Budget Peace, School Moneys and King Kong Bundy – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Budget
Phil Murphy made his budget speech yesterday and the valuable Spotlight says it got a “far less hostile response from fellow Democrats than his budget last year,” while Matt Friedman at Politico says, “Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, both houses’ majority leaders and both budget chairs all said they were in a better place than last year.”

King Kong Bundy
King Kong Bundy, the professional professional wrestler, died Monday, and do you ever feel like a reporter has just been waiting to write a story for years and you had no idea? That’s Colt Shaw’s piece in the Press, which clearly draws from deep reservoirs of knowledge and experience. Maybe Huba and John Russo were standing over his shoulder feeding him gems. Anyhoo. Bundy, aka Chris Pallies, was born in A.C. We’ll miss him too.

Schools
Schoolteachers called on Phil Murphy et co. not to cut education funding under a state law that will “gradually take millions away from more than 100 school districts because lawmakers determined they were getting too much state funding,” Adam Clark at NJ.com reports.

The districts can ask voters to raise taxes.

‘Atlantic City’ The Book
If you’re looking for a long read to distract you on hump day, here you go.

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