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(3rd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) on Wednesday released the following statement on opposition to eliminating Gov. Christie’s plans to increase prescription drug costs for senior citizens while slashing their property tax relief:

“Thursday’s hearing and the votes next week by the Assembly and the Senate will be a defining moment.

“Who will stand for more than 600,000 senior citizens struggling to afford their medication and keep their homes? Who will stand for 16,000 millionaires simply being asked to join in the shared sacrifice to fix our budget problems?

“The simple fact is more than 600,000 senior citizens are staring down a huge property tax increase under Gov. Christie’s budget.

“Call it what you will, but many seniors will lose nearly $1,300 in property tax relief. That is a tax increase. These rebates, after all, are an integral part of our property tax relief system.

“Many seniors will be out nearly $1,800 total in property tax and prescription drug fee increases, while a family making $1.2 million would receive a tax cut of $11,598.

“This is a matter of fairness and priorities.

“My priority is helping senior citizens through these tough economic times, not tax cuts for millionaires.”

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