RILEY: TARGETING SENIORS WITH HIGHER TAXES & FEES DOES NOT EQUAL SHARED SACRIFICE

(3rd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem) released the following statement on Tuesday:


“Gov. Christie supports not reinstating the surcharge for those earning more than $400,000 per year, saving them as much as $815.

“Yet Gov Christie supports charging senior citizens $310 just to get access to crucial prescription drugs and doubling co-payments for those drugs. Those plans would increase the cost-of-living by an average of $430 for seniors, including the 5,000 in Cumberland, 5,700 in Gloucester and 1,700 in Salem needing prescription drug help.

“We also should remember his plan to strip senior citizens and the disabled of as much as $1,295 in property tax relief.

“Targeting senior citizens with higher medication fees and property taxes – while endorsing a tax break for the rich – hardly seems like shared sacrifice.

“I urge all 3rd District residents to reach out to the governor’s office to make clear their concern about this plan.”


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