Speaker Prieto: ‘A Moratorium is not a Solution’

‘We need to resolve this now, not in two years.’

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement on Friday regarding Gov. Christie’s press conference regarding property tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals with on-site for-profit medical providers:

“A moratorium is not a solution to this problem. Neither is a commission.
“The Legislature sent the governor a bill last session that was a comprehensive and common sense plan to resolve this issue. It was supported by Democrats and Republicans alike and backed, at that time, by the New Jersey Hospital Association, Hospital Alliance of New Jersey and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, among others. The governor should have signed that bill.
“We need to resolve this issue now, not in two years. The Assembly will continue working with all parties on an immediate solution. Municipalities, hospitals and taxpayers deserve clarity sooner rather than later.
“I’ll also note how the governor today proposed legislation, something he said he was powerless to do when recently asked about resolving New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis. It’s time for the governor to get serious about resolving that problem, too.”