N.J. lawmakers consider constitutional guarantee to fund lead abatement effort

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lead poisoning, paint, new jersey environment

PHIL GREGORY / WHYY -New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure that would constitutionally dedicate $14 million a year from the sales tax on paint to cleaning up lead hazards in homes.

Since the state established a lead abatement program in 2004, more than $50 million has been diverted from its fund toward other uses.

And that’s sad, said state Sen. Ron Rice who wants to make sure there is no skimping on the effort to shield kids from lead poisoning.

“To do this to young people throughout New Jersey, it just annoys me,” said Rice, D-Essex. “I would like to think that this Legislature and the governor will put this in and let the people vote this thing so we can get this resolved once and for all.” …

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