Gov. Murphy has signed Senate Bill 2293, formally called the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act,” after the state Senate approved it in a 31-0 emergency vote.
Lawmakers fast tracked the reduced school bond bill, sending it back to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk with his recommendations for the state to seek $500 million in bonds, rather than $1 billion.
It now heads to voters who will decide via a ballot question this Election Day, Nov. 6, whether New Jersey will be able to borrow the money.
The reduced amount includes $350 million for vo-tech schools and school security, $50 million for county colleges and $100 million for water structure improvement.
The previous version of S2293, which Murphy conditionally vetoed earlier today, called for $450 million for school security upgrades and $400 million for the expansion of county vocational schools.
The reduced amount didn’t sit well with Senator Tony Bucco, R-25th District, who called Murphy’s prior conditional veto “disappointing.”
“Gov. Murphy’s massive cut to the school security funding in the original version of our bipartisan legislation is a total lapse in judgment,” he said in a prepared statement. “If the governor is so concerned about keeping our schools safe from gun violence, then I question why he would mandate such a drastic cut in school security.”