Senate Approves Democratic Budget Proposal

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TRENTON – The state Senate approved a $30.6 billion state budget proposal sponsored by Democrats, 23-15 this afternoon.

The budget provides more funding for Medicaid, education and tax relief for seniors and very low income residents than Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal. However, it has drawn fire from Republicans because it uses higher revenue projections than the governor’s budget.

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The governor has said that he will not sign the bill, which he referred to as “pie in the sky, fantasy budgeting.”

“I’m proud that the Democratic budget document stands up for our State’s shared priorities, and I’m glad that we recognize that health care is a right deserved by all, not a privilege intended only for the economic elite,” said state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge.)

The Democrat-controlled Assembly is expected to vote on the budget later today.


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