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  Murphy defends opaque budget process
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ContributorNew Jersey Politico 
Last EditedNew Jersey Politico  Jun 23, 2021 04:17pm
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AuthorNikita Biryukov
News DateWednesday, June 23, 2021 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. Phil Murphy defended the process that saw a $46.4 billion spending bill approved by budget committees in both chambers mere moments after the legislation’s text became publicly available, but he expressed willingness to explore reforms to bring transparency to the process.

“I think as a general matter, New Jersey’s got a good process,” he said at Wednesday’s virus briefing. “So, for instance I’ll tell you from our side, [we] presented our budget in February. Countless hearings. I think 19 before the Assembly Budget Committee, 17 before the Senate of our cabinet members, regular revenue updates, particularly as of late when revenues began to spike meaningfully higher than expectation.”
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