Stalled by Budget Mix-Up, State Funding Now in Offing to Help Local Media

Several weeks after Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation earmarking $5 million for an innovative media-funding consortium that is trying to boost local journalism in New Jersey, a state budget mix-up has kept the group from getting off the ground.

By all indications, Murphy and lawmakers remain committed to the local-journalism initiative, which is intended to help fill the void created by newspaper cutbacks and other media struggles that have left many communities in New Jersey with little to no local news coverage.

But Murphy said in a recent bill-signing statement that the proposed New Jersey Civic Information Consortium cannot now be funded in the way lawmakers had originally intended because the pot of money they identified as a revenue source has already been committed to other purposes.

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