TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg which would create a dedicate, non-lapsing funding source to support New Jersey’s Hemophilia Treatment Centers into the future was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 10-1, with one abstention.
“Unfortunately, we live in difficult economic times for New Jersey, and governors, both Democratic and Republican, have had to make difficult decisions to balance the State Budget from one fiscal year to the next,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen, who also sits on the Budget Committee. “As legislators, we’ve agreed with some of those decisions and opposed others. However, when it comes to certain programs that people depend on, that live up to our collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us, those programs deserve to be protected from the uncertainty of budget deliberations. Funding for the State’s hemophilia programs falls into this category.”