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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Republican Budget Officer Bucco Comments on Mid-Year Update

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco made the following statement today as David Rosen, the Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, gave his mid-year update on the state budget to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Rosen’s report indicated that the budget deficit for the remaining six months of fiscal 2010 has grown to almost $2.2 billion:

The following are Senator Bucco’s opening remarks to the committee:

“We have been told that today’s hearing is being held so Dr. David Rosen, the Legislative Budget Officer, can provide us with information on the current status of the FY 2010 budget and to discuss the outlook for the upcoming FY 2011 budget. While I welcome a discussion, I don’t believe that a single person in this room is unaware that the FY 2010 budget has an imbalance of close to $2 billion and that the FY 2011 budget may have a deficit of almost $10 billion. So why are we really here today?

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Bucco Says Redd Decision to Double Camden Pay Shows Stronger Oversight Needed

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Senator Tony Bucco, Republican budget officer, said he was disappointed but not surprised by new Mayor Dana Redd’s decision to double the pay of some political appointees to her administration even as New Jersey faces the worst economic crisis in decades. Bucco noted that a new law approved by the Legislature on Jan. 11 greatly weakens the governor’s ability to oversee how hundreds of millions of dollars in state taxpayers’ money are being spent, leaving the governing of Camden open to the kinds of abuses for which it has become infamous. Bucco called on new legislation to restore oversight and require accountability of Camden officials.

“The new law crippled the governor’s ability to exercise oversight over the hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money pumped into Camden each year,” Bucco said. “In the Senate, Democrat legislators passed this law over unanimous Republican opposition even though nearly all money spent by the city of Camden comes from state aid, not local taxes.

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Kean, O’Toole & Bucco Pleased Pension and Benefits Reform Will Be a Top Priority

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Kevin O’Toole issued the following comments regarding the announcement by Senate President Steve Sweeney that pension and benefits reform would be a top priority.

“My colleagues and I are all-too-aware that the pensions and benefits systems are unsustainable at the current time,” Kean stated “This effort will build on the bipartisan cooperation on pension reform that was successful in the last legislative session. It is vital that we complete the process of identifying and implementing necessary reforms to ensure that rank and file employees’ retirement funds are safeguarded.”

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