TRENTON – In his 15 to 20 years of doing revenue projections and analysis, Office of Legislative Services budget director David Rosen said the relationship between OLS and the Executive branch has been the “least collaborative” during the last two years.
“There are not a lot of people who do revenue work,” he said. In the past, administration officials would share their thoughts. “We have made that offer,” Rosen said. “In the last two years they have not been interested in that process.”
He said that in the past “there has been a higher level of collaboration.”
When a lawmaker asked why there was such a disparity between revenue forecasts OLS does, versus the Treasury’s figures, Rosen said he didn’t know, given the scant communication.
“All that we heard was that we were wrong,” he said. “There was no substantive discussion.”
Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), of Secaucus, said that was unfortunate.
“That’s a shame,” he said. “That puts us at a disadvantage.”
The Christie administration consistently disparages OLS’ projections, which tend to be more pessimistic than Treasury’s figures.