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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Coughlin clarifies position on revenue certification

Assembly Speaker says he’ll explore other options

By David Wildstein, August 04 2018 6:07 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin says he will keep an open mind about changing the way the state certifies revenues and will look at other options beyond the governor having the authority to make those calls.

“While I recognize that time is running short to amend the constitution this year to change the way the state certifies revenue, I want to be clear that I continue to explore all options and ideas to make revenue certification more fair and accurate,” Coughlin said “I intend to discuss this issue with my caucus and ensure that we work to implement a system that improves the process and places greater emphasis in the hands of non-partisan fiscal experts.”

Yesterday, Coughlin said he wasn’t ready to move forward on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s plan to amend the State Constitution to strip the governor of the power to certify revenues.

While the proposed constitutional amendment passed the Senate, it had been viewed as unlikely to gain Assembly approval before the August 7 deadline.

Gov. Phil Murphy opposes the plan, which would replace the power to unilaterally certify revenues.

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