N.J. Democratic Budget Proposal Restores Funding To Medicaid, Provides $50M To Public Safety Fund

legislatureDemocrats will introduce a $30.6 billion budget proposal later today that restores a host of funding cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Christie, from tuition assistance to Medicaid, according to documents released late Sunday night. The Democrat budget relies on more optimistic revenue figures and is roughly $1 billion higher than the governor’s plan. That does not include a separate bill that would establish an extra tax on all income above $1 million, which would provide roughly $500 million in additional aid to suburban school districts.

Christie has vowed to veto the tax, but some lawmakers said the tax should be non-negotiable, particularly in light of the fact that the governor and lawmakers are asking public workers to dig deeper into their pockets for health and pension benefits.

“This is a line-in the sand issue for me,” said Assembly John McKeon (D-Essex). “I don’t care if we have to shut the government down until September.”

Christie, in his role as governor, certifies the final revenue figures. Last week, he told Democratic lawmakers to rely on the Treasury Department’s figures of $29.6 billion, which means Democrats must scale back their plans or else Christie will use the line-item veto to trim it himself.

The budget must be approved by Thursday, and voting sessions have been scheduled for later this week. The Senate and Assembly Budget Committees are holding hearings later today.

Here is a more detailed summary of the Democratic proposal.

• The plan provides $447 million for Abbott districts, as required by the state Supreme Court, along with $580 million 215 “below adequacy” school districts.

• Provides $50 million for a public safety fund that can be tapped by police and fire departments stung by layoffs and spikes in crime. Read more in Star Ledger.

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  1. This action boarders on insanity. If We the People” do not get this budget under control now, we will witness further tax hikes and more unfunded spending.

    The Governor needs to reject these proposals and go at the line item veto.

  2. More Democratic “smoke and mirror” answers to our problems. Keep spending more money than you take in. I wonder if my bank will let me write checks for more than my balance? Look how well Obama has done with the Fed budget……it just gets crazy

  3. medicaid has to be cut, people that did not put 1 cent in s.s. are getting it you see people go to doc with a runing nose waste of money, medicaid comes out of s.s. money, hope you all know that

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