In anticipation of Gov. Phil Murphy proposing a nine-month budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2021, Cape May County Freeholder candidates Brendan Sciarra and Liz Casey are calling the governor to retain the level of appropriations he proposed in February when he presented a full 12-month budget.
“New Jersey tourism is a $43 billion industry employing 1 in 10 New Jersey residents,” Sciarra said. “Cape May County’s tourism sectors have suffered devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arguably more than anywhere else in the state. It is critical the governor retain his prepandemic appropriations so employees and tourism-related businesses can survive and help New Jersey’s economic recovery.”
New Jersey is operating on a limited budget that extends until Sept. 30. In February, Murphy presented a full 12-month budget, prepandemic, in which appropriations were included that marked the first increases in 10 years for tourism, the arts and history.
“We call on the governor to retain his prepandemic tourism, arts and history appropriations and honor A3101, a bill he signed into law that stated new minimum appropriations for these sectors from their dedicated source of revenue, the NJ Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee,” Casey added. “The Cape generates roughly $6 billion in tourism revenue annually and sends over $500 million in state and local taxes to Trenton every year, it’s time for a return on our investment. The future of our museums, galleries, attractions, hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, breweries and wineries depend upon it.”
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