COUTINHO: CHRISTIE CUTS TO SENIOR CITIZENS SIMPLY UNFAIR

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) 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:

“Taxing hospitals that are so crucial to many of our communities is not shared sacrifice when the wealthy get a tax cut. Nor is a lack of even an inflationary funding increase for nursing homes.

“And even more, as the wealthy benefit, our poor and middle-class senior citizens have to pay more for vital prescription drugs while losing their property tax relief. Senior citizens in communities throughout our state are going to feel the sting of this budget while the wealthiest residents enjoy their tax cut. With so many senior citizens already struggling to make ends meet on a fixed income, that simply is not fair.”

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