Battle Brews Over State Budget In New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880) – The budget battle is heating up in the Garden State as lawmakers look for a compromise before the summer deadline.

Health and pension reforms are the big issues this year.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney: The Deadline Is June 30

“Yes, to the extent that we can get health benefits reform that will save municipalities money, will save the state money,” says Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark), who also says the Senate President’s pension reform proposal has more support than the governor’s. “We do believe that it is more equitable.”

However, Coutinho says both lack enough support.

“Everybody needs to do their share – public employees, millionaires,” he says, adding that Democrats will still push for a millionaire’s tax. “We don’t think that it’s too much too ask… It is a matter of principle.”

Gov. Chris Christie has already to promised to veto it, again.

The deadline for the budget is June 30.

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  • Glen Pierce

    Lowering the class sizes from 23 to 12 kids started the financial burden. More teachers were added. The problem today is more “volume” and not so much the “rate” paid for the benefits. It is mostly because we hired more teachers 22 years ago. And the 4 previous governors did not make balance sheet money transfers to prepare for the inevitable. Now it hits the fan. So no choice but to increase the class size and start over. If the 4 Gov’s before Christie had done their financial job correctly, we citizens would have noticed the effect of class size upon our pockets these 20 years. And made decisions accordingly. I think the defeated town budgets will force education to increase the class size like the old days.

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