Archive for Tag: budget

DiMaio criticizes Coughlin’s tax relief proposal as another government gimmick, says N.J. needs tax cuts

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio was critical of Speaker Craig Coughlin’s statement promising to use the surging surplus to fund the ‘largest tax relief program in state history’ as another short-term government gimmick that does little to address the root causes of New Jersey’s affordability crisis. “A...

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How true is Murphy’s claim that additional school aid provides property tax relief? It’s disingenuous, GOP lawmaker reveals

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger challenged Gov. Phil Murphy’s claim that every dollar in additional state aid goes to property tax relief at a legislative budget hearing with acting education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan on April 11.  WATCH: Data doesn’t backup Murphy’s property-tax claims on school funding “Governor Murphy...

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New Jersey students suffering learning loss left out of Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly budget hearing on Monday, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf pressed acting education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan on the administration’s spending and lesson plans to address students’ two-year learning loss. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has largely failed to dedicate funding to learning loss...

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GOP lawmakers grill treasurer, state finance officers on taxes, spending and surplus in Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Monday, Republican members grilled N.J. state Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio and the Office of Legislative Services on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $49 billion spending plan. From one-shot revenues to fee holidays, Assembly Republican budget officer Hal Wirths, Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz...

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Structural deficit and affordability problems persist in proposed budget say GOP leaders

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Assemblyman Hal Wirths said New Jersey’s lagging unemployment rate, business closures, increased spending and lack of sustainable property tax relief contest Gov. Phil Murphy’s feel-good talking points in his budget message he delivered on Tuesday. Murphy’s proposed fiscal year 2023...

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School funding in budget isn’t enough, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn doesn’t want Gov. Phil Murphy to get away with underfunding schools and possibly putting federal funding in jeopardy. She says Murphy should fully fund schools, his constitutional duty, immediately. “We have a teacher shortage, skyrocketing bus contracts, and student mental health problems and...

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Upcoming budget address predictable, says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – The unprecedented two-week delay Gov. Phil Murphy requested to deliver his budget message won’t change the result much according to Assemblyman Hal Wirths, the Assembly Republican budget officer. “Murphy will possibly announce three or four billion dollars in unexpected revenue because he and the Democrats have...

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He did it again! GOP releases viral video on Murphy’s budget message mess

TRENTON, N.J. – In a video released Tuesday that mocks Gov. Phil Murphy’s record gubernatorial budget message extensions, the New Jersey Assembly Republicans borrow a line made famous by Britney Spears to convey the governor’s unapologetic disregard for a statutorily-mandated process.  WATCH: Governor Murphy’s Budget Message Mess Although...

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DePhillips has answer for Murphy’s charade on property tax relief

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips says the bursting budget surplus should be used to fully fund schools. While Murphy has been non-committal about how the $10.1 billion surplus in fiscal year 2021 will be used, the state has a constitutional obligation that must be fulfilled. “The surplus needs...

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