TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.
Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized spending, and cuts across all state agencies.
The governor said the spending plan protects essential services such as state aid to school districts and to social service programs. He said the state will finish the extended 2020 fiscal year with a $956 million surplus that will help offset unanticipated budget increases.
Murphy said the state needs greater financial flexibility to borrow funds to secure core services. He said he is hoping that the Legislature gives his administration that borrowing authority shortly. He also re-emphasized his plea to the federal government for additional direct cash assistance.
"Fiscal impacts of the pandemic are as unprecedented as the public health emergency itself," Murphy said during his daily coronavirus briefing. "As we look forward toward the nine-month fiscal 2021 budget we will enact at summer's end the decisions that we make now will have an even bigger impact. But we can't cut our way forward."
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