TRENTON, NJ  – An effort championed by Bayonne’s legislative duo of Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalliti and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight to encourage vibrants arts and cultural scenes in municipalities across New Jersey was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday.

Under the bill, A-3832, local governments, with voter approval, will have the ability to establish dedicated funding for arts and cultural programming in their communities.

“Municipalities often lack a recurring funding source for the arts,” said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson). “This legislation aims to give residents the ability to choose whether some of their tax dollars will be devoted to the New Jersey arts.”

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“From the performing arts to individual artists to children’s art programs in our schools, there are many who would benefit from the additional funding,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “If our residents want their tax-dollars going towards boosting New Jersey’s arts and culture then this is absolutely something we should encourage.”

According to Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who represents the neighboring 33rd Legislative District,“The arts and our creative economy are vital to our urban communities, to the state’s cultural identity, and to the overall economy, contributing nearly $520 million annually.”

Senator Sandy Cunningham who also represents the 31st Legislative District is a co-sponsor of identical legislation in the New Jersey State Senate.