Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Executive Order banning most unfunded state mandates.
Doherty stated, “Governor Christie took an important first step towards lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes with an Executive Order banning unfunded state mandates. For far too long Trenton politicians and bureaucrats have ignored the clear intent of state statute and inundated local government with expensive and arbitrary unfunded mandates.”
Executive Order 4 prohibits any state agency from proposing regulations that contain an unfunded mandate unless it is specifically allowed, in writing, by the governor or the lieutenant governor. The E.O. also requires that before drafting any regulation containing any mandate on local governments that the state agency shall prepare a detailed written report evaluating the fiscal impact, cost and estimated benefit of the regulation. The order also requires that the report identify sources of revenue to offset the cost of the regulation.
“On his first day in office, with this Executive Order, Governor Christie clearly demonstrated his commitment to the public that he will right the ship of state and return New Jersey to prosperity,” Doherty concluded.
The full text of the Executive Order is available here: http://www.nj.gov/infobank/circular/eocc4.pdf