Democrats Agree On State Budget, Ignore Republicans
Republicans had hoped Democrats would consider their recommendations for more than $1.5 billion in spending reductions, but were not given any consideration. Instead, Democrats have decided to spend $200 million more than Corzine’s original budget proposal.
Twenty-six percent of the budget will be spent on running the state and delivering services. The remaining 74 percent, about $25 billion, will be distributed to favored constituencies.
Here’s how Democrats have decided to allocate state aid for public schools for the coming school year. As you can see from the chart below, state aid will vary wildly by county – from a low of $1,611 to a high of $11,999 per student. Bergen, Morris, Somerset counties are the big losers, receiving less than $2,000 in state aid per student. Hunterdon County doesn’t fair much better at $2.049.
Sources: New Jersey Department of Education – State Aid Summaries and Education Data