ASSEMBLY PANELS TO MEET MONDAY TO DISCUSS TOPICS

Assembly panels on Monday will convene hearings on the Christie administration’s decision to suspend work on the new Hudson River rail tunnel, the economic impact of the elimination of film and digital media tax credits, the state’s farmland assessment program and ways to cut education mandates to combat property taxes.

All hearings are set for the State House Annex in Trenton.

They will be streamed live at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

The Assembly transportation committee will meet at 10 a.m. to address Gov. Chris Christie’s work suspension on the new Hudson River commuter rail tunnel considered vital to economic development in the region.

The panel will also address the many recent NJ Transit service disruptions and review customer service issues.

“New Jersey commuters deserve better, especially considering this poor service comes after a 25 percent fare hike was forced upon them earlier this year by Gov. Christie,” said Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss the economic impact of Christie’s elimination of the film and digital media tax credits. A representative from NBC Universal is expected to attend.

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will meet at noon to examine issues surrounding farmland assessment and issues raised by its current application.

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