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New York State Environmental Protection Fund Lobby Day
Posted February 19th, 2015 by Jeff Senterman
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Help support New York's Environmental Protection Fund!
Join the Trail Conference and a coalition of other organizations that supports and advocates for the New York State Environmental Protection Fund at 2015 Environmental Protection Fund Lobby Day in Albany on Monday, March 9, 2015.
The EPF supports many projects throughout New York, including much of the Trail Conference's work on the Bear Mountain Project. The EPF also supports the Catskill Conservation Corps program in the Catskills.
This year, Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal for State Fiscal Year 2015-16 includes $172 million in appropriations for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is a $10 million increase over the previous fiscal year. After steep cuts and significant sweeps of EPF funding during the economic crisis, the continued restoration of the EPF is critical to support programs that create jobs, protect clean water and improve communities in every county of New York State. This $10M increase is progress towards our shared goal of reaching a $200M EPF in the near future, and a fully-funded $300M EPF in the long-term.
The Environmental Protection Fund Lobby Day is a great opportunity for the Trail Conference and its volunteers to highlight the ways in which the EPF supports the state parks system and the work that the Trail Conference does in New York supported by the EPF.
The event will run from approximately 10 AM until 3:30 PM and kicks off in Meeting Room 6 in the Empire State Plaza Concourse; detailed logistics will be provided to registered participants in advance of the day. The event includes a boxed lunch to enjoy while networking with colleagues before heading out to meetings with legislators.
Some facts 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.
Sponsor:We Love New York
Where:NYS Capital, Albany, NY