Democrats Criticize Christie’s School Aid Cuts

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STATE – Four local lawmakers have criticized Gov. Chris Christie’s line item veto cuts to education aid. Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green and Asw. Linda Stender noted that 13 of 14 school systems in their district will lose funding thanks to the governor’s cuts, while every school system in Asm. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Peter J. Barnes III’s district is a victim of the governor’s budget axe.

“We value education and property tax relief, but this governor would rather support tax cuts for 16,000 millionaires throughout New Jersey,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex.) “Our children and taxpayers deserve better.”

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“It’s astounding that this governor slashed school aid for 18th District taxpayers by 32.3 percent,” said Barnes (D-Middlesex.) “That’s a harsh message from our governor to working class families struggling to make ends meet.”

Edison lost more than $9.5 million, over 45 percent of the education funding included in the Democrats’ budget proposal. Linden and Rahway each lost more than $10 million in school aid.

“While we all understand that spending less in times of austerity is the right thing to do, cutting tens of millions of dollars in aid to our schools that will ultimately put the squeeze on students and middle class taxpayers alike will only serve to make things worse,” said Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset)

“With his unilateral veto of the millionaire’s tax and over $600 million held in reserve in the budget as surplus, the governor’s professed necessity for these school cuts doesn’t just ring hollow, it rings cruel,” said Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset.)


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