In a stunning announcement, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said there will be no tax hikes to deal with the state’s enormous budget cap – and instead, there will be no payments for retiree pension and health benefits.
A huge budget shortfall could force the Christie administration to make painful cuts in state programs in New Jersey.
For many New York families the reduction in benefits will mean finding other ways to put food on the table.
Parents and friends of the disabled were set to protest against proposed state budget cuts on Long Island Saturday.
The “sequester” is now the law of the land, with President Barack Obama having signed the order Friday night that triggered $85 billion in mandated budget cuts.
Significant budget cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration could mean closed air traffic towers and possible layoffs if those in Washington are unable to reach an agreement.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Stamford this week, talking plainly about what the state can expect in the budget in a couple of weeks.
An Assembly panel will gather Wednesday to hear how a $10 million cut in funding to legal services for low-income residents will affect those who can’t afford to hire a lawyer.
Christie said his budget doubles a property tax relief program for seniors and spends $90 million more on a program that freezes seniors’ property taxes.
Nursing homes lost about $30 million in aid. A program that helped keep the aged, blind and disabled population out of managed care was cut by $11 million.
Democrats say cuts made by the Republican governor before signing a $29.7 billion budget disproportionately hurt the poor and middle-class.
The state budget adopted late last month called for about $850 million more in state subsidies than the previous year. About half that amount was added at the end of the budget process.
The aid for cities was among dozens of items Gov. Chris Christie vetoed before signing the new state budget into law.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has rebuked Gov. Chris Christie and ordered the state to increase spending on poor schools by an estimated $500 million.
The annual lobbying by the mayor takes on a different cast Monday after Cuomo benefited from Bloomberg’s endorsement in the fall elections.