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Majority Leader Greenwald on FY 2021 Budget Address

(TRENTON) –  Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D- Camden, Burlington) issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2021 State Budget plan proposed by Governor Murphy today:

“The coronavirus pandemic has plunged New Jersey into an economic calamity unrivaled by any other since the Great Depression. This is a cold hard reality that we must face head-on.

“Make no mistake; difficult choices lie ahead. Shared sacrifice will be necessary, but Assembly Democrats will painstakingly comb through the Governor’s proposed plan to identify spending reductions and responsible budget solutions that take into account our shared priorities of educating our children and young adults, protecting our seniors and providing as much property tax relief as possible during this dire fiscal crisis.

“I am very pleased that the Governor’s proposal calls for restoring funding for the Homestead Benefit and Senior Freeze property tax relief programs. I am also very encouraged that K-12 school aid funding is not cut in this budget and that core municipal aid funding is maintained.

“Last month, in the Assembly chamber, our Republican colleagues offered to advocate for relief from the federal government. I am still waiting to hear how their talks with Washington are going.”