(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairwoman Eliana Pintor Marin and Assemblymen Daniel R. Benson and John Burzichelli addressed concerns about school funding during Monday’s Assembly Budget Committee public hearing.
Pintor Marin (D-Essex):
“When it comes to school funding and making sure our kids get what they deserve, is critical, and I think we do have a lot of work to do. I think that as we’ve said previously everything is on the table, but there’s nothing more important than to make sure our young children have what they need.”
“I thought last year’s compromise budget started us in the right direction conceptually…but I was disappointed but what was introduced this time.
“We will be reviewing this very carefully and hopefully making some changes that takes that into account and puts us back on track again where we started last year.”
“We all are disappointed in how this education budget this year was rolled out from the governor’s office. We have a sense and a signal from the executive side that they understand that adjustments have to be made, so this battle doesn’t end today. What is presented in this budget is not going to be that way when we finish. It can’t be that way when we finish. It just can’t be.”