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Preview – Senate Budget Panel To Discuss Education Funding In Fy08 Budget, Clean Election District To Be Named On Monday

TRENTON – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will continue their hearings on Governor Corzine’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2008 with a pair of meetings on Monday to discuss funding for the Department of Education and the State’s higher education programs.

At 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 4, the Committee will meet with Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to review the Governor’s proposed $10.877 billion in public education funding. The budget includes approximately $310 million in increased operating aid to schools, of which $124 million would be allocated for Abbott districts and $185 million would be distributed to non-Abbott schools in the form of both formula and supplemental aid.

At 1:30 p.m., the Committee will focus on funds for Higher Education Services. Jane Oates, Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education, will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed FY 2008 budget which would increase spending for higher education by $49.3 million dollars to provide $2.162 billion in overall support for New Jersey colleges and universities.

Also on Monday, the Special Legislative District Selection Committee, formed as part of the Fair and Clean Elections Act of 2007, will meet to decide which of the split legislative districts will be chosen to participate in this year’s clean elections pilot program. The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 12 of the State House Annex.