NJLA Legislative Update

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We are aware of two budget resolutions which have been proposed to provide additional funding for library programs. Budget resolutions are considered by the budget committees in their development of a final state budget bill.

It is now budget time in Trenton, New Jersey. The State of New Jersey must have a new budget by July 1, 2018.  Currently, budget committees in both the NJ Senate and the NJ Assembly are working diligently on developing a budget which will be sent to the full Legislature for passage and then to Governor Murphy for his signature.

The first budget resolution has been introduced in the Assembly Budget Committee by Asm. Daniel Benson (D), Asw. Patricia Egan Jones (D) and Asw. Nancy Munoz (R). This resolution, which has bi-partisan support, calls for an additional $7 million to fully fund the Per Capita State Aid program for public libraries.   Full funding for this program has been NJLA’s main legislative budgetary priority for several years.

NJLA is very pleased that support for full funding of the Per Capita State Aid program has been gaining significant legislative support. Separate from the budget resolution for Per Capita State Aid, Bills S2668/A3801 have been introduced this year and call for full funding of the per capita state aid program.  These bills would only be considered if the additional funding was not included in the new budget. 

The second budget resolution is in the Senate Budget Committee and is sponsored by Senators Troy Singleton and Samuel Thompson.  It also has bi-partisan support and calls for an additional $1.3 million to fund the New Jersey Library Network for the coming year. The library community has only recently become aware of this emergent need for additional funding to maintain services of the New Jersey Library Network including LibraryLinkNJ.

NJLA supports both resolutions. We also realize that we have not had any opportunity to discuss prioritization of these budget proposals with our Executive Board.  We understand that our members may have differing opinions regarding these budget resolutions. We urge you to contact members of the Legislature particularly the members of the budget committees (listed below) who will be deciding the upcoming budget indicating your support for one or both of the resolutions.  It is very important that we get additional funding for our library programs.

We are setting up a “legislative alert” so you can easily contact your legislators.

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The members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are:

  • Sen Paul Sarlo, Chair (District 36)
  • Sen. Brian Stack, Vice-Chair (District 33)
  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (District 8)
  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (District 25)
  • Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (District 5)
  • Sen. Sandra Cunningham (District 31)
  • Sen. Patrick Diegnan (District 18)
  • Sen. Linda Greenstein (District 14)
  • Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (District 13)
  • Sen. Teresa Ruiz (District 29)
  • Sen. Troy Singleton (District 7)
  • Sen. Samuel Thompson (District 12)

Members of the Assembly Budget Committee are:

  • Asw. Eliana Pintor Marin (District 29)
  • Asm. John Burzichelli (District 3)
  • Asm. Daniel Benson (District 14)
  • Asm. Robert Clifton (District 12)
  • Asm. John DiMaio (District 23)
  • Asm Gordon Johnson (District 37)
  • Asw. Patricia Egan Jones (District 5)
  • Asm John McKeon (District 27)
  • Asm Raj Mukherji (District 33)
  • Asw Nancy Munoz (District 21)
  • Asw. Carol Murphy (District 7)
  • Asm Edward Thomson (District 30)
  • Asm. Benjie Wimberly (District 35)