Call for Governor to Immediately Release Detailed Budget Proposal for Legislators and Public to Review
The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Governor Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal.
The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Gov. Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal. (Pixabay)
The members, Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1), issued the following joint statement:
“We were willing to give Governor Murphy the benefit of the doubt when he said that extending the State’s fiscal year was necessary to respond to the financial challenges of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it does not look like he has made good use of this extra time.
“Despite the extra three months the governor was given, no detailed budget has been produced or made available for the public or legislators to review. That’s leading to a rushed and superficial budget hearing process that will have no actual budget to examine or provide any opportunity for direct public input or testimony.
“In fact, the entire hearing process appears to be little more than a prelude to the rubber stamp coming out to approve the governor’s plan to borrow and tax billions without any significant review or analysis. We owe it to New Jerseyans to do better.
“Given everything that’s at stake, the Senate Budget Committee must have the opportunity to conduct a full examination of Governor Murphy’s revised budget proposal in an open, informed, and transparent process.
“We are calling for the Murphy Administration to release a detailed budget plan immediately and in advance of the Treasurer’s appearance before our committee next week.
“The Senate Budget Committee must have the opportunity to do its due diligence to ensure that more than $30 billion in New Jersey taxpayer funds is spent wisely next year and to hold the administration accountable for the $5 billion in federal coronavirus aid that was entrusted to its care.”
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