SCHAER: CHRISTIE PLAN WILL DRIVE UP PROPERTY TAXES & TUITION AND CUT PROGRAMS AIMED AT HELPING BUSINESSES STAY AFLOAT

(TRENTON) — Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex) released the following statement Thursday on Gov. Christie’s speech:

“Today’s address outlining severe cuts to state government serves us all as yet another reminder of the unprecedented and worldwide economic crisis facing our nation, our state and our local communities.

“While the Governor is on the right track when he describes our fiscal situation as difficult and our taxes as too high, I do not believe cutting programs that are proven job creators and incentives to small businesses to expand is the correct course of action.

“Also, the Governor’s proposed cuts to NJ Transit are not what residents of Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties need when these vital services help people get to work, to the doctor, to school or to a job interview.

“Additionally, by proposing massive cuts on local school districts and to our colleges, residents of my district and all of New Jersey will face further steep hikes in property taxes and tuition at specifically the time when they simply have had enough.”

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