Budget hearings began this week in the Assembly, as the state moves toward passing a new fiscal budget by the end of June. The Democrat controlled house is concerned about the budget proposal by Gov. Chris Christie, and they believe taxes will be going up as a result. Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Lou Greenwald pointed to the just over $1.25 billion in cuts to school and municipal aid as a direct way taxes will be going up. Budget hearings will continue over the next couple of weeks, with different department heads being called in front of the budget committee.