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$500 MILLION TO BE CUT FROM STATE BUDGET

 TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senate and Assembly Budget chairman have targeted $500 million to be cut from the $15.6 billion budget proposed by Governor Jim Florio. Assemblyman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-25), chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and Senator Robert Littell (R-24), chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, unveiled that goal on this week's edition of CTN's "State of the State."
 "A $500 million cut in spending is a good objective," Senator Littell said. "The budget has a structural deficit in that there is almost a billion dollars worth of revenue from short revenue proposals that will not be available next year," Littell explained. "This is what has gotten this state into trouble year after year. They keep having these one shot gimmicks to spend money that won't be there in the future. That's not sound government, and it doesn't make any sense at all to continue to do that," he added.
 Assemblyman Frelinghuysen, agreed that the proposed budget would create a deficit for the state, and perhaps even a potential tax hike down the road for New Jersey residents.
 "If it was not for some found federal money, approximately $412 million, the Governor would have been faced with some tough decisions in terms of introducing this budget and the potential of it being out of balance," Frelinghuysen said.
 The Assemblyman went on to say that a possible tax hike could be the result if they adopted this budget without making the necessary cuts.
 "In reality we are being set-up for a tax hike as we look toward the 1995 budget process," Frelinghuysen said. "That's where we are heading unless we make some serious attempts to reduce the size of the state operation."
 Both chairman agreed that it would probably not be necessary to lay off more state workers this year to meet the cuts they are proposing.
 "No, I don't expect that there will be a need for layoffs in the upcoming year if the retirement incentive program and the attribution program are implemented and adopted in the manner they are proposed," Senator Littell said. "I don't think there will be any massive layoffs this year," he added.
 Frelinghuysen said that layoffs will not be necessary to meet the budget cuts, but he added a cautionary note that positions not deemed necessary might be eliminated.
 "The legislature is obligated, as it is every year, to review every departmental budget to make sure that every position is needed," Frelinghuysen said. "If there are certain things that the state is providing in the way of services that can be done by the private sector or by a nonprofit contractor that state employees are now providing, I think there is always the potential that we can reduce the work force," he added.
 This addition of State of the State will air on CTN Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, March 3 at 9 p.m. Check your local listings for the CTN channel in your area.
 Host Gene Dillard was joined on the program by Audrey Kelly, State House Reporter for the Asbury Park Press.
 "State of the State" is a production of CTN. CTN is a service of the New Jersey Cable Operators.
 Video and audio tapes of this program are available by contacting Laura Zdroik at the CTN office, 800-421-0443, provided that CTN and "State of the State" are given full credit.
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