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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGES*** Speaker Prieto, Burzichelli, Spencer, Mosquera & Lampitt Excerpts from Appropriations Committee Hearing on Rebuilding NJ’s Middle Class

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) and committee members L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Gabriela M. Mosquera (D-Gloucester) and Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) issued multimedia packages Monday of excerpts from the committee’s hearing on a wide-ranging legislative package to rebuild New Jersey’s middle class.

The first multimedia package features a brief introduction from Chairman Burzichelli and testimony from Speaker Prieto and Assemblywomen Mosquera and Lampitt on a series of bills in the package:

  • A-30: would increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program for the first time in nearly three decades;
  • A-40: would increase the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 40 percent of the federal level;
  • A-152: would increase to $50 the monthly personal needs allowance for residents in certain state facilities for the first time in 30 years;
  • A-1000: would improve housing for up to 1,000 low-income individuals and households; and
  • A-1210: would require the state to comply with federal minimum heating assistance contribution requirements in an effort to prevent 160,000 New Jersey households from losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The second multimedia package features Assemblywoman Spencer discussing the need to increase funding for New Jersey’s lead abatement program (A-1378).

The multimedia packages consist of excerpts from the committee hearing and audio of same.

Both packages can be accessed directly via our website —

The multimedia package on rebuilding New Jersey’s middle class can be viewed here.

The multimedia package on increasing funding for the state’s lead abatement programs can be viewed here.

The audio files are available upon request.