Laments Governor’s Preference for Millionaire Tax Breaks over Help for Working Class
(32nd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman Vincent Prieto on Thursday noted a new analysis shows Gov. Chris Christie’s line-item budget vetoes cost 32nd Legislative District taxpayers nearly $60 million in school aid, significantly less than the Democratic plan.
The Democratic budget supported by Prieto would have provided more than $296 million to 32nd Legislative District schools in Bergen and Hudson counties, but Christie cut that by 20.1 percent using his line-item veto, according to the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.
“Sadly, Gov. Christie continues to protect tax cuts for millionaires over help for hard-working Bergen and Hudson families,” Prieto said.
Secaucus was the hardest hit, losing 58 percent under Christie’s plan. Other districts to get hit hard by the governor’s cuts include Guttenberg, which lost 36.5 percent; Kearny, which lost 35.5 percent; Fairview, which lost 35.4 percent; and North Bergen, which lost 32.3 percent. Hudson County Vocational lost 30.1 percent under the governor’s cuts.
“The governor inexplicably prefers tax breaks for millionaires over much-needed school aid and property tax relief for the working class taxpayers of the 32nd Legislative District,” said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). “That’s flat out wrong. Our budget responsibly valued education and property tax relief and made up for the governor’s unfair cuts to middle-class and poor taxpayers in communities such as Secaucus, Kearny and North Bergen.”