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Senator Beach Statement On Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

CAMDEN – Senator Jim Beach, D-Camden, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Committee’s second public hearing on the Governor’s proposed FY 2011 budget, which was held at Rutgers-Camden School of Law:

“While we recognize the enormity of the budget crisis and the need for reductions, the cuts in the Governor’s proposed spending plan land squarely on the backs of the middle class and our most vulnerable residents.

“It is unfair to ask working families to bear that pain while refusing to consider an extension of the millionaires’ tax, the most logical way to soften the blow of deep cuts in aid to our schools and municipalities that will force property tax increases in communities throughout the state.

“Through the budget process, I will work with my colleagues and the Governor to ensure this budget is crafted fairly and to restore cuts that disproportionately affect our seniors, individuals with disabilities and low- and middle-income residents.”