New Jersey Public Question 1: Bonds for Public Libraries Measure
New Jersey Public Question 1, the Bonds for Public Libraries Measure, is on the ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively referred bond question on November 7, 2017.
A "yes" vote supports authorizing the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries.
A "no" vote opposes authorizing the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries.
The state librarian, with approval of the president of Thomas Edison State University, would develop the eligibility criteria for libraries to receive grants. Grants would cover 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library's local government. Private donors would be allowed to contribute toward the 50 percent provided by a local government.
The proposed interpretive statement is:
“Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.”
New Jersey Public Question 2: Revenue from Environmental Damage Lawsuits Dedicated to Environmental Projects Amendment
A "yes" vote supports allocating state revenue from legal settlements related to natural resource damages in cases of environmental contamination toward restoring and protecting natural resources and paying the costs of pursuing the settlements.
A "no" vote opposes this amendment to allocate state revenue from legal settlements related to natural resource damages in cases of environmental contamination toward environmental projects and paying the costs of pursuing the settlements.
Revenue from contamination settlements The amendment was proposed in response to disagreements between Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the Democratic-controlled New Jersey Legislature on how to spend revenue from large pollution settlements involving pollution in the Passaic River and Exxon Mobil. Gov. Christie's budgets planned to spend about $103 million of the $580 million received from the multiple cases on environmental restoration. While the case involving Exxon Mobil is being appealed, the cases involving the Passaic River brought in $355 million, of which $288 million was used to balance the state budget.