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Archive for October, 2007

Preserving NJ’s Landscape is a Daunting Challenge

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Source: NJDEP

A 2002 snapshot of New Jersey’s landscape shows the state divided roughly into quarters: 28 percent is developed, 24 percent permanently preserved with public funds, 23 percent undevelopable or constrained by regulation, and 25 percent vacant and unconstrained—or “up for grabs.
The race for open space continues: Development consumed 15,000 acres per year on […]

Trash and Landfills-A Smart Land Use?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

New Jersey is currently home to more than 800 active and closed landfills. Together, these landfills cover more than 10,500 acres—an area twice the size of the city of Trenton, and equal to eight months’ worth of new land development for the entire state (using the development rate of approximately 15,000 acres a year between […]

Taxes, Infrastructure Repair, and Lane Use

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

At 10.5 cents per gallon, New Jersey has the third-lowest gasoline tax in the nation; only Alaska and Georgia* are lower. Washington has the highest tax: 36 cents per gallon.

New Jersey’s gasoline tax has not been raised since 1988. If the tax had kept pace with inflation, it would be 16 cents per gallon […]

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