NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Governor Chris Christie will be presenting his state budget on Tuesday, and lawmakers are getting ready.
WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports the budget proposal Christie will lay out will likely draw heated debates since state union contract negotiations are looming and all legislative seats are up for re-election in November.
WCBS 880’s Levon Putney with a preview of the budget
Christie just vetoed 14 job-creating bills backed by Democrats. On Friday, the Republican governor said the bills did not outline how the included tax credits would be paid for.
Then there’s the issue of school funding and municipal aid. Both were severely cut last year, and the Christie administration has already warned local governments and school districts not to expect much more this year.
State Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo is looking for three key elements in the governor’s fiscal plan.
“Whether or not this Governor will make a pension payment and how he’s going to fund education and fund the municipal services,” said Sarlo.
The pension and benefits debate is also raging on as lawmakers and the governor are trying to find and agree on ways to spend less.