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, conserved parklands and working farms and forests, 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
- Established in 1993, the Fund is New York State’s dedicated source of funding for critical environmental programs that protect what we love about New York – our clean drinking water, our magnificent parks, and our family farms.
- It is a fiscally responsible, pay-as-you-go, capital projects account for making major, long-term investments in the quality of life in New York.
- The EPF’s dedicated funding source takes no money away from other state priorities. The Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) has funded the EPF since it was created, and generates between $400 million and more than $1 billion annually in new state revenue. A portion of the revenue is dedicated to the Fund each year as part of the budget, and the remainder is used for the General Fund, where it can be spent on non-environmental programs.
- Environmental funding benefits every county in New York State. EPF investments create jobs, eliminate solid waste, prevent pollution and invasive species, protect clean air and water and community character, revitalize urban areas, and connect people with the outdoors.