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A Message from Senate President Steve Sweeney: This year's budget was a major victory

UnknownNJ Senate President Steve Sweeney

This year's budget was a major victory.     

With your support we were able to finally put our schools on the path to full funding. 

We ensured property taxpayers will get the Homestead Rebates they're owed. 

We expanded the popular Earned Income Tax Credit, protected the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and gave the Direct Support Professionals who work so hard to care for our loved ones a much-needed and well-deserved raise.  

Crucially, we also successfully asserted our Constitutionally-established power as a co-equal branch of government.

Thanks for all of your support during this hard-fought battle.  Here's what the press had to say about it:

“Speaking of property taxes, the new budget will reflect both hundreds of millions more in school aid, as well as revisions to the state’s school funding law intended to quickly bring the state’s most underfunded school districts annual awards up closer to what is prescribed by the state’s funding formula.”
“It’s a very great step in the right direction,” said Staci Berger, president and CEO of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. “It puts the Housing Trust Fund back on track to be used as intended, which is to help provide critical investments in an array of housing choices in all of New Jersey’s communities…For the last nine years, all the funds were diverted.”
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“At stake was the first budget of Murphy’s tenure as governor and a host of initiatives both sides had long pushed for, including big boosts in school aid for underfunded school districts such as Chesterfield and Delran, more funding for NJ Transit and a record high pension payment.”

Thank you for all of your support during this hard-fought battle.