In this video press release, the Democratic members of the Assembly Budget Committee - Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), the panel’s chairman, Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen), John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman, Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic), Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex) and Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) - discuss the passage of the Democratic budget for fiscal year 2015.

The Democratic budget (S-2015) sent to Governor Christie’s desk is a budget that protects the values of New Jersey’s hard working middle class families. It recognizes that women and families require access to quality health care and that vital services, such as nursing homes, cancer research, college affordability and domestic violence programs must be protected.

It gives tax relief to those who need it most, while responsibly fulfilling the obligations the state has to teachers, police and firefighters. It resorts millionaires to their 2009 tax rate, a move that embodies fairness and share sacrifice. It is a budget that makes clear that - unlike Governor Christie’s reckless funding plan - Democratic priorities are in line with those of the state’s middle class, working families and the poor.

While the governor allows vital obligations to go unresolved, the Democratic budget meets several of New Jersey’s most important needs and is the most fiscally responsible plan that can be offered in these difficult economic times.

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