Today in Trenton: Budget Committee Eyeballs Labor and Transportation

TRENTON – The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee today will continue its review of Governor Chris Christie’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget with consideration of testimony from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Transportation/NJ Transit.

The labor portion of the discussion will focus on economic opportunity, job growth, wages, job training, and programs that support employees, such as Paid Family Leave, said Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), the chairman of the committee.

The afternoon hearing on transportation will include discussion on funding for New Jersey Transit operations, capital needs and safety technologies, as well as infrastructure investments through the Transportation Trust Fund and for the proposed Gateway project.

In a statement, Sarlo expressed concerns about the budgetary impact of actions by President Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans on critical transportation priorities as well as labor programs.

The hearings will be held in Committee Room 4, 1st Floor of the State House Annex on Thursday, April 27th with the Department of Labor & Workforce Development appearing at 11:00 a.m. and the Department of Transportation/NJ Transit at 12:30 p.m.

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