OLS: Murphy overestimates N.J.’s shrinking state surplus

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s ability to withstand a recession is poor and getting worse, Save Jerseyans. 

On Monday, Frank Haines of the Office of Legislative Services (OLS) testified before the Assembly Budget Committee and shared that his office is planning on $182.8 million less revenue coming into the coffers than Phil Murphy is counting on for his grandiose spending plans.

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“I think the cumulative effect is that the surplus will be 25 percent lower,” said Haines.  “So we would say that the surplus projection, adjusting only for our revenue forecast, is not a comfortable projection – it is an over projection.”

“So we are not exactly sure that we are going to hit those numbers,” added Assemblyman John DiMaio, speaking with Haines on the record. “We will have a lot more clarity in May when you come back so we will all pray for the best.”

New Jersey’s surplus is significantly smaller than the national state average.

The FY 2020 budget will need to be finalized before July 1st or the state will enter into its second consecutive government shutdown. 

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