Thursday’s session in Lodi comes after recent computer crashes that affected operations at several state agencies, most noticeably the Motor Vehicle Commission.
The ongoing technology problems have spurred spirited debate in recent weeks between some Democratic lawmakers and high-ranking state officials over what can and should be done.
Democrats fell short Monday in an attempt to restore funding to more than 50 women’s health clinics and a half-million dollars to a center for sexually and physically abused children in New Jersey.
Democrats passed a budget that left the aid intact but cut more than $1 million for oversight. In response, Gov. Chris Christie cut $139 million, leaving $10 million to help municipalities with extraordinary hardships like Trenton, Camden and Asbury Park.
New Jersey’s struggling municipalities are out $139 million in state aid that was promised — and in some cases awarded — before Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the appropriation in this year’s budget.
The League of Municipalities says cuts totaling $240 million will adversely impact their ability to provide much-needed property tax relief in their towns.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie used his power to line-item veto a budget handed to him by Democrats. The governor said he’s keeping his promise to not raise taxes.
Despite signing the budget, Christie harshly criticized the Democratic legislature, saying they were reverting “to more of the same unrealistic, fantasy budgeting that has plagued Trenton for years.”
The budget now heads to Governor Chris Christie, who has said he won’t sign it. Republicans insist the proposal is unlawful because it relies on more revenue than the state is likely to collect.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed landmark employee benefits legislation requiring a half-million public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits.
Since the New Jersey Assembly approved the employee benefits bill and the supplemental measure Thursday, it’s now up to the Democrat-controlled Senate to cross the last “T” before sending the legislation to Governor Chris Christie.
Two advocacy groups said deregulating phone service in New Jersey would lead to higher rates, especially for senior citizens and those who live in rural areas.
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