TRENTON – The state Senate failed to pass two resolutions – SCR 212 and SCR 213 – that would have overridden two line-item vetoes and restored funds for tuition aid grant votes, 24-13.
Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) of Metuchen praised the program for giving students a chance to attend college who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend.
However, Sen. Michael Doherty, (R-23), pointed out the state does not have infinite resources.
Also, Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24) of Sussex, pointed out Gov. Chris Christie is still allocating hundreds of millions of dollars toward Tuition Aid Grants.
Still, the governor’s veto of funds for TAG was not that of a Democratic initiative. It was a cut of funds he had planned in his original budget from February.
An override of the one veto would have restored more than $2 million to enable part-time students to receive TAG grants to attend college. That would have brought the fund up to more than $11 million.
The second resolution would have restored more than $46 million for the TAG program, bringing it up to $340 million.
Earlier, the Senate failed to override SCR227, which would have put back $6 million for the cost of exempting families in so-called “wrap-around’’ child care programs under Work First New Jersey.