Says the Clock Is Ticking Now that Governor Murphy Has the Money
Senator Anthony M. Bucco said a modernization of the State’s unemployment and motor vehicle computers systems must be undertaken with new federal relief funds received by New Jersey.
Sen. Tony Bucco said a modernization of the State’s unemployment and motor vehicle computers systems must be undertaken with new federal relief funds received by New Jersey. (Pixabay)
“The people of New Jersey suffered during the pandemic because our computer systems are woefully antiquated,” said Bucco (R-25). “The technology infrastructure that processes unemployment claims and MVC transactions proved to be inflexible and overwhelmed when people needed it to work. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy refused our calls to invest in these systems when he had billions of CARES Act relief funds at his disposal. We can’t afford to let the governor repeat his mistake with new federal aid just sent to New Jersey.”
In February, Bucco penned an NJ.com editorial making the case for upgrading the outdated computer systems. He explained how New Jerseyans were negatively impacted during the pandemic by the outdated technology the State continues to rely on to power critical services.
With another $6.3 billion in federal relief funds recently delivered to New Jersey, Bucco called for bipartisan consensus to fund an IT modernization program.
He noted that Senate Republicans on the Budget & Appropriations Committee have put forward a comprehensive plan to utilize the new federal aid, proposing an appropriation of $500 million to modernize the State’s antiquated computer systems, including those that handle unemployment claims, Motor Vehicle Commission transactions, and 9-1-1 calls.
“I was glad to hear there’s bipartisan consensus in the Budget Committee that the Legislature needs to be involved in deciding how this $6.3 billion will be spent,” added Bucco. “Everyone except for Governor Murphy seems to understand the importance of investing to modernize the State’s computer systems. Now that the money is in the bank, the clock is ticking. If the Legislature doesn’t act quickly, the governor could waste the money before we have a chance to weigh in. We can’t afford to let that happen.”
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