CAMDEN – Senate Budget and Appropriations Chairman Paul A. Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic, released the following statement after the second public budget hearing on the FY 2011 Budget, held today at Rutgers-Camden School of Law:
“Today we finished two days of public hearings, during which we heard from dozens of residents who expressed deep concerns about the potential impacts of the Governor’s proposed FY2011 budget.
“We are also concerned, and many, many questions remain.
“Our job in this budget process is only beginning. The committee will now head back to Trenton to start the process of reviewing the proposal line by line. In the coming weeks, we also will hear from members of the Governor’s Cabinet who we expect will explain their rationale for leveling deep cuts upon our most vulnerable citizens without asking for similar sacrifice from the wealthiest residents of our state.
“We recognize the depth of the state’s fiscal crisis, but cannot allow one segment of the population to bear the lion’s share of the budgetary pain. In the months ahead, my committee will work with the Governor to develop a final spending plan that is fair to all of the residents of our State.”