That’s the best I can say for this $32.5 billion FY 2015 budget signed by Governor Christie after hours on Monday evening.
Yes, it’s a little bit leaner than last year’s. He did cut $1 billion from the legislature’s proposal including $7.5 million for “family planning” services; the pension system nevertheless remains underfunded despite the Governor’s record payment, and we’re still spending WAAAAY too much money.
How much? A paper trail of what went down:
(3) Veto: 15% Business surtax (A3484)
(4) Veto: Pension quarterly payment bill (S2265)
(5) Veto: Millionaire’s tax (A3485)
What else can be said? That we haven’t said 1,000 times before?
Only this: “While we see vetoed taxes and line item vetoes to strip out the spending fueled by these tax hikes, residents of New Jersey should not be fooled” AFP-NJ’s Daryn Iwicki lamented in a released statement. “Our budget is still bloated and filled with goodies for all kinds of special interests. Our New Jersey budget will be $4 billion more than what Pennsylvania passed this year—a state which is much larger than ours both land area and population and they spend $4 billion less.”
See ya next year, Save Jerseyans.