Governor Murphy poised to sign new budget with changes, avoiding state shutdown

David Madden
June 30, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gov. Phil Murphy

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TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey will have a budget on Sunday, averting a possible shutdown Monday. But Governor Phil Murphy is expected to line item veto at least some of the $38.7 billion spending plan approved by the legislature 10 days ago. 

We’ll learn more about what’s cut when Murphy meets with reporters Sunday afternoon. 

Ben Dworkin, who runs Rowan University’s Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship, says Murphy has little choice but to approve the budget, even without the added funding the Governor had sought. 

But that’s not to say the debate over revenue is over, because he’s still got time to get what he wants long-term.

“He’s got two more budgets to go through at least,” Dworkin told KYW Newsradio. “And in those budgets he’s going to be able to come back with his drive to create a true Millionaires tax that begins at the $1 million threshold and to support other items that he wants to see funded in a different way.” 

So what gets cut? Look to some of the add ons legislative leaders have included, since they’re the ones who have forced Murphy into a corner here. 

“Legislative leadership are clearly winners,” Dworkin added. “They were able to get the governor to sign their version of the budget. But the governor is also a winner in the long-term.”

That’s because, in the end, this fight isn’t over programs. They’re pretty much in agreement there. But legislators balked at Murphy’s insistence to make every millionaire in the state pay a higher tax rate. 

That won’t happen. But the governor gets to continue his revenue debate without the ugly ramifications a state shutdown would bring with it.