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Peterson slams Education Department for miscalculating school aid

CLINTON, N.J. – The Department of Education confirmed using 2018 tax data instead of 2019 to determine 2021’s school funding and made no indication that it would be corrected. Assemblyman Erik Peterson is pushing the Murphy administration to immediately address the error and recalculate school aid. The seven-year school...

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Bergen calls on Gov. Murphy to fight for schoolchildren and fix funding

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed spending plan has nearly 200 school districts across the state losing $155 million in aid. Assemblyman Brian Bergen, who represents parts of Morris and Somerset counties as part of the 25th legislative district, which is losing more than $3.7 million, wants...

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Simonsen, McClellan call on governor to rein in spending and stand up for South Jersey

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. – Following Gov. Phil Murphy’s $41 billion proposed budget announcement, Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan are calling on the governor to operate under a 2 percent spending cap and consider South Jersey residents in budget negotiations. Municipalities have been subject to a 2...

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Assembly approves bill creating penalties for bias-based false public alarms

TRENTON, N.J. –Jewish centers and synagogues have experienced bomb threats as the number of bias incidents in the state significantly increased. On Monday, the Assembly unanimously passed a bill (A724), co-sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, allowing the crime of creating a false public alarm to be charged as...

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DeCroce, Dunn renew call for audit after Murphy adds millions to education spending

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce and Aura Dunn today renewed a call for an audit of all school funding in New Jersey in the wake of Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to add $336 million more to K-12 school spending and $83 million more in pre-K dollars. The two Assemblywomen...

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Assembly Republicans react on social media to Murphy’s proposal for more tax increases

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans shared their criticisms on social media of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget which included six new taxes and fees. “The Murphy budget has grown a whopping 18 percent (approximately 6 billion) in 3 years,” tweeted Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union). “New Jersey can’t...

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Governor’s budget proposal gives us more spending, taxes and disappointment, says DeCroce

By BettyLou DeCroce  I don’t believe increasing spending by another $2 billion and raising taxes and fees is going to help the hard-working, middle class families of this state; nor will Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposals create jobs or stem the flight of individuals and business from New Jersey....

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GOP leaders blast Murphy’s budget for increasing taxes, spending and lack of reforms

TRENTON, N.J. – In their response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s fiscal 2021 budget message to the Legislature Tuesday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblyman Hal Wirths, the Republican budget officer, criticized the six new taxes and fees, $2.2 billion spending increase and lack of any relief for New...

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