TRENTON – Senator Paul A. Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic, released the following message today regarding Governor Jon S. Corzine’s proposed State budget:
“Governor Corzine delivered a stark message this afternoon. As a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, I realize that the road to balancing the budget will be a rough one, but I also feel that we should truly review the proposed budget before making conclusions on temporary revenue-raisers.
“It’s time to fundamentally move away from the State’s property tax rebate programs, which are confusing to most taxpayers. Instead, we should cut directly from the property tax costs, which would allow residents to keep their money and not have to wait months to get it back.
“As elected officials, we are select to make sure that the best interests of our constituents are represented here in Trenton, and by taking the time to review Governor Corzine’s budget in detail before making recommendations to cut programs, we’d be doing just that.”