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.READ MORE: Annual Juneteenth Festival In Bedford-Stuyvesant Takes On New Meaning In 2021
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.”READ MORE: Georgia Man Arrested For 2020 Rape Of Woman Who Was Dragged Into Queens Alley
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.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 24-Year-Old Driver Struck, Seriously Hurt Woman During Brooklyn Carjacking
The deadline for the budget is June 30.