ASSEMBLY PANEL TO CONSIDER CHRISTIE PLANS TO CUT MUNICIPAL AID & HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT

Municipal Aid Cut to Bring At Least a $250 Property Tax Hike; Tuition Hikes Also Loom

The Assembly Budget Committee on Wednesday will hear from the Department of Community Affairs and higher educational services officials as it continues to consider Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan.

Christie’s plan to cut municipal aid would increase property taxes by $250 for the average taxpayer. That increase doesn’t include cuts in school aid and other property tax relief, nor new and increased fees for senior citizens. Under Christie’s plan for colleges and universities, no incoming freshman will be accepted into the NJ STARS scholarship program and state support for higher education would be slashed by $173 million.

The Department of Community Affairs budget plan will be reviewed at 10 a.m.

The higher education budget plan will be reviewed at 2 p.m.

Both hearings will be held in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex.

The hearings will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

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