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Greenwald Statement on Budget Negotiations

(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald issued the following statement on the ongoing budget negotiations:

“Last week, we sent Governor Murphy a balanced budget that protects the priorities of middle- and working-class New Jerseyans.

“This budget would provide property tax relief to families by restoring the full homestead rebate, increase aid for the underfunded districts in our state, and contains a $3.2 billion pension payment while managing to preserve the Governor’s priorities.

“We sent a responsible budget with real numbers that’s sitting on his desk, and we still have 24 hours for Governor Murphy to take another look at the budget that both the Senate and Assembly passed.

“It is very clear that the Governor does not want to negotiate and would rather tax New Jersey residents at a higher rate rather than corporations.
“We put the ball in his court today by offering him a millionaire’s tax, but he refuses to come to the table.

“Before the Governor takes out his pen and red lines valuable programs that improve the lives of New Jersey residents, I hope that the Governor will take another look at what we have offered as a co-equal branch of government, and take the necessary steps to compromise.”