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Lampitt: Christie Plan for Higher Ed Will Harm Middle-Class & Economic Development

Assembly Higher Education Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) released the following statement Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Christie’s budget plan for higher education:

“Gov. Christie repeatedly insisted as a candidate that he was committed to higher education, but his cuts to colleges, tuition aid and scholarships seem to show otherwise.

“This testimony clearly shows that Gov. Christie is putting the financial burden directly on New Jersey families, putting the dream of a college education out of reach for thousands of New Jersey students.

“But our colleges and universities are also economic engines that help drive our economy, create jobs and wealth and spark research and development, both now and in the future. Cuts like these will stagnate their ability to grow and economy and slow our recovery from the global recession.”

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Assemblywoman Lampitt, 856-435-1247

ATTENTION 6TH DISTRICT RESIDENTS: FILING DEADLING FOR FLOOD ASSISTANCE IS APRIL 19TH AT NOON

The NJ State Office of Emergency Management has re-opened the door for our county to be included in the Presidential Declaration for FEMA aid for flooding resulting from the rains storms of March 12-14th. Sam Spino, Camden County Emergency Management Coordinator, is coordinating the appeal.

Residents, municipalities and non-profits only have a short window to make a claim – deadline is Monday, April 19 at noon -- so residents, municipalities and non-profits need to get back to us as soon as possible.

Types of claims:

Public Assistance (PA) claims, aimed at county and municipal governments and private non-profits, should include dollar damage assessment and location of the claim.

Individual Assistance (IA) is for residents. Homeowners should include, name, address and a contact number. If the county gets enough of these, we can request an assessment team from the state to come down and assist individual home owners with flood damage claims.

IA is based upon population, not dollar amounts.

Residents are urged to call their local municipalities and report damage caused by flooding. They can also call Camden County’s Department of Emergency Management at 856-783-4808 ext 5408. The deadline for filing this appeal is Monday, April 19, at noon.

Assemblywoman Lampitt Statement on Christie Budget Address

“We’ve heard quite a bit from Gov. Christie about his commitment to higher education, yet today he pulled the rug out from under higher ed.

“Gov. Christie’s budget contains not just cuts to institutions of higher education, but global cuts to programs – like tuition aid grants and the Educational Opportunity Fund – that hit all sectors, putting the financial burden directly on middle class families and removing the prospect of a college education for thousands of New Jersey students.

“These cuts also show that the governor does not see our institutions of higher education as the vital economic engines they are. These cuts will likely force staffing cuts across the board and will limit our colleges and universities’ ability to attract and produce the top-notch professionals businesses in the state and across the region have come to expect.

"Gov. Christie needs to rethink this plan and do what he promised and invest in higher education."

Lampitt Job Creation Program Bills Signed Into Law

Measures Will Grant College Credits for NJ PLACE Coursework; Help Provide Basic Skills Training to Displaced, Disadvantaged Workers

(TRENTON)-- Two bills Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt sponsored to help workers gain essential skills training were signed into law today by Acting Governor Stephen M. Sweeney.

The first new law will formally recognize college-level learning taking place in union apprenticeship training programs and award credits toward either two-year associates degrees or four-year baccalaureate degree programs by establishing a New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education, or NJ PLACE program.

Under the Lampitt/Egan measure (A-4327), public colleges and universities will be required to treat the coursework of each NJ PLACE associate in the same manner as it would classes taken by a student seeking to transfer previously completed college credits.

“In this economy it is not always a possibility to graduate from high school and attend a four-year, or even a two-year, college right away,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Kids today work hard to complete apprenticeships, they work hard to complete college-level classes to fulfill their class work, but they receive no credit and find themselves, literally, taking and paying for those same classes again when they do enter college.”

The NJ PLACE program is operated by the State Employment and Training Commission, and its funding comes from various grants.

Diegnan, Lampitt & Voss Push to Ensure Students Know NJ STARS Eligibility Advanced by Senate Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Patrick Diegnan, Pamela R. Lampitt and Joan Voss are sponsoring legislation to ensure high school juniors and seniors are aware that they could be in line for a NJ STARS full-tuition scholarship has been advanced by a Senate panel.

The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) program provides full-tuition county college scholarships to students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class.

“No high school student should be left unaware that they could qualify for NJ STARS,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), the Assembly Higher Education Committee chairman. “NJ STARS is allowing thousands of deserving students who might not have had the means to attend college to work towards a degree that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Every student who has a chance at the same success should know they, too, could have the same opportunity.”

“The potential for a NJ STARS scholarship must be part of the basic conversation kids and parents have when preparing to look at colleges,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Knowing that a tuition-free degree could be theirs could be the carrot some students need to push themselves a little harder.”