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Greenwald Unveils Bill To Overhaul Care For Developmentally Disabled

For Release: January 8, 2009

Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

GREENWALD UNVEILS BILL TO OVERHAUL CARE FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

Measure Would Save Money, Enhance Services by Ending Institutionalization

(TRENTON)—  Standing alongside advocates for the developmentally disabled, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald today unveiled legislation that would radically restructure the way the state cares for individuals with developmental disabilities by refocusing funds from costly institutional care toward community-based services.

The bill (A-3625) aims to reduce the population of New Jersey’s seven developmental centers by 80 percent within five years.

“We need to bring the way we care for the developmentally disabled into the 21st century,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “By investing in community-based programs rather than traditional institutionalized models, we can both save taxpayers money and provide higher-quality care.”

Approximately 2,500 individuals currently reside in one of New Jersey’s seven developmental centers. While this population represents 8 percent of the population served by the state Division of Developmental Disabilities, the centers consume over 30 percent of its $1.4 billion budget. Greenwald's legislation would provide funding for community programs to transfer individuals out of institutions.

Corzine Proposes $2.1 Billion in Cuts

Bergen Record
January 2, 2009
By John Reitmeyer

Governor Corzine now faces a recession-fueled budget hole of $2.1 billion and plans to cut more spending, use surplus funds and hope for help from Washington.

The governor laid out the latest news on the state's fiscal outlook in the context of the faltering economy today. He said the total fallout for New Jersey from the ongoing recession is now pegged at $2.1 billion, up from the last estimate of $1.2 billion. All state revenue sources except for the lottery are down at least 5 percent, he said.

"The pace of fall off in revenues is picking up steam each month," he said.

To dig out of the hole, the state will cut $812 million in spending this fiscal year, with employee salary raises and pension contributions among the items in the crosshairs.

Some aid programs for schools and municipalities will also be curtailed as part of the broader spending cut.
Other programs, such as cancer grants and a new voting system, will also be casualties of the economy, he said.
Corzine, a former Wall Street executive, said he and staff went "literally, line-by-line" in the budget to find places to cut.  More details about cuts will be made public Monday, he said.

 

A New New Deal Could Ignite New Jersey’s Ailing Economy

Asbury Park Press
December 26, 2008
By Louis Greenwald

The fact New Jersey is caught in the throes of an international economic recession is neither escapable nor debatable. New Jerseyans are becoming all too familiar with tighter household budgets and the specter of job loss. On a state level, a precipitous drop-off in revenues threatens the future of the programs many rely on.

To be sure, this recession is not New Jersey's creation, nor can New Jersey solve it all on its own. But there are steps we can and must take to help the state and its residents.

Already, Gov. Jon Corzine and the Legislature have moved together on a number of initiatives to provide direct assistance to the families that need it most, ensure families don't lose their homes to foreclosure and give businesses the tax breaks and incentives they need to stay open.

All are things that need to be done. But we should take a page from history and use this economy as a means to undertake critical projects that can provide jobs in the short-term while building infrastructure that can serve the state for the long term.

In a sense, we may not be at the doorstep of another Great Depression, but there's no reason we should not be embracing another New Deal. Rebuilding roads and bridges and constructing new schools can be the means for creating the leading edge of a recovery.

Governor Corzine Signs Legislation Encouraging Business Growth In NJ

For Release: December 19, 2008

Contact: Robert Corrales, 609-777-2600

GOVERNOR CORZINE SIGNS LEGISLATION ENCOURAGING BUSINESS GROWTH IN NJ

(TRENTON) – Gov. Jon S. Corzine today signed legislation that will make New Jersey more attractive to businesses by reforming the state’s corporate tax law – one of the final facets of the Governor's Economic Assistance and Recovery Plan.

The bill, A-2722/S-3, eliminates the so-called throw-out rule and the regular place of business requirement under state corporate business tax law.

“If we are to maintain and expand the New Jersey economy, we must employ every conceivable tool at our disposal to encourage robust business growth,” Governor Corzine said. “Through the modification and elimination of laws unfriendly to business, it speaks volumes to New Jersey’s commitment to the state’s economy and an open-door policy toward business enterprises in our state.”

Under the throw-out rule, multi-state corporations are assessed corporate income tax liabilities based on an allocation formula that takes into account income from sales that are not taxed by other states.

“Protecting our businesses now will ensure that our economic engine will not stall if the economy continues to worsen,” said Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Middlesex), who introduced the bill in May. “We have to be sure to remove any hurdles that are blocking economic development in these tough times.”

Greenwald, Lampitt Announce $150,000 In Home-Heating Assistance

For Release: December 17, 2008

Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

GREENWALD, LAMPITT ANNOUNCE $150,000
IN HOME-HEATING ASSISTANCE

Sunoco Foundation grant will cover 600 families’ home-heating bills

(PENNSAUKEN)— Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (both D-Camden) yesterday announced a $150,000 grant from the Sunoco Foundation to the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity.  

The grant—given as part of the Foundation’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program—will cover the home-heating bills of approximately 600 low-income families in Camden County.

“I’m proud to stand with the Sunoco Foundation to present this critically needed assistance to South Jersey families,” said Greenwald. “The current economic crisis didn’t start in New Jersey, and it won’t end in New Jersey, but it’s hitting family budgets hard. This grant will provide important help to those who need it most—those who can’t afford their heating bills as we approach the heart of winter.”