Chairman Jones applauds Governor Murphy, Democratic lawmakers, for investing in New Jersey’s working families with state budgets

Chairman Jones applauds Governor Murphy, Democratic lawmakers, for investing in New Jersey’s working families with state budgets

Chairman welcomes the addition of an expanded free public college, middle class tax break, and historic annuity payment as major gains for NJ

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy officially signed the state budget for fiscal year 2022 today after it was passed last week in both the state Senate and General Assembly, including numerous investments in New Jersey working-class families that make a big difference in their quality will make up life. NJDSC Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. released the following budget statement:

“I applaud Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin, and all the Democrats in our state legislature for adopting this historic budget that will make crucial investments in working class families across our state.

From expanding the Garden State Guarantee program to offer eligible students four years of fee-free college for the first time, to more direct wealth tax relief for the middle class than we’ve seen in decades, to a massive $ 6.9 billion payment to strengthen them the pension system that so many working families in our state rely on for financial and old age and more, this is a budget that meets many of our greatest needs and will have a significant positive impact on New Jersey residents in the years to come will have.

At this critical moment, when our state is still tackling the pandemic and our recovery begins, these investments will no doubt support the residents who have been on the forefront of COVID-19 and are working hard to keep our state afloat. It means more funding for our public schools to make sure they can reopen safely and fully in September. more support for small businesses that urgently need it, so that they can expand their workforce and create more opportunities; more support for hard-working middle-class taxpayers with a new $ 500 rebate program and the expansion of the Homestead rebate program; and much-needed relief for low-income residents who are still grappling with an increase in income tax credits, additional funding to fight hunger, and more.

This is a state budget we can be very proud of, and I thank Governor Murphy and our Democratic lawmakers once again for addressing the immense challenges we face and delivering for the people of New Jersey. “

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