Murphy, lawmakers still ‘talking’ as budget deadline nears

In New Jersey, several Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a state identification card for those lacking the personal documents required to get a federally compliant driver’s license. (WHYY file photo)

In New Jersey, several Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a state identification card for those lacking the personal documents required to get a federally compliant driver’s license. (WHYY file photo)

New Jersey’s Senate President says lawmakers are still “talking” with Gov. Phil Murphy ahead of a looming budget deadline.

Steve Sweeney came out Friday from talks at the governor’s Trenton office and said only that discussions were continuing. He says talks will resume later in the day.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin also attended the meeting.

The biggest disagreement is over how to pay for a nearly $37 billion budget.

Murphy wants a hike on taxes on people earning more than $1 million. Sweeney and Coughlin instead called for raising taxes on high-earning businesses.

Offers shuttled back and forth this week, but so far there’s been no deal.

Outside lawmakers’ offices, Communication Workers of America members backed Murphy’s budget with signs and slogans.

A balanced budget must be in place by Saturday.

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