Republicans in the 24th legislative district attacked Gov. Phil Murphy over roughly $10.4 million in school aid cuts to counties in the towns they represent.
“For years, we have been sounding the alarm about the dire need to fix New Jersey’s terribly flawed school funding formula,” State Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) said. “Regretfully, any funding scenario that formularizes the Abbott mandates which translates into two-thirds of all State aid going to a handful of urban school districts will always be flawed no matter how you run the numbers. The unfair treatment of suburban and rural districts is baked into the formula.”
Though overall school aid levels are level in the revised budget Murphy proposed on Tuesday, individual counties will see their funding levels tweaked.
Morris, Warren and Sussex Counties will collectively see their state school aid drop by about $13.2 million, though some of those cuts will hit towns outside of the 24th district.
“How can Governor Murphy in good conscience ask our property taxpayers to pay even more to make up for these cuts in one breath and promise to pay for free college tuition and baby-bonds in the next? It’s a travesty,” Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Wantage) said. “We have regularly been in contact with our school districts and advocating on their behalf, and we join with them in vigorously protesting these cuts.”
This year, more aid is going some of the state’s urban counties, like Bergen, Essex and Union Counties, though Hudson County will see nearly $48 million less in aid than it got last year.
“The administration claims it is committed to serving the needs of all New Jersey school children. That is not the reality in our district,” Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Wantage) said. “Time and time again, our taxpayers have been asked to pay more out of their own pockets to fund Governor Murphy’s progressive agenda. It is completely unfair.”