Speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, the 9th District legislative delegation announced that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-3587/A-5210) that would establish the Trenton Capital City Aid Program, which would provide at least $10 million in each State fiscal year to the City of Trenton.
Connors, Rumpf, and Gove are speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, saying they will oppose legislation providing an extra $10 million of aid annually to the City of Trenton. (SenateNJ.com)
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove questioned how Democrats could even consider approving this massive budget expenditure, when school districts are being forced to endure massive funding cuts.
“This is yet another example of Trenton prioritizing the needs of urban areas over suburban and rural areas of the state. Fast-tracking a $10 million appropriation bill for the City of Trenton is a glaring example of politicized spending in a rigged system.
“Why can’t the State Legislature fast-track legislation to help school districts that had their funding unfairly cut by the state? Or for that matter, why can’t they fast-track funding for senior or veteran property tax relief programs?
“Urban areas already receive substantial aid by way of the state’s broken school funding formula. As a consequence, school districts in our area, as well as too many other suburban and rural parts of the state, are severely under-resourced. This, of course, has negatively impacted students, teachers, educational professionals, and taxpayers.
“It’s important that the pubic be made aware of such irresponsible spending proposals and be presented with the opportunity to fight back before the damage is done. We know that people are getting more and more fed up with the Democrat’s laundry list of misguided and unsustainable policies, especially when it comes to taxes and state spending.
“Bills such as this Trenton City bailout only make New Jersey more unaffordable for besieged taxpayers, as well as small businesses and, accordingly, have to be opposed outright if there is any hope of curbing the hemorrhaging of outmigration from the state.”
On March 25, the State Senate passed S-3587, with Senator Connors voting “NO,” and was subsequently sent to the Assembly which has yet to act on A-5210, the companion measure.
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