TRENTON – Senator Dana Redd, D-Camden and member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, made the following statement today following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2009 State Budget:
“This budget balances the severe financial limitations our state faces with the vital needs faced by New Jersey residents. It shows great fiscal restraint while providing essential services to the most vulnerable among us.
“I am particularly glad that we were able to find additional funds in the budget to restore municipal aid cuts to small municipalities as well as proposed cuts to charity care funding that could have threatened to close several New Jersey hospitals. Additionally, the elimination of proposed co-pays for Medicaid recipients makes sure that health care remains affordable for our most vulnerable residents.
“I’d like to congratulate Chairwoman Buono, Vice Chair Sarlo and Majority Leader Sweeney for their guidance through the entire budget process and thank them for their leadership in crafting this budget.”