New Jersey Budget
Despite lower than expected revenues, Governor Chris Christie wants taxes cut, and says he won’t sign a budget without one.
New Jersey’s economic recovery has not been as robust as state forecasters had anticipated. As a result there is a revenue shortfall, the size of which is now being debated by legislators in Trenton.
The governor gets his revenue projections from the state treasurer and puts them in his budget. Legislators turn to their own expert in the Office of Legislative Services (OLS).
It contains an income tax cut and more money in several key areas, including a massive payment into the public worker pension fund.
Berthed on the Camden waterfront, the most decorated battleship in US naval history took one across the bow in Gov. Christie’s state budget.
Depending on whom you talk to, these hearings are either a necessary sounding board for those in need, or unnecessary and potentialyl dangerous political theatre.
Camden’s mayor is expressing relief over a reversal by Gov. Chris Christie after he initially canceled the state’s transitional aid program to distressed communities.
Democratic state senators, needing some Republican support to override the governor’s vetoes, got none.
Last week’s budget cuts from Trenton could leave financially distressed urban areas like Camden in serious trouble.
Christie says the move is necessary to shore up the state’s badly underfunded retirement systems. He predicts New Jersey’s fix will be emulated nationally by other states facing similar shortfalls.
A ruling Tuesday from the New Jersey Supreme Court orders the state to spend more money on the poorest school districts despite Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to balance the budget.
It’s Gov. Christie’s 40th town meeting since taking office, and he took Democrats to task for complaining about it.
Voters in most of New Jersey’s public school districts are being asked to approve budgets and elect board members today. The political atmosphere this year is far different from last.
When it comes to funding New Jersey public schools, voters seem to want to have it both ways, according to a new poll.
New Jersey officials are conceding a fact many drivers in the Garden State already know: the roads here are in bad shape. But they have a plan to fix them.