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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Senate Budget Republicans vow to vote against three-month supplemental

By Nikita Biryukov, June 26 2020 10:03 am

The Senate Budget Committee’s Republican members announced their intent to vote against a three-month budget supplemental slated to get a committee vote Friday afternoon.

“Since the beginning of the public health emergency, Senate Republicans have sought to work collaboratively with Governor Murphy and our colleagues in the Legislature to address the many challenges facing New Jersey, including a State Budget shortfall resulting from significant tax revenue losses,” the GOP senators said. “We have offered thoughtful solutions to save money and increase revenues without raising taxes or resorting to unconstitutional borrowing.”

State Sens. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin), Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), Michael Testa (R-Vineland) and Sam Thompson (R-Old Bridge) said they would vote against the measure because of an opaque process and a lack of negotiation with Trenton’s minority party.

“Unfortunately, the Murphy administration has shunned a bipartisan approach and chosen to go it alone by taking steps that don’t even qualify as half-measures, including the proposal of this three-month budget extension without significant legislative input and no public hearings,” they said. “For those reasons, we cannot in good conscience vote in support of Governor Murphy’s $7.7 billion spending proposal.”

The measure will likely pass without much issue even without Republican support.

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