Source: NJSpotlight - Since Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. Steve Sweeney proposed competing plans for remaking school funding in New Jersey, it’s been more talk than action.
Both Christie and Sweeney have gone on public campaigns to muster support for their proposals, each winning their share of endorsements for what are radically different paths.
But there has been little to no legislative action on either plan. That’s partly because some heavyweight topics like pensions and transportation are under debate, but also because there are questions as to whether either proposal has the political legs to get enacted.
Christie’s plan to equalize funding across the state took one step forward last week, when Assembly Republicans filed the legislation that would put his proposal on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.
One of the prime sponsors of the proposed resolution, state Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Ocean), said he knows the proposal is a “long shot” when it comes to winning support — or even progressing much — in either the Assembly or Senate, both controlled by Democrats.
But since it is also sponsored by state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), the Assembly minority leader, the Republican proposal is at least meant to continue the debate in the Legislature, Wolfe said.
“We are really looking to provoke a discussion,” he said. “This is a different alternative.”
There has been no shortage of such debate, as both Christie and Sweeney have been barnstorming the state to promote their plans…
Wolfe also said yesterday that his and other Republicans’ aim is to keep the topic on the front burner. He cited other long-running Republican proposals to remake funding that should be considered as well.
“Let’s look at all the proposals out there, and not just assume we can continue to keep getting what we got last year,” he said.