Weekly Advance: Week of May 27

TRENTON – If things will heat up it will probably be slow to start.

It’s the last week of May and coming off the heels of a holiday weekend that’s focused heavily on returning the Jersey shore to its original glory. As for the Statehouse, the agenda is pretty light.

Senate lawmakers will gather under the Golden Dome Thursday for a voting session and a single committee hearing. But Thursday aside, the Statehouse schedule is scant.

But it’s certainly the calm before the storm as lawmakers piece together behind closed doors just how turbulent this storm will get.

Last week, the state Treasurer came back before lawmakers with updated revenue figures and announced the administration was knocking another $132 million off its pending spending plan – which had already been revised down by about $400 million in recent months.

The administration’s projections came after the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services told lawmakers the state could expect a more than $700 million shortfall through the next fiscal year.

And as the state prepares to close out the current fiscal year by June 30, lawmakers will decide whether to send Gov. Chris Christie a tax cut proposal the governor has yet to even budget for in his spending plan.

Discussion of a tax cut was absent during the updated revenue number hearings, but the lack of such talk from Republican lawmakers during committee meetings has not deterred the state’s Republican governor from pushing for the plan – which would need to shore up about $100 million in funding over the first-year phase in.

“The fact is that the Legislature has in front of them the option to do what they should do, which is pass a tax cut [and] leave it to the governor to figure out how to pay for it,” Christie said during a May 22 news conference.

So now it’s time, the last week in May could be slow to start. But, lawmakers will have to decide how to act now that Christie has put in front of them a plan that he’s promised to sell to voters over the coming weeks.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Nothing scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Not yet scheduled

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Board of Public Utilities, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1:30 p.m., Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 15th floor, 225 Park Ave. South, New York

Daily Events

8 a.m., Digital Government Summit, N.J. League of Municipalities, Trenton Marriott, Trenton

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Environment and Energy Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

4 p.m., Pinelands Commission, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

Daily Events

8 a.m., Digital Government Summit, N.J. League of Municipalities, Trenton Marriott, Trenton

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

11:45 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, 2013 New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon, Pines Manor, Edison

6 p.m., Rebovich Institute, reception and awards dinner, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, others, Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence

Weekly Advance: Week of May 27