Keep Protecting New York - Enhance Environmental Funding
We Love New York urges state leaders to show how much they love New York by enhancing environmental funding, which safeguards what we love most about New York: our clean air and water, protected parklands and working farms, and good quality jobs.
Investing in programs that protect the environment can support New York’s economic recovery by creating jobs, supporting industries like forestry, farming, and recycling, increasing property values, and boosting tourism in every corner of the state. The Environmental Protection Fund must be enhanced to keep the Empire State great. We must keep protecting New York!
About the EPF
The EPF and the State Budget (State Fiscal Year 2013-14)
New York's newest budget includes an enhanced Environmental Protection Fund! Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature, the EPF will grow by $19 million, to $153 million in 2013-14. The additional revenue to support this important increase comes from the state's existing Bottle Bill. This budget marks and important victory, since the EPF has not been increased since significant cuts were made during the recent economic downturn, when the EPF was reduced by nearly 50%. The new funding level is an encouraging start, and represents the first step in realizing the shared vision of state lawmakers and the environmental community to rebuild and strengthen the Fund. By enhancing the EPF in the state budget this year, New York is taking advantage of the important role these programs play in environmental protection and economic prosperity, as well as disaster recovery and preparedness.
County Fact Sheets
Return on Investment: How the EPF is generating revenue and jobs for New York
A new analysis shows that the output from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund generates positive yearly economic returns for jobs, local economies, and property values. Prepared by The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, the report details the economic benefits realized from the Environmental Protection Fund.
Keep Protecting New York