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Schaer Cancels Monday’s Budget Hearing; Reissues Invite to NJ Transit & MVC to Discuss Serious Budget Matters
Assembly Budget Committee Chair Disappointed by Lack of Commitment from Administration Transit OfficialsAssembly Budget Chairman Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on the cancellation of Monday's Budget Committee hearing due to the lack of attendance on the part of officials from both the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and NJ Transit:
"I am disappointed that both departments were unable to prioritize this hearing on their schedules, despite almost two weeks notification.
Singleton, Schaer, Benson, Eustace & Mosquera Bill to Improve Reporting and Disclosure of State Tax Expenditures Clears Senate(TRENTON) - 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 was approved 24-14 on Thursday by the full Senate.
State tax expenditures and preferences are special or selective tax relief or benefits authorized by law designed to accomplish public goals. The relief provided through expenditures typically is intended to encourage investment, create jobs and facilitate economic development, or to relieve the tax on products, services or financial decisions.
"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."
Schaer, Garcia & Lagana Bill to Better Secure Personal Health Information Released by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Carmelo Garcia and Joseph Lagana sponsored to better secure personal health information was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
"We've seen far too many examples of personal information being stolen from retailers and other invasions of privacy, so some common sense is needed when it comes to securing health information, which is for many people as personal as it gets," said Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen). "This bill is a reasonable requirement to protect personal privacy in this digital age..."