New Jersey has a budget season again, and the first state budget hearings begin Monday. But this year the virtual format, which was created during COVID-19, will remain. Lawmakers say it is not so much a security issue as an opportunity to encourage more active public participation. This is happening at a time of some discontent in the state. A new poll found that half of respondents say New Jersey is moving in the wrong direction, including in areas such as affordability and taxes. We attend the first hearing and hear who is asking for a piece of this year’s $ 49 billion pie.
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