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March 31, 2018
"We've included in this last document a permission to the executive branch to intrude in the budget process of our school districts, which has previously been and should continue to be within the sole providence of the state education department.  I am quite troubled that our school districts will now have to report to the Department of the  Budget on an annual basis what their budgets are, and give the Department of the Budget the opportunity to review these and penalize them if they believe that they haven't complied fully with the disclosure process...once you allow the Department of  Budget to intrude into this process it is the first step toward full control  by the Department of the Budget. And I believe that is improper. It should not be in this budget and that is something that we were unable to keep out of the budget and I think it is a defect in the document we have," said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, before voting on legislation that would enact into law major components of legislation which are necessary to implement the state fiscal plan for the 2018-2019 state fiscal year. (A.9507-C)

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