Arguably, the most important function of the state legislature is developing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The governor has already submitted his version with wildly optimistic revenue forecasts coupled with significant tax breaks for millionaires. Budget committees in both houses are in the process of developing plans that meet the needs of the citizens of New Jersey.
The third and final session of state-wide hearings of the Assembly Budget Committee, aimed at hearing from the public, was held today in Camden. Committee chair, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto and committee members listened to the testimony from a diverse set of interests.
The meeting was kicked off by the obligatory set of local dignitaries starting with William Thompson, the Vice President of Camden Community College which hosted the meeting. He was followed by Camden Mayor Dana Redd and local Assemblyman Angel Fuentes.
Mayor Dana Redd
Assemblyman Angel Fuentes
Top photo: Ranking Republican member Declan O’Scanlon (L), Chair Vincent Prieto (R)