Rice ties budget vote to stricter oversight of urban aid

TRENTON – State Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28) of Newark said he does not plan to support his party’s budget as long as it does not contain measures limiting aid to cities out of compliance with state regs.

“My argument has always been that Democrats have to submit their own budget and work from there, and it appears we’re attempting to do that,” said the veteran maverick senator.

“I can live with most of the budget items in there but Democrats still don’t want accountability as it relates to urban aid,” Rice added. “We cannot have aid without accountability. We cannot have mayors not fulfilling compliance audits and continuing to receive state aid.”

Rice said he is requesting language that would withhold state aid until all cities can demonstrate top to bottom compliance with state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) rules.

According to documents released this morning by the Assembly Democrats, Newark would receive an additional $4.9 million in aid for police and fire. All towns would receive an additional $50 million.

Rice ties budget vote to stricter oversight of urban aid