Governor Signs Majority of Vocational Package, Vetoes Bills With Funding Requirement

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Governor Chris Christie signed most of a legislative package associated with strengthening vocational schools December 3, vetoing two of the measures which required funding by the State.  The legislation was championed by the Assembly Speaker.  NJPSA supports the package

The Package

Championed by the Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson, Bergen) as well as key members of both houses, the bill package looks to promote and expand New Jersey's vocational school programs.  

The Assembly Speaker had indicated when he became the Speaker back in January that improving vocational education would be one of his top priorities, citing it as key to making sure all New Jersey students are ready for work in today's ever-changing economy.

 "While many focus on college without thinking about a technical career, we have to make it clear that there are also many well-paying careers that can be launched with an industry credential or an associate's degree," said Prieto (D-Hudson, Bergen). "As we work to make sure our economy begins to grow again, employers will look to our county vocational-technical schools to meet this need. We need to make sure our students are ready to go."

The Legislation approved December 3:

Vetoed Legislation:

The Governor also absolute vetoed the two pieces of legislation within the package that required State funding to support the initiatives.  These include: