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Transparency for the budget will never be provided by NJ Democrats, Assemblywoman Dunn says

NEW JERSEY – The budget process has been opaque the past few years, facing criticism for introducing the appropriations act and passing it without a fully public process, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn said.

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy said he would like to change that process, but doubted it would happen this year, according to reports. Assemblywoman Aura Dunn doubts it will ever happen.

“There is a political advantage to passing a spending bill without anyone being able to get a complete look at it before it is passed and signed into law,” said Dunn (R-Morris). “If Democrats were serious about transparency they would enact my plan to get it done.”

Dunn has introduced bills requiring legislative changes to the governor’s proposed budget are publicly available by June 1, the state Treasurer to establish a transparency site, and establishing an independent New Jersey Revenue Advisory Board to take political expediency out of revenue estimates.

“Creating a trusted budget process will not only successfully separate necessary spending from waste, but restore faith in our government and leaders,” said Dunn. “When transparency and fiscal responsibility are sacrificed by politicians at the bargaining table, we all lose.”

During the public budget signing in June, reporters grilled Murphy on how the entire budget process appears to be becoming more opaque with each passing year. He claimed that as chairman of the National Governors Association, he had a look at other states and boasted about how it’s done here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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