Sarlo Statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal

TRENTON – Senator Paul Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Proposal:

“I welcome the Governor’s proposed budget to address the state’s fiscal priorities as we work to emerge from the pandemic. It’s a serious spending plan that will be given a thorough review by the Senate Budget Committee in the months ahead.

“We need to be fiscally responsible with the decisions we make on the use of all our resources and look to identify savings and efficiencies in state spending and government services.

“Our top priority is to find sustainable ways to make the lives of New Jersey’s residents more affordable, to reduce their cost of living and to provide tax relief, especially on property taxes.

“We must be strategic in the use of the federal funds. These resources must be used wisely to invest in state priorities in fiscally responsible ways.

“As we continue to focus on the financial needs of the people of New Jersey, I believe we have to take a two-year budget perspective. We have to be mindful of the national and international conditions that could impact the economy, state revenues and the financial well-being of the state’s residents and businesses.

“We will build on the Governor’s proposal to produce a state budget that addresses our economic needs in a responsible and effective way.”