Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem), chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee released the following statement Tuesday in response to the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget message:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the worst economic crisis our state and nation has faced since the Great Depression. To say producing a State budget in these conditions poses unique and daunting challenges would be grossly understating our fiscal reality.
“I’m pleased the proposal restores funding for the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit property tax relief programs and maintains core funding aid for municipalities.
“Assembly Democrats will work tirelessly over the next several weeks to present a spending plan that is fair, realistic and as responsive as possible to New Jersey’s nine million residents.
“We will work to ensure the budget that is enacted protects hard-working families and our most vulnerable while also preserving important programs to the greatest extent possible.
“The work of crafting this budget will be grueling, but we are up to the task.”