SCHAER: CHRISTIE PLAN TO TAX SENIORS WITH NEW FEES IS NOT SHARED SACRIFICE

(TRENTON) — Assembly Budget Vice Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex) released the following statement Monday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan for the state Department of Health and Senior Services:

“The senior citizens participating in our prescription drug programs are not earning more than $400,000 per year. These are elderly residents who at most are earning $39,956.

“Yet Gov. Christie’s budget would force senior citizens on a fixed income to pay more than double for prescription drugs that preserve their health and quality of life, along with a hefty new deductible. Taxing senior citizens with new fees while giving the wealthy a tax break does not, by any reasonable measure, represent compassion and shared sacrifice.”

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