As we're diving deeper into New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's new budget plan, it appears Sussex County could be getting hurt with less state financial aid. Due to population decline all over the county, this was expected on some level. All but 4 school systems in Sussex County are reportedly facing these cuts. Some local school officials are saying that the funding is even worse than they were told just a few months ago. Vernon, Hopatcong, and Wallkill all stand to lose funding with this new budget. It looks like Newton, Sussex Tech, and some others will at least remain flat. This could lead to staff cuts in our schools. You can see a complete breakdown by community from NJ.com here. I grew up in a suburb of Boston, where overcrowding in schools is such a major issue, so this is opposite of everything I know.
The numbers are in, and I'm happy to report that we LOVE whiskey!!! Whiskey sales are up 8% totaling at $3.4 BILLION! That is a lot of Bourbon ---- okay and now I'm thirsty. I need to stop reporting on whiskey.