Public Hearing on State Budget to be Held at Montclair State, 3/16

New Jersey legislators from the Assembly Budget Committee will hold a public hearing at Montclair State University on Wednesday, March 16 to gather public input about Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed $29.4 billion fiscal year 2012 state budget, which cuts spending by 2.6 percent from last year.

The hearing, set for 9:30 a.m. in the 7th floor University Hall Conference Center, will focus on education, higher education and local government issues.  The hearing can be viewed live online at montclair.edu/webcast.

“It’s a chance for lively public discussion with citizens directly impacted by the governor’s proposal,” said Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden).

This is the second of three public hearings and the only one in North Jersey where residents can air their opinions about the budget.  The third hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at Camden County College, will cover public safety, economic development, transportation, the environment, arts, history, cultural issues and any other topics.

Those who want to testify can register online at njleg.state.nj.us.Click on “online registration” under the “Budget Public Hearings” heading. Or register by phone by calling the Legislative Budget and Finance Office at (609) 292-1170.

Members of the public attending the hearing will be asked to show identification and to sign a log book. Members of the University community must show their University ID to attend the hearings.  The Montclair State University Police Department will be handling security for the hearing and implementing appropriate security measures.

Those attending the hearing may park free of charge in the Red Hawk Deck parking garage located on campus.From Normal Avenue, visitors who are driving should turn onto College Avenue, which bends to the left.  After the bend, the Red Hawk Deck will be visible on the right, adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater.

After parking in the deck, visitors may exit the garage on foot from the fifth floor onto the walking path that leads directly to University Hall/College of Education and Human Services (it is a Spanish Mission Style building—the largest building on campus). Once in University Hall, visitors should go through the lobby and take the elevators at the north end of the building to the Conference Center on the seventh floor.

Visitors wishing to take a shuttle bus from the Red Hawk Deck to University Hall should take the elevator to the second floor, and exit the parking deck. When a campus bus arrives, ask if the bus stops at the Student Center.  When you get off at the Student Center, turn right and University Hall is at the corner.

Montclair State University is also accessible from the NJ TRANSIT Montclair-Boonton line at the Montclair Heights train station or by NJ TRANSIT bus. Please visit njtransit.com for additional information.