Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) released the following statement on the start of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s hearings on Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2018 State budget proposal.
“Over the course of the past several years, this committee has worked on a bipartisan basis to enact fiscally responsible measures that are already making New Jersey more affordable for our taxpayers,” Senator Bucco said.
“As Treasurer Scudder noted in his remarks today, we are in a much better place now than we were eight years ago.
NJ taxpayers deserve a budget they can trust&believe in. This is their money we're dealing with. Let's get to work
— Sen. Anthony Bucco (@tonybucco) April 6, 2017
“Revenues are still rising, spending remains consistently flat, and we are once again making the largest pension payment in history – all while still keeping our commitment to funding education, and services to help our most vulnerable residents.
“It is critical that we maintain the business tax cuts from years ago, as well as the landmark reforms we enacted just last year, such as the elimination of the estate tax. That’s what will keep retirees and small businesses from leaving New Jersey.
“Now we must keep moving forward. New Jersey residents deserve a budget that they can trust and believe in. This is their money we’re dealing with.
“My colleagues and I are ready to enact a balanced budget that lowers property taxes and makes New Jersey a stronger, more competitive place for people to work and live.”