(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Vice-Chair and Appropriations Chair John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) issued the following statement on the fiscal plan presented Tuesday by the Governor:
“With a strong revenue forecast on the horizon, we are now beginning to see the benefits of the sound fiscal policy decisions we’ve made over the last three budget cycles.
“Continued funding for property tax relief programs, the addition of the $500 Middle Class Rebate, and a full payment made to the state’s pension system will go a long way toward rebuilding financial resiliency for New Jersey seniors and families.
“This fiscal budget cycle is focused on recovery as well as fueling economic growth throughout the state. Creating jobs for residents and increasing support for small businesses that have been greatly impacted this year will be critical as we move forward and regain a sense of normalcy. The real truth is that the people of New Jersey need a lifeline after enduring the pandemic this past year.
“The Governor’s proposal covers all the right priorities. Now, the legislature will get to weigh in and do our part to ensure the state stays on the right fiscal track.”