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Sumter: Christie Administration Once Again Undercuts Struggling Communities with Transitional Aid Freeze
Christie Administration Signed Executive Order Freezing Half of Transitional AidAssembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) today denounced the Christie administration's decision to freeze half of the transitional aid allocated in the FY2017 budget to help struggling municipalities like Paterson and Trenton.
"Struggling municipalities like Paterson, Union City, Trenton and Camden continue to take a hit under the Christie administration. This is a terrible decision which will only further hurt these financially distressed communities. How are these communities supposed to rebound when the administration keeps setting up roadblocks?..."
Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle & Sumter Bill to Help Ensure Continuation of Food Assistance Benefits for Struggling Residents Signed into LawA bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Shavonda Sumter to help ensure food assistance benefits continue when needed for New Jersey residents struggling to find work has been signed into law.
"The state had applied for, and received, numerous waivers from 2009 to 2015 for counties who were struggling with unemployment rates higher than the statewide average," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic)...
Sumter & Wimberly: Governor Writes-Off NJ School Districts in Despair AgainAssembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (both D-Passaic/Bergen) on Thursday decried the governor's budget line item veto of additional Paterson school state aid for a second year in a row:
"It is clear that properly funding education and helping New Jersey school districts that deserve the support is not a priority.
"This veto is another attempt by the Governor to shirk his responsibility to the people of New Jersey and selfishly push an agenda contrary to what is in the best interest of families and children," said Sumter.
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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera, Sumter & Wimberly 'Breakfast after the Bell' Bill Heads to Gov's Desk
Measure Would Establish an Incentive Fund for the School Breakfast ProgramLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to create an incentive fund to support the Breakfast after the Bell program received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class.
"Breakfast after the Bell is one of the most important programs offered to students in our school districts," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "A fund will encourage schools to adopt a model that will feed more students in the school year and continue to prepare children for their day of learning."
Sumter & Benson Bill to Establish 'Secondhand Valuables Transaction Reporting Task Force' Heads to Gov's Desk
Task Force Would Evaluate Systems Used to Track Stolen JewelryLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Daniel Benson to maintain the integrity of the sale of secondhand jewelry and precious metals in New Jersey received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"Individuals who wish to purchase used jewelry from a legitimate establishment should be able to do so with the confidence that the merchant's products were obtained lawfully,…" said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). For More
Wimberly, Spencer & Sumter Bill to Encourage School Districts to Make More Cost-Effective Choices on Property Lease Decisions Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) and Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) to prohibit certain school districts under state intervention from leasing a building if the cost of the lease is greater than the building's purchase price was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"The intention of the bill is to ensure school districts are employing cost-effective principles when leasing or purchasing buildings for school administration use," said Wimberly, who has taught in the Paterson School District for over 25 years. "We must take a good look at how much we are spending on renting. If we can save money that can be used on other needs such as books computers, recreational programs and infrastructure repairs, then that is what we should be doing."
Schaer, Danielsen & Sumter Cost-Saving Measure to Expand Medical Parole for Those Posing No Public Safety Threat Gains Assembly ApprovalLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Joseph Danielsen and Shavonda Sumter that would expand eligibility for medical parole for inmates who are physically incapacitated and do not pose a public safety threat gained approval from the General Assembly on Monday.
"This is both a humane and cost-effective approach to incarceration," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Those who would be eligible for parole under this bill are physically incapacitated and do not pose a threat to public safety. Releasing them from the confines of our prison system would save the state money by shifting the costs to Medicaid, which is funded in part by the federal government, and in turn enable them to get treatment in a more humane setting."