Assembly Bill 2046, which would increase the portion of the Casino Revenue Fund for transportation for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, passed the Assembly on January 11th by a vote of 75 to 2, with 2 abstentions. The measure would raise the percentage of the fund dedicated to special transportation from 7.5 to 8.5%. The Senate passed a similar measure in December, and Goveror Corzine is expected to sign the bills before he leaves office. The Lackawanna Coalition supports the initiative.
Funding for transportation for senior citizens and persons with disabilities will be increased. The bill that will raise the portion of the Casino Revenue Fund that will be spent on special transportation programs will increase from 7.5% to 8.5% beginning with the next fiscal year on July 1st. Because revenue earned by the casinos in Atlantic City has decreased recently, the total amount of funding will decrease. Still, the percentage increase makes the picture less gloomy than it otherwise might have been. The Lackawanna Coalition supported the measure.