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Funding Will Be Crucial to Towns like Hoboken That Have Been Hit by Recession

Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. today applauded final passage of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (H.R. 1586) by the House of Representatives. The legislation, which now heads to President Obama for his signature, will help New Jersey employ as many as 3,900 teachers and increase funding for Medicaid services to the state’s neediest residents.

“I’d like to thank Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and Congressman Sires for their unwavering support of this bill. All around the country we are hearing horror stories about states, like Hawaii for example, that have been forced to make such drastic cuts that schools are now closed on many Fridays. Critical times demand critical measures, but we cannot sacrifice the bedrock of our children’s future.

“This emergency aid is crucial to towns like Hoboken, and many others throughout the district, who are not immune to the effects of the recession. It’s important that New Jersey actively apply for this funding in order to protect the quality of our children’s education, keep people employed, provide vital access to healthcare and move our economy forward at no expense to the state.

“With numerous police officers and teachers already receiving layoff notices, hopefully this aid will come in time to preserve essential jobs in Hoboken and across the state that keep our streets safe,” said Ramos (D-Hudson).