Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Legislation to Reduce State Government Spending


Extraneous or unnecessary spending by the New Jersey State Government would be targeted under new legislation introduced by Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. Under the bill, a bipartisan commission would make annual recommendations for elimination or reduction of nonessential spending, reducing the burden on taxpayers.

The bill (A-4167), known as the “State Spending Commission Act” would establish the State Spending Commission, the purpose of which would be to investigate and study State spending in order to identify areas of nonessential expenditures for elimination or reduction. The commission would be comprised of ten members, including public members appointed by the majority and minority parties of both houses of the Legislature, and commissioners or directors from State government departments with the lowest expenditures.

“Both Democrats and Republicans want to ease the burden on taxpayers in our state, which is why we need both parties to come together,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “This bipartisan commission would be a much-needed check on State spending.”

“Status quo is no longer good enough when it comes to our state’s finances, and we need to take a long, hard look at what we can and cannot afford,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “By bringing these experts together and trimming the fat, we can create a more effective, efficient government for all residents.”

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