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Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Scutari says he’s hoping for a smooth resolution to budget process

Senate President says budget is ‘moving in the right direction’

By Joey Fox, June 13 2022 11:55 am

With the legislature entering the final stretches of the budget process, Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) said today that he’s optimistic the state budget will come together smoothly.

“I hope it’s seamless,” Scutari said in the hallways of the statehouse annex. “At least on the outside.”

In previous years, budget proposals from Gov. Phil Murphy have caused massive controversies in the legislature that dragged on until the very end of June. The 2018 budget, for example, nearly caused a government shutdown over a proposal to implement a state millionaire’s tax.

But this year’s budget has no such controversial flashpoints, and Scutari said today that he doesn’t expect there to be any major roadblocks to getting the budget passed on time.

“No, nothing in particular,” he said. “I mean, we’ve had a lot of good conversations with the governor’s office, and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Republicans will be on board with the ultimate result; legislative Republicans have publicly released several budget counterproposals that would lower income taxes and increase legislative oversight of spending, among other things. But in a legislature controlled entirely by Democrats, every single Republican could vote against the budget and it would still be able to pass.

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