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NJ Assembly hears list of budget concerns

Local News | Mar 19, 2014

NJ Assembly hears list of budget concerns

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Community groups are asking New Jersey lawmakers to boost state budget allocations, or in some cases not to cut them.

People representing transportation interests, health education centers, clinics and other groups were appearing Tuesday before the state Assembly Budget committee to state their cases for state funding.

Among the requests were raises for workers in group homes for developmentally disabled people and more money for preschools and full-day kindergarten.

It was the Assembly’s second of three scheduled public hearings to gather input on Gov. Chris Christie’s $34.4 billion proposed spending plan.

The Christie administration projects higher revenue in the coming fiscal year. But about half of it is earmarked to cover rising public-worker pension fund contributions.

Lawmakers must approve the budget by July 1 and it has to be balanced.

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