9th District legislators Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove stand unconditionally opposed to and voted against legislation that would send yet more taxpayer dollars to Paterson and Trenton. The bill, A-4350, was approved by the Assembly on Sept. 27, 2018. Senator Christopher J. Connors stated he stands with his 9th District Assembly colleagues and, accordingly, will vote against the measure if it is considered in the Senate.
9th District legislators stand unconditionally opposed to legislation that would send yet more taxpayer dollars to Paterson and Trenton. (SenateNJ.com)
The 9th District delegation made the following remarks on the bill:
“It never ends. Suburban and rural taxpayers continue to subsidize big-spending in the urban areas of the state that are unwilling to get their own fiscal house in order.
“Old school politics – certainly not fairness for taxpayers – drives Trenton to cater to urban areas through a rigged state aid system. You cannot exaggerate the profoundly harsh impact that state aid disparities have had on taxpayers living in our area, with the most extreme example being state school funding.
“Adding insult to injury, the bill was advanced without reference, meaning it didn’t even receive a public hearing. The public was deliberately denied the opportunity to scrutinize the bill or debate the reason for sending more taxpayer dollars to Paterson and Trenton, before it was sent directly to the Assembly floor with little to no debate or transparency in the process.
“The timing of the bill vote is not without irony as it was recently reported that two members of the Paterson school board will be attending a conference in Las Vegas at taxpayers’ expense.”