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Karabinchak, Coughlin & DeAngelo Praise Tax Amnesty Revenue Exceeding Anticipated Projections: $282M

Assemblymen Sponsored Bill Implementing 3-month Tax Amnesty Program It's Tax Day and the numbers are in. The impact of the 3-month Tax Amnesty Program proposed by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (Both D-Middlesex) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex) last April to help replenish state coffers amounts to $282 million in state revenue.

The Department of Treasury shared an estimation of the revenue in early April during an appearance before the Assembly Budget Committee, but has recently released a total gain from the program. The revenue received from the tax amnesty program is mostly attributable to sales and use tax, gross income tax and corporate business tax payments.

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

“Ensuring coverage for mental health services will have a meaningful impact on thousands of lives across our state,” said Assembly Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “On average, one in five Americans experience mental health issues. Access to health care is a basic human right and everyone deserves the necessary treatment and coverage as it relates to one’s mental health.”

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Democratic Assembly Budget Panel Members Respond to First Public Hearing

Today, the Assembly Budget Committee held the first of two public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget. The second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27, 2019 in committee room 4 in the State House Annex at 9:30 a.m. Democratic committee members released the following statement regarding today's testimony:

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), committee chair: "Today we began a months-long process to craft a fair and responsible budget. We heard from a variety residents and important groups and associations. We fully understand the importance of adequately funding schools, transportation, direct service providers who care for the most vulnerable, the arts and more. We also understand for every spending increase a corresponding cut is needed. This committee will give today's testimony the consideration it deserves as we work to produce a spending plan that reflects the priorities of our fellow residents.

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Receives Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was approved today by a vote of 73-3.

The bill (A-2031) would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and to meet the requirements of a 2008 federal law, which prevents certain health insurers that provide mental or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, commonly referred to as mental health parity.

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Speaker Coughlin Statement on Impact of Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization and Expungement Legislation

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin issued the following statement regarding the important social justice aspects of the adult-use cannabis and expungement bills before the legislature:

“The status quo has been disproportionately unfair to our minority communities. This bill is a step in the right direction to correct that inequality. This will help to create a pathway to economic growth for all communities while addressing social justice concerns. We would create an accessible path to expungement for those who were charged with a minor cannabis possession crime prior to the law."

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