Assemblywoman Celeste Riley had the following published Wednesday on www.newjerseynewsroom.coml :
“On Monday, I cast a vote in favor of the 2 percent property tax cap, but I concede it was among the most difficult votes I’ve ever taken. Voting for the new cap was the right thing to do. Taxpayers here in our district and across the state simply can’t sustain the painful increases we’ve been faced with for so many years now. This new cap — with its difficult choices — will at least bring some relief to the most heavily burdened taxpayers in the nation.
“Unfortunately, this is not a perfect bill. It magnifies what was already a leading concern of mine — how will New Jersey properly fund education in the future? As a teacher, I have devoted my life to educating children, and I am a proud member of the New Jersey Education Association. One of New Jersey’s best-selling points is its strong public school system. Our students and teachers are the envy of many other states. And we need to make sure it stays that way by retaining quality teachers with competitive salaries, benefits and a fully funded pension system….”
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