Now we know most of the budget particulars for FY 2010…
rebates are gone for non-seniors – that’s about a million people for a savings of $900 million. Taxes will go up on people earning over $400 k ( the Corzine admin claims that is just 1% of the population ), and the Guv was forced to scale back his plan to expand Pre-Kindergarten programs.
So how does that shape up? Democratic leaders are arguing that basically it’s pain all around, and no one gets what they want.
But here is the key question since the Dems control the legislature and don’t need Republican votes to pass the budget…are there enough D votes to get this thing through?
Senators Ron Rice, Jeff Van Drew and Joe Vitale all appear to be on the fence. In fact, last week Vitale threatened to vote against the budget unless the Governor maintains funding for Family Care. That’s the program that provides health insurance for the working poor. The budget would keep it flat, in essence cutting the rate of growth and not allowing new enrollment.
But now Vitale says he will not be the one to hold the budget hostage. And as Majority Leader Steve Sweeney told me, in the end, they’ll have the 21 Senate votes needed for passage because no one program should be saved over anyone else’s pet project.
That’s a fair point. I suppose another fair point is that the Dems are not going to embarrass Corzine by voting against his budget in a critical election year…or will they?