GREENWALD: SPECIAL MASTER RE-EMPHASIZES LACK OF SHARED SACRIFICE IN CHRISTIE BUDGET

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) released the following statement Tuesday on the findings of the state Supreme Court’s special master:

“The state Supreme Court will of course have final say and we await its decision, but the special master’s findings re-emphasize how the governor’s budget both overburdened property taxpayers and endangered education for our children.
“The fact that the greatest impact of the governor’s cut was felt by at-risk students is, unfortunately, more evidence his budget did not include his oft-touted shared sacrifice.
“The governor has boasted about a 1 percent school funding increase in his current budget plan that fails to make up for the largest property tax hike since 2007 or solve the over-reliance on property taxes.
“If the court accepts these findings, the governor’s budgeting philosophy will be further called into question. We’ll all have to work cooperatively moving forward on an approach that meets constitutional muster while protecting taxpayers and children.”