Archive for Tag: budget

Eulner and Piperno say Murphy administration’s testing in schools doesn’t address immediate need for more student support

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno say the Department of Education’s directive to schools requiring additional Start Strong assessments in the fall fails to help students who need the extra support now. The Monmouth County lawmakers argue it illustrates the Murphy administration’s lack of planning and...

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Dunn to legislate timely budget resolution publication

TRENTON, N.J. – Three weeks after the enactment of the FY2023 budget, requests for changes to the appropriations bill made by lawmakers and the executive branch have still not been made public. Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, a member of the Assembly budget committee, proposes to put an end to the...

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Dunn sounds alarm over severe shortage of child mental health professionals, asks Dems to support bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn says New Jersey is woefully unprepared to address the mental health crisis facing children and is calling on Democrats to support her bill to increase the number of counselors for children and teens. “The money set aside in the state budget to train...

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Taxpayers deserve better than bloated, backroom state budget, say Eulner and Piperno

TRENTON, N.J. – Despite Republican efforts to provide long-lasting and immediate tax relief, Democrats passed a record-high budget full of short-term gimmicks and backroom deals, say Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno. “Like anyone that has followed New Jersey’s budget hearings this year, we have found ourselves frustrated by...

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Budget signing signifies a worse-off New Jersey, says Assembly GOP Leader

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio has been critical of the budget, and again pointed out that the state budget is full of tax relief gimmicks and unsustainable spending as Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget. “Governor Murphy likes to say this...

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Republicans test Dems’ commitment to affordability by calling for bigger, permanent and immediate tax breaks

TRENTON, N.J. – Did Democrats really heed the call for a more affordable New Jersey after the November election? It seems unlikely as Democrats rebuffed Assembly Republican attempts on Wednesday to provide immediate, expansive and permanent tax relief for struggling families in the state’s massive $50.6 billion budget. “I...

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Dems’ opaqueness made clear when GOP moves amendments in Assembly Budget Committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Despite Democrats in the Assembly Budget Committee on Monday moving legislation without publicly available text, they voted down Republican amendments to two bills because at least one member objected to a so-called lack of transparency. As per protocol, Republicans distributed amendments to the school supplies sales...

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Shocking 4 out of 10 inmates early released by Murphy previously denied parole

TRENTON, N.J. – More than 40% of inmates released under the landmark law Gov. Phil Murphy signed in October 2020, allowing inmates to be let out up to eight months early during public health emergencies, were denied parole, according to documents received by Republicans on the Assembly budget committee...

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Power-drunk Murphy administration ignoring legislative oversight (again), says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – Still hungover from its unprecedented power grab during the pandemic, the Murphy administration made two transfers of over $10 million in April to the same fund in possible violation of state law included in fiscal year 2022 budget language. The administration’s Office of Management and Budget...

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GOP leaders push for tax cut package in budget

TRENTON, N.J. – In response to surging state revenues and record-high inflation, Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Assembly Budget Officer Hal Wirths on Tuesday announced a four-point plan that would provide residents immediate relief in this year’s state budget and achieve sustainable tax reforms. “Taxpayers can’t wait for...

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