From News 12:
NJ has billions of extra revenue; Republicans accuse Murphy administration of keeping them in the dark
After years of scrounging for funding at budget time, New Jersey lawmakers say that the state now has more money than they know what to do with. And with just three weeks go to before the state budget deadline, Republicans say that the Murphy administration is cutting them out of choices on how to use the $4 billion tax windfall.
“It’s unprecedented. The whole time I’ve been here, we’ve been dealing with shortfalls,” says Republican state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon.
Since Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget message in February, the state has found itself with an extra $4 billion than it planned for, as the economy roars back from the pandemic.
“We have a lot more money than we anticipated and it’s time to give it back to the taxpayers,” says Republican state Sen. Sam Thompson.Republicans on Thursday demanded the Murphy administration include them in talks about where the money should go before the final budget is signed on June 30.
“We’ve been essentially shut out, left in the dark,” says Republican state Sen. Mike Testa.