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Assembly Budget Chair Says Governor’s Repackaging of Democratic Bills Vetoed Last Week Only Delays Help for Out-Of-Work Residents

Assembly Budget Chair Louis Greenwald today issued the following statement on Governor Christie’s proposed FY 2012 budget, which once again features a substantial loss in property tax relief:

“Our system is broken. Structurally there’s a crack, yet the Governor has proposed covering it up with window dressings. This will do absolutely nothing to fix the problem.

“Throwing an extra $250 million at our schools this year is only giving them back one percent of the five percent the Governor took away last year.

“You cannot cut over $2 billion in overall property tax relief without having an honest discussion about how to fund our broken system.

“When it comes to addressing our economic woes, the Governor did nothing more than take our bills that he vetoed the other day and repackage them as his own proposals today. As the old saying goes, ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ Unfortunately, for all of our out-of-work residents, they now have to wait at least another five months for these stimulus measures to be enacted when the Governor could have simply signed them last week.”