Assembly Appropriations

The Assembly Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing the fiscal impact of legislation on the state. The committee reviews legislation dealing with revenues, taxation, state budget and finance and weigh in on the process of authorizing expenditure of public funds for a specific governmental purpose.
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Assembly Panel Approves Burzichelli, Mukherji Bill to Make First Major Changes to State's Liquor License Laws since Prohibition Era, Bill Expands Access & Spurs Economic Growth

Measure Creates Two New, Less Costly Licenses; Allows Municipalities to Create Ordinances

(TRENTON) - Municipalities would be able to expand access to liquor licenses and help local business meet today's marketplace needs with a bill proposed by Assembly members John Burzichelli and Raj Mukherji creating two new liquor licenses for small businesses. It was approved Monday by the Assembly Appropriations panel, 7-3-1.

"Liquor licenses in our state are among the most expensive and restrictive in the nation," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem). "New Jersey's lack of differentiation in how and to whom we provide a liquor license is hurting us. The current system is holding back small businesses or "mom and pop" restaurants who can't afford to pay up to $1 million for a liquor license. The ability to serve their customers a glass of wine with dinner would make a noticeable difference in their profits."

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