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As New Jersey progresses into spring, more town, county and school district budget stories are making headlines.Most budgets are a source of angst. Red Bank Green
reports that a reduction in the state-mandated amount that towns must allocate to public libraries has caused layoffs — and subsequent outrage — in Red Bank.
Laid-off children’s librarian Sira Williams embraces colleague Jane Eigenrauch after Wednesday night’s council meeting. Photo: John T. Ward/Red Bank Green
Livingston TAP reports that some in that town’s school district — which is looking at a tentative operating budget of $108.9 million for the next school year — are concerned that many would-be full-time positions are being filled by part-timers in an effort to save money.
As Bill Dressel with the New Jersey League of Municipalities told WBGO News, higher pension and benefits payments are making it hard to cut costs.
Our full roundup:
Red Bank: Library Layoffs Spark Outrage Red Bank Green
Daughter of Newtown victim calls for gun reforms as Team 26 stops in Morristown Morristown Green
Are Electronic Medical Records Interfering with Care Quality? Blogfinger
Westfield High School Presents ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ TAP Westfield
Livingston Resident with office in East Orange Admits to Taking Kickbacks for Patient Referrals and Failing to Report Income TAP Livingston
Tentative Operating Budget of $108.9 Million for 2014-15 School Year TAP Livingston
Nutley BOE OKs tentative budget Nutley Sun
Fired Paterson economic development director heading to trial in lawsuit against his boss Paterson Press
Paterson’s Rodriguez says he will still run for mayor despite election fraud indictment Paterson Press
Plane Crash Victim’s Daughter Enters Pageant to Continue Father’s Legacy Mahwah Patch
$16.6M Verona School Referendum Up For Vote Tuesday Verona Patch
Butler Schools Accused of Discriminating Immigrant Families Triboro Patch
RBR Senior Freestyle Skier to Compete in USSA Junior Nationals Red Bank Patch
Bloomfield mayor: Suspend police Internal Affairs investigations Bloomfield Life
‘Stand Your Ground for Social Justice’ Rally Highlights Racially Biased Court DecisionsMuckgers
Rutgers President Defends Selection of Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker New Brunswick Today
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Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.