Legislature Passes Bloated $32.9B Budget, ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion
For taxpayers looking for some fiscal responsibility from Trenton, Monday was not a good day.
FY 2014 Budget (S3000/A3200)
The FY 2014 made its was through both chambers and is now headed to Gov. Christie’s desk. The budget is in keeping with the governor’s $32.9B proposal outlined earlier this year, representing roughly a 3.5% increase over last year. Over the past four years the spending is up 13.5%.
The budget passed the state senate by a tally of 29-11. Ten Democrats joined one Republican (Sen. Mike Doherty, R-23) in voting against the budget. Over on the Assembly side the budget also passed with bipartisan support by a count of 52-25. Assemblyman Jay Weber, R-26 was among those who voted against the budget. The Democratic caucus split votes for and against the budget in both bodies. A full roll call for the bill should be publicly available tomorrow via the state legislative website.
Medicaid Expansion (A4233/S2644)
The Assembly passed the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion with 46 votes in favor and 32 opposed. The senate passed the measure last Friday 26-12. This bill also now awaits action from Gov. Christie who indicated earlier this year he planned to go along with the expansion, a critical component of the federal health care takeover. The Medicaid expansion will cost New Jersey at least $1.5B over ten years, while adding thousands more New Jerseyans to the failing, broken Medicaid system (Click here to read more on AFP’s position).
Likewise, a roll call of the Assembly vote on the expansion bill should be available tomorrow via the state legislative website.
AFP urges activists to make their voices heard on these two important bills by calling the governor’s office at 609-292-6000.