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TRENTON, N.J. – With today’s State of the State address, Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey (AFP-NJ) is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to address the state’s looming $220 billion pension crisis and take action on common-sense reforms, such as a comprehensive review of all the occupational licensing boards, as originally prioritized in the Governor’s transition reports.
AFP-NJ plans to work with broad-based policy coalitions to reform the criminal justice system, overhaul the burdensome occupational licensing practices, and address the state’s underfunded pension. The group will encourage lawmakers to provide property tax relief and act on the comptroller’s audit of the Economic Development Authority Grow NJ Program.
AFP-NJ State Director Erica Jedynak issued the following statement:
“The Governor and lawmakers must focus on reining in the misuse of taxpayers’ dollars and act on the deeply troubling audit released last week. Ending the failed corporate-welfare scheme at Grow NJ is a great first step for the governor to tackle out of control spending. The legislature must also reduce occupational licensing bureaucracies, address our antiquated criminal justice system, and reform our underfunded pension system to set New Jersey on the right course.
“There is no shortage of work to be done and we’re ready to work with Gov. Murphy, or anyone else, willing to put the interests of New Jerseyans above all. No matter the officeholder, our mission remains the same—break down barriers so individuals can improve their lives.”