug holes in the state budget. The Legislature tried to minimize the diversions, but Chris Christie vetoed its attempt.

Now, a ballot question on Nov. 7th will allow voters to put a stop to this, once and for all. It would amend the state constitution to say that every dollar in polluter fines would have to go to “repair, restore, replace, or preserve the state’s natural resources.” …

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