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Senator Redd On The Fy 2009 Budget Address

Senator Dana Redd, D-Camden and Gloucester, speaks at the meeting of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

TRENTON – Senator Dana Redd, D-Camden and Gloucester, today released the following statement regarding Governor Jon Corzine’s Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Address:

“Today we were presented with a very sobering picture of the State’s financial crisis. I commend the Governor for confronting the State’s fiscal challenges, in particular, the structural deficit. I realize that some budget cuts are necessary, but they are just one step in confronting the issues that have helped to exacerbate the State’s dire financial situation.

“It is imperative that we continue to look for long-term solutions to tackling New Jersey’s financial issues, and more importantly, reducing the State’s debt load. At the same time, we must ensure that the most vulnerable populations – children, seniors and the disabled are taken care of, while working to address the financial burdens imposed on middle class families.

“As a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, I am eager to engage in a bipartisan effort to craft a fiscally sound budget that still serves the people of this State.”