TRENTON — Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee announced Thursday that $4.3 million in funding for public libraries would be restored in next year’s state budget.
“No one denies that this year’s state budget is the most challenging budget in living memory. Of the many necessary savings that were made this year, cutting libraries has been one of the most problematic and difficult,” the members stated.
“Libraries are an essential lifeline that keeps the unemployed connected to potential opportunities. We are hopeful that as prosperity returns to New Jersey more funding will become available for the indispensable services that libraries provide to students, seniors and others who lack internet access,” Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris.)
The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco (Morris); Senators Kevin O’Toole (Bergen), Pennacchio, Steve Oroho (Sussex) and Mike Doherty (Warren).
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