"Economic progress can’t be made without social progress and social progress can’t be achieved without economic progress." - Governor Phil Murphy
As Democrats we stand for basic notions of opportunity, fairness and investing in people. I believe this budget meets those standards and provides the sustainable resources to move New Jersey forward. Notably, we increased funding for cancer research, charity care, seniors in nursing homes, programs and staffing for people with special abilities. We increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to cover more than 500,000 families, we invested in Pre-K and community colleges, increased school funding, we will spend $242 million on NJ Transit, and will contribute $3.2 billion to the public employee pension.
Some Budget Highlights:
- $21 million for seniors in nursing homes
- $20 million for workers taking care of people with developmental disabilities
- $20 million in wage increase for direct support professionals
- $10 million for charity care
- $6.7 million for District 37 schools
- $3.8 million for non-public school aid
- $2.5 million for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- $2 million for cancer research
- $2 million for Holy Name Hospital's Palliative Care Pilot Program
- $1 million in Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program
- $1 million for the REED Next Autism Services Program
- $500 thousand for Smoking Cessation and Prevention
- $400 thousand for NJ Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders
- $250 thousand for Nourishing Young Minds Fund
- $250 thousand for Latino Action Network Hispanic Women's Resource
- $200 thousand for the Adler Aphasia Center
- $200 thousand for New Jersey 2-1-1 Partnership
- $200 thousand increase for Small Business Development Centers
- $150 thousand for Project S.A.R.A.H.
- $125 thousand for Governors Literacy Initiative
- $100 thousand for Historic New Bridge Landing
- $19 Medicaid fee-for-service rate for personal care assistance services
In the end, I was proud to vote for a balanced and fair budget.
Best wishes for a safe and happy 4th of July!
“Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future” – John F. Kennedy
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Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
It is an extreme honor that I have been elected to serve as a delegate representing New Jersey at the Democratic National Convention this upcoming July in Philadelphia. Words cannot express what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to stand on the convention floor and cast my vote shattering that glass ceiling and officially ratifying Secretary Clinton as the first female Presidential nominee in history.
As a delegate representing you, I will be able to lend my voice in setting our national party’s agenda and advocating for the values that we find so important and essential.
As we kick off summer with Independence Day celebrations and trips to the Jersey Shore, I am excited to share with you some big legislative accomplishments for District 37 and New Jersey.
Major Port Authority Reform Achieved
For the first time in decades, New Jersey and New York have come together to create binding change at the Port Authority. A transparency bill I have championed for several years was finally signed into law last week, bringing us a critical step closer to reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. A3350/S2183 subjects PANYNJ to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act and the New York Freedom of Information Law. Now, PANYJ must do more than talk about being open to the public. It must actually adhere to the open records laws of two states.
Helping our Loved Ones Manage Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Aphasia
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