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Pennacchio to Submit Resolution to Dock Rutgers State Funding

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris), a Budget & Appropriations Committee member, is introducing a resolution to dock Rutgers University an amount in state aid equal to their excessive payouts related to the Coach Mike Rice scandal.

“The overwhelming majority of taxpayers are rightly disgusted with how Rutgers is paying off those who failed in their public roles, to foster youths,” Pennacchio said. “It is appalling that the University would even think it’s acceptable to give those responsible for the Coach Rice calamity $2.1 million in departing gifts. If they want to waste money, taxpayers or students won’t be picking up the tab.”

Senator Pennacchio’s resolution aims to deny Rutgers University approximately $2.1 million in state aid and require the university to fund those brazen payouts via the University’s administrative funds. The resolution seeks to require school officials to provide a report demonstrating how they paid those giveaways out of administrative coffers and not by raising tuition or using state aid. The university then would have to get unanimous approval from Gov. Christie, the Senate President and Assembly Speaker prior to being paid any other state aid that they are due.

“We need to establish that the people’s money will not be misspent on preposterous payouts,” Pennacchio concluded. “Any entity authorizing a similar stunt can also expect to be docked an equal amount in public subsidies.”

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