The New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight to preserve programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Senator Ron Rice is chairman of the Black Caucus. He says its 15 members understand the need to control state spending but will push to restore funds for programs to help those most in need.
Our members see our seniors and disabled citizens, our youth, the unemployed, and our homeless population as the most vulnerable victims of the governor’s budget proposal. When we talk about shared sacrifice this population does not have anything to share.
The Black Caucus is proposing $85-million be restored in the budget for a variety of things including after-school programs, care for people with developmental disabilities, and monthly general assistance checks for low income residents.