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Lawmakers seek changes to TTF program, including transparency rollback

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03/14/17 05:32 AM EDT

TRENTON — Democratic lawmakers in the Statehouse are considering major changes to New Jersey’s infrastructure spending program but are being met with resistance from their Republican colleagues.

The complex, 21-page bill (S3075) would enact broad amendments to the law passed last year authorizing the state’s Transportation Trust Fund to spend $2 billion per year on road, bridge and transit projects.

The new measure, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, would strip a key transparency requirement, delay the creation of a panel to review the proposals and create a new system by which counties and towns could take over stalled projects. It would also allow the state to “bundle” several related projects, potentially speeding up environmental reviews and engineering work.

Introduced a week ago, the bill was quickly ushered through committee and was scheduled for a vote in the state Senate Monday, but never went on the board. Sweeney said he did not have enough support to call a vote without first sending the bill though a second reading. Such a predicament suggests fairly significant Republican opposition.

4 thoughts on “Lawmakers seek changes to TTF program, including transparency rollback

  1. The next step is eliminating the scheduled reduction in sales and estate tax.

  2. Raise the gasoline tax to fund the TTF black hole and then make it even less transparent even though they somehow spend 3X any other state per mile of state road? This is where the graft and corruption is, and Sarlo (I mean Senator Sanzari), Sweeney (iron workers union) and Prieto (my cousin Vinny) are up to their eyeballs in it. This stinks worse than the Jersey swamp.

  3. 12:29, you nailed it

  4. That’s “Jersey Strong”!

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