In an unprecedented second Budget Address due to the pandemic, Governor Murphy clearly laid out his priorities for the shortened budget season this week. While some voices in Trenton are calling only for cuts to programs and services, Governor Murphy knows that this is the wrong approach. We all saw the result of Chris Christie’s austerity budgets in the wake of the last recession. Thanks to Christie’s failure to plan or take care of the middle class, New Jersey was one of the last states in the country to recover and Governor Murphy will not make the same mistakes. That’s why he’s calling for investments in priorities that will help the middle class and working families — like supporting our public schools with $68 million in new funds for Pre-K, preserving the Homestead Rebate and other property tax reduction tools, making the full payment into the pension system and introducing an innovative new “Baby Bonds” program to reduce the wealth gap.
In order to fund these crucial priorities, as well as the continued fight against COVID-19, Governor Murphy is calling on the rich and our largest corporations to pay their fair share in taxes. This kind of shared sacrifice is more needed now than ever in a time when the pandemic has exposed the inequities in our society, and I am proud to support Governor Murphy’s call for a stronger, fairer and more just state.
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