BURZICHELLI: RESTORING SENIOR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF & ELIMINATING NEW & INCREASED SENIOR MEDICATION FEES NEEDS TO BE TOP PRIORITY

Notes $1,630 Savings for the Rich as Seniors Would Pay $1,725

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement Monday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan for the state Department of Health and Senior Services:

“Gov. Christie’s plan to cut property tax relief for senior citizens and require them to pay significantly more for prescription drugs is too harsh and quite simply unacceptable.

“Gov. Christie needs to rethink his plan and find a way to restore property tax relief for senior citizens and eliminate his plan to tax them with higher medication fees.

“Under Christie’s plan, seniors would lose $1,295 in property tax relief, be forced to pay $430 in new and increased prescription drugs fees, all while those earning $500,000 enjoy a $1,630 tax cut.

“That’ s just not right.

“Our parents, grandparents and elderly friends and neighbors deserve better.

“Restoring property tax relief for our senior citizens and eliminating these increased fees on life-saving medicine must be our first priority.”

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