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Thompson: Murphy’s School Aid Cuts Will Lead to Rural & Suburban Property Tax Increases

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Murphy Cutting $185 Million from Nearly 200 School Districts

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said Governor Phil Murphy shouldn’t be cutting money from any school district when the State is flush with funds and teachers are struggling to counter pandemic-related learning loss.

Sen. Sam Thompson said Gov. Phil Murphy shouldn’t be cutting money from any school district when the State is flush with funds and teachers are struggling to counter pandemic-related learning loss. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s outrageous that Governor Murphy is cutting funding to nearly 200 school districts when he’s sitting on $4.6 billion of unexpected money this year,” said Thompson, a member of both the Budget & Appropriations and Education committees. “There’s no financial reason to cut school aid to districts when we’re flush with cash, especially when teachers are struggling to make up for pandemic-related loss now that students are back in the classroom.”

Thompson’s comments followed the Murphy administration’s release of school aid figures for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Nearly 200 school districts would lose more than $185 million of funding under Governor Murphy’s plan. Meanwhile, just eleven school districts would receive more than half of the new funding proposed by the administration.

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, schools in Thompson’s legislative district would experience a net cut of nearly $11 million. That includes school aid reductions of $4.6 million to Jackson, $3.5 million to Freehold Regional, $3.35 million to Old Bridge, $2.6 million to Manalapan-Englishtown Regional, $1.5 million to Plumsted, and cuts to several others.

“These aren’t wealthy districts that can easily absorb the huge funding cuts proposed by Governor Murphy,” added Thompson. “Families in these rural and suburban districts are almost certain to get hit with massive property tax increases to keep teachers in classrooms and maintain important programs, including athletics. That’s absolutely nuts when Governor Murphy has billions in the bank.”

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