On November 8, Rhode Island voters have an opportunity to once again demonstrate our support for land conservation and the environment. Question 6 on the ballot is a $35 million Green Economy Bond referendum. If this bond is approved by voters, the state will invest $35 million to protect our land and waters and enhance the quality of life in our communities.
The bond includes $8 million for land conservation split evenly between the Local Open Space Grants Program and RIDEM’s land protection program. The Green Economy Bond also funds other programs with a demonstrated track record: local recreation grants to create and develop parks; bike paths; stormwater management; and brownfield cleanup.
In addition, the Green Economy Bond is a good investment and good for the state’s economy. Natural assets are Rhode Island’s greatest economic strength. World class parks and protected open space lands are the foundation for over 40,000 jobs in the state’s tourism and outdoor recreation industries. These industries generate more than $3.32 billion annually for the state’s economy.
Visit www.yeson6ri.com for additional information about the Green Economy Bond and a fact sheet that you can share with your friends and neighbors. Demonstrate your support for land conservation and other programs that protect Rhode Island’s special places and environment: Vote YES on Question 6 – Green Economy Bond!