New Jersey Appropriations Cap Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Appropriations Cap Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. At least four measures were proposed in the 2014 legislative session to set a state appropriations cap. Identical measures Assembly Concurrent Resolution 71 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 27 would have established a 2 percent cap on annual appropriations increases for certain state government spending.[1][2] Assembly Concurrent Resolution 107 would have capped annual growth in appropriations at 4 percent of the appropriations made in the prior fiscal year.[3] Senate Concurrent Resolution 92 would have capped the growth of annual appropriations based on inflation and increases in state population. It would have also reserved half of the revenues collected which exceed appropriations and used the other half for direct property tax relief.[4]

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ACR 71 & SCR 27 supporters

ACR 107 supporters

SCR 92 supporters

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

At the time in New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments had two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature could either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement. SCR 27 was introduced on January 14, 2014, and was referred to the Budget and Appropriations Committee.[5] ACR 71 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and was referred to the Budget Committee.[6]

ACR 107 was introduced on February 6, 2014, and was referred to the Budget Committee.[7]

SCR 92 was introduced on March 17, 2014, and was referred to the Budget and Appropriations Committee.[8]

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