Please enhance the Environmental Protection Fund!
Dear Assemblymember Malliotakis,
Thank you very much for your work to protect New York's environment.
As a member of the New York League of Conservation Voters, I am very glad to hear that your house's budget proposal calls for maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund at $134 million this year and then phasing-in bottle bill revenues after that.
I now ask that you work with your colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both houses to work out the technical differences between the Senate and Assembly versions.
For example, the Assembly has proposed phasing in these new bottle-bill revenues into the EPF on a percentage basis. The Senate, on the other hand, has set specific dollar targets, rather than percentages.
The most important thing is to make the EPF as strong as it can be. A recent study concluded that every dollar invested in New York's environment returns seven dollars in economic activity. A strong EPF is therefore a win-win for the environment and new jobs.
Thank you very much for your consideration and I look forward to your vote on a stronger, better EPF!
Your name and address here