As you may recall, when signing the State’s FY 2020 spending plan back in June, uncertainty about meeting revenue targets prompted Governor Murphy to direct the State Treasurer to withhold funding for certain programs. The total held in abeyance equaled $235 million. Satisfied with collections, to date, the Department of the Treasury released a total of $114 million on Thursday. Among the programs receiving support are Transitional Aid for distressed municipalities, substance use disorder programs, cancer programs and some higher education initiatives. Specifically, the Treasurer has released just under $54 million in Transitional Aid funding to the Department of Community Affairs. That is slightly more than half of the $105 million that had been reserved in July.
We objected to the Governor’s decision to put the Transitional Aid program, designed to support those most in need, into jeopardy. We are now gratified that a first step has been taken to begin to fund the program at the level specified in the State’s Budget.
Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, ext. 121.