State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, the chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the 2019-20 fiscal year budget approved by the state Assembly "sets New Jersey on the right path for the next fiscal year."
The 38.7 billion budget was passed in the Assembly by a vote of 53-24. It also passed the state Senate 31-6 and heads to the governor's desk.
“We’ve listened to constituent concerns, taken into account OLS and the Administration’s budget testimony to devise a spending plan that builds on the progress we’ve made in the last few years," Pintor Marin said.
“We’ve moved forward to once again deliver a fiscally responsible budget that provides more funding for property tax relief, seniors, veterans, higher education, community colleges, NJ Transit and without broad-based taxes," the Assemblywoman said.
“With a healthy surplus of over $1.4 billion, our budget meets our residents’ priorities and includes the Governor’s priorities providing a record pension payment of $3.8 billion," Pintor Marin said.
“Importantly, we’ve heard the call from various sectors to help ease the impact of the minimum wage increase on Personal Care Assistants and Direct Service Providers," she said. "Our budget fixes this problem and also provides property tax relief and increased funding for NJ Transit, $50 million more than the Governor proposed."