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Monday - Assembly Budget Committee to consider Department of Human Services/Medicaid spending

The Assembly Budget Committee on Monday will consider proposed spending for the Department of Human Services and Medicaid.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in Committee Room 11 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton…

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Schaer Statement on Moody’s Credit Downgrade

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Assemblyman: Failed Fiscal Policies, Pension System Mismanagement Ruin State's Outlook

Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement Friday in response to Moody's Investors Service issuing a credit rating downgrade for New Jersey:

"New Jersey's receiving its ninth credit downgrade since the start of the Christie Administration is a reflection of the Administration's lack of a long-term financial plan for the state. From transportation to higher education and everything in between, the failure to plan has yielded nothing but a plan to fail in New Jersey. …"

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DeAngelo, Lagana & Muoio Introduce Legislation to Extend Driver's License Renewal Period for Active Duty Military

Bill Also Applies to Immediate Family Members of Active Duty Military
(TRENTON) - Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Lagana and Elizabeth Maher Muoio recently introduced legislation that would authorize driver's license renewal extension to active duty military personnel and their immediate family members.

"This legislation will alleviate another unnecessary worry for military on active duty and their family," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer and Middlesex). "Their duty and service should not interrupt their driving privilege if it doesn't have to. We can extend the renewal period and keep the current reduced fee with this bill."

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Singleton: Proposed Reforms Boost Chances for Offenders to Re-enter Society Successfully

Assemblyman Troy Singleton Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) had the following published Wednesday in The Times of Trenton:

"One in every 15 African-American men and one in every 36 Hispanic men is incarcerated in the United States, compared with one in every 106 white men.

"Leading experts from across the political and criminal justice spectra agree. The current system benefits no one. Not the individuals who are disproportionately incarcerated. Not the communities held hostage by the cycle of recidivism. And not the law-abiding taxpayers across the country who are forced to shoulder the cost of the highest incarceration rate in the developed world..."

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Danielsen District Office to Reopen in Somerset

Asm. Joe Danielsen New Headquarters Will Replace Location Destroyed in March Building Fire

Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen will open a new district office on Thursday, April 23 in Somerset.

A fire in March destroyed the Franklin Township commercial building in which Danielsen's former office and a number of businesses were located.

"My staff has been tremendously patient and flexible, making themselves available via phones and email, offering extended hours and setting up temporary mobile offices at local libraries, senior centers and community events," said Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset). …

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Johnson Questions Christie’s Proposed Funding Cut for Higher Education Assistance for Disadvantaged Students

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) on Wednesday questioned the Christie administration's decision to cut funding for higher education assistance for disadvantaged students in the proposed FY 2016 budget during a hearing before the Assembly Budget Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton.

Gov. Christie has proposed cutting Educational Opportunity Funding (EOF) by $1.6 million, or 3.9 percent, for the FY 2016 budget. New Jersey's EOF program was created by law in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for those who come from disadvantaged economic and educational backgrounds by providing supplemental financial aid to help cover college costs, as well as a wide-array of campus-based support services.

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Excerpts from McKeon Questioning of NJ Attorney General on ExxonMobil Settlement

Excerpts from McKeon Questioning of NJ Attorney General on ExxonMobil Settlement from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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