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Singleton, Schaer & Lagana Bill Requiring Governor to Detail New Revenue Proposals Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer and Joseph Lagana requiring a clear and concise analysis of new revenue sources proposed by the governor was approved Thursday by the full Assembly.

Under the bill (A-3311), if the governor recommends, in his annual budget message, new or additional sources of revenue that each raise $1,000,000 or more in state funds, the revenue sources must be separately identified and the budget message must include a full and detailed fiscal analysis of these revenue sources.

"Essentially, this change is designed to avoid any delay in disclosure or a less than full and detailed analysis of new or additional revenue sources proposed by the governor," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "In order to produce a budget that's both responsible and compassionate we need to ensure that revenue proposals are not just smoke and mirrors and that the money is being allocated wisely."

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Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Bill to Reform Annual Budget Process Gains Assembly Approval

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Legislation Would Promote Increased Transparency, Collaboration in Fiscal Planning

Legislation Assemblymen Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace sponsored to update and make more transparent New Jersey's annual budget process gained Assembly approval on Thursday.

"Year after year, this state's dismal budgetary planning has driven us to crisis. The people of New Jersey deserve a budget process that is comprehensive in its revenue forecasting and contingency planning," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. "By implementing the consensus forecasting process employed by most other states in the country, this legislation will better engage the residents the annual budget most directly affects and reform fiscal planning in New Jersey altogether."

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McKeon, Schaer, Prieto, Quijano & Wimberly Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Heads to Gov's Desk

Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motive
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."

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Singleton, Schaer, Benson, Eustace & Mosquera Bill to Improve Reporting and Disclosure of State Tax Expenditures Heads to Governor's Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer, Daniel R. Benson, Timothy Eustace and Gabriela Mosquera sponsored to improve reporting and disclosure requirements on state tax expenditures and impose a seven-year limit on the duration of new state tax expenditure enactments received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"The state does not authorize these tax expenditures lightly," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "They're authorized for specific goals such as creating jobs or boosting economic growth, so we need to make certain these benefits are working as intended. It's common sense to examine whether these expenditures are working. It's what the taxpayers deserve."

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Schaer, Prieto & Sumter Propose Diversity Training for Law Enforcement throughout NJ in Response to Nationwide Events

Bill Takes Proactive Approach to Engage Communities, Build Cultural Awareness
Assembly Budget Chair Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter will introduce legislation this week to better prepare all local and county law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey to handle racial, ethnic and religious diversities within their respective communities.

The bill would require each county and municipal law enforcement department to develop and adopt a cultural diversity training course that includes instruction and exercises designed to focus on the needs of the racial, ethnic, and religious communities within each department's respective jurisdiction. Each municipal and county law enforcement officer would be required to participate in the course as part of in-service training.

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Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Bill to Reform Annual Budget Process Clears Assembly Panel

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Legislation Would Promote Increased Transparency, Collaboration in Fiscal Planning

Legislation Assemblymen Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace sponsored to update and make more transparent New Jersey's annual budget process was advanced on Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Year after year, this state's dismal budgetary planning has driven us to crisis. The people of New Jersey deserve a budget process that is comprehensive in its revenue forecasting and contingency planning," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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McKeon, Schaer & Speaker Prieto Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Clears Assembly Panel

Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motive
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John McKeon, Gary Schaer and Speaker Vincent Prieto to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."

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