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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Speaker Prieto on Assembly Democrats’ Plan to Balance the Budget While Addressing Core Democratic Priorities

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) issued a multimedia package Thursday of his remarks at a news conference on the Assembly Democratic budget plan.

The Assembly budget plan for next fiscal year will restore money for women’s health care and shore up funding for nursing homes and domestic violence programs, while also providing tax relief for working families and fully funding the state’s pension obligation.

The plan, among other things, will also eliminate the tax break enjoyed by millionaires under Gov. Chris Christie.

It will include $7.5 million to restore money Christie has cut from women’s health care.

And it will also increase the benefit amounts under New Jersey’s earned income credit program to 25 percent of the federal earned income tax credit amounts, restoring another Christie cut and giving tax relief to working poor families.

According to Prieto, the plan will also shore up funding for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and domestic violence programs, all of which have had funding difficulties under Christie.

As does the plan unveiled by the Senate, the Assembly Democratic plan fully funds the state’s pension obligation for next fiscal year.

More details will be made available as budget hearings are scheduled in the coming days, and Prieto said he would work with the Senate to resolve differences in the plans.

The multimedia package consists of a video of Speaker Prieto giving brief remarks at the start of the news conference and audio of same.

The video can be accessed directly via our website — — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.