FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:
July 8, 2006
CONTACT:
Anthony Coley
Brendan Gilfillan
Phone: 609-777-2600

Governor Corzine Signs Executive Order to Begin Orderly Resumption of Government Operations


TRENTON – Governor Jon S. Corzine early today signed an Executive Order directing state departments and agencies to begin an orderly resumption of government functions and services.  This took place shortly after the Senate and Assembly approved the Fiscal Year 2007 budget bill and sent it for the Governor’s consideration.

The Governor emphasized that while Executive Order 19 starts the process for resuming government operations, he would still need to sign the budget bill into law before the state has the legal authority to spend money.  He said he expected the review would be completed later today.

“While I share everyone’s desire to complete this process as quickly as possible, I am not going to cut corners,” said Governor Corzine.  “We will review the bill closely to make sure there are no legal flaws and that the numbers truly balance.  We also will closely review the other 15 bills that make up the entire budget package.”

On July 1, Governor Corzine signed an Executive Order that immediately began the orderly shutdown of non-essential state government functions.  This step was taken after the constitutional deadline for enacting a balanced budget passed.  About 45,000 state employees across 31 departments, agencies and authorities were furloughed. 

The Executive Order follows.

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 19

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2006, a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 had not been enacted; and

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2006, I signed Executive Order No. 17 declaring, inter alia, that a state of emergency exists in the State of New Jersey because of the absence of a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007.  The Order provided for the continuation of State functions and services that are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the people of New Jersey and established a framework for effectuating the orderly cessation of functions and services that were not deemed essential; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 17 remains in effect until such time as a General Appropriations Law is enacted for Fiscal Year 2007; and        

WHEREAS, the cessation of non-essential functions and services has continued for eight days and caused great disruption to the general public and the economy of this State; resulted in the closing of many vital State enterprises including all casinos, race tracks, the State lottery, State parks and beaches, motor vehicle offices, camps for children with disabilities, permitting and inspection operations required for the conduct of business, and virtually all State highway construction projects; and caused the loss of significant revenues to private businesses and the State; and

WHEREAS, an agreement has been reached as to the content of a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 that provides for predictable, reliable, and recurring revenues to match expenditures, and a bill incorporating that agreement has passed both houses of the Legislature; and

WHEREAS, it will require additional time for the bill to be reviewed and signed into law; and

WHEREAS, under the present unique circumstances, it is in the best interests of the people of the State, and would further the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State, to begin the orderly resumption of State government functions and services so that the government will be prepared to resume all functions and services immediately upon the signing of a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby DECLARE, ORDER, and DIRECT:

1.         Paragraphs 8, 9, and 16 of Executive Order No. 17 are hereby rescinded.

2.         Every department head and the head of every agency allocated to but independent of a department affected by the failure to enact a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 is directed to begin immediately an orderly resumption of all functions and services funded through the General Appropriations Law and not deemed essential under Executive Order No. 17, in order that the government will be prepared to resume all functions and services immediately upon the signing of a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007.

3.         The State Treasurer and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget are hereby authorized to obligate funds for the purpose of paying for the resumption of these functions and services, but in the absence of a signed General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 in accordance with Article VIII, Section II, Paragraph 2 of the New Jersey Constitution, no funds shall be disbursed except as provided by law.

4.         All State officials and agencies shall cooperate fully in the implementation of this Order.

5.         This Order shall take effect immediately.

   

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http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/