Governor Removes Funding for Transit Villages
July 5th, 2011 by Jay Corbalis
After being restored to the budget that was passed by the Legislature last week, funding for the Department of Transportation’s Transit Village program was removed from the FY 2012 spending plan signed by Governor Chris Christie on June 30.
The governor used his line-item veto power to eliminate funding for the program, along with a host of other items that had been included in the budget approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
The Democrats’ proposal would not have increased spending to pay for the Transit Village program; rather, it included language that directed DOT Commissioner Jim Simpson to dedicate $1 million to the program from already allocated funds. The governor’s line-item veto struck this language from the budget.