Archive for Tag: budget

VIDEO: Republicans preview Murphy’s budget disaster in latest release

TRENTON, N.J. – In a world fraught with inflation and profligate government spending, with 9 million souls’ futures teetering on the fiscal cliff, three Republican legislators unite to deliver a message of warning, and hope, before Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget address Feb. 27. These leaders—John DiMaio, Christopher DePhillips and...

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Assembly GOP leaders talk taxes, spending and Murphy’s upcoming budget

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Conference Leader Christopher DePhillips denounced balancing the state budget through tax and fare hikes in advance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s seventh budget message on Thursday. A budget deficit, shrinking tax revenue, inflation and a loss of federal aid has Democrats...

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VIDEO: Kanitra wants answers to Trenton’s skyrocketing spending

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Paul Kanitra wants to know how the hell it happened. How does a state budget explode nearly 60% in five short years, from $34.6 billion in 2018 to $54.3 billion today? That’s the question Kanitra poses in his inaugural video, released by the Assembly Republican...

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Fiscal cliff is avoidable with better planning and accountability, Dunn says

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn says Trenton’s kicking-the-can-down-the-road attitude by creating and leaving problems for the next guy is no way to govern. She’s fighting to bring more transparency and accountability to the legislative process. “Politicians come and go. The guy is always the New Jersey taxpayer,” Dunn...

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NJ Transit indefinite fare hikes is like Murphy’s approach to tolls, says Munoz

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz criticized the Murphy administration’s plans to raise NJ Transit fare prices by 15% and then 3% indefinitely. The same tact was taken for the Turnpike Authority, which has the power to raise tolls 3% annually. “Gov. Murphy said he will fix New Jersey...

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Transparency for the budget will never be provided by NJ Democrats, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – The budget process has been opaque the past few years, facing criticism for introducing the appropriations act and passing it without a fully public process. Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy said he would like to change that process, but doubted it would happen this year, according...

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Newark anti-Semitic incident raises need for more budget transparency

TRENTON, N.J. – An initiative spearheaded by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that received funding in the state budget hosted an event honoring a former poet laureate identified as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League, and featured two speakers also identified as anti-Semitic by the ADL. Assemblywoman Aura Dunn says the...

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“Dems’ Excessive Things” song spotlights Christmas-tree items in state spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans are highlighting a few of the excessive budget add-ons championed by Democrats in a new song fittingly released on Christmas in July. The legislative last-minute spending, known in Trenton as Christmas tree items, is set to the tune of the holiday classic “My Favorite...

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Sawyer celebrates state funding to upgrade Salem County’s 911 system

TRENTON, N.J. – An outspoken advocate for upgrading Salem County’s antiquated emergency call center, Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer is celebrating the $2.5 million in the state budget to modernize the 911 system. “I have been fighting for this funding since I took office in January 2022,” Sawyer (R-Gloucester) said, “I promised...

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Democrats pass different budget bills without amendments

TRENTON, N.J. – Democrats in the Assembly and Senate passed a $54.3 billion state budget Friday afternoon that differed from the one they passed late Wednesday night in their respective budget committees. Amendments were not offered to avoid a government shutdown. “The budget we are voting on today is...

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