Friday, June 06, 2008

Beck, O'Scanlon, Casagrande to Dems: 'We're here to help'


June 3, 2008

Contact: Tom Fitzsimmons
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Twelfth District legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, responding to news reports that Democrats were unable to agree on Gov. Corzine's budget, on June 3, sent a letter asking reform-minded Democrats to work with Senate and Assembly Republicans to pass a "reform coalition budget" combining elements of the Governor's plan and the Republican alternative plan unveiled last Thursday.

"There are 31 Assembly Republicans and 17 Senate Republicans who suport the Republican alternative plan we put out last Thursday," said Casagrande, "and from the sound of it, seems like there are a few Democrats who are on board with some of the reforms we suggested. Maybe it's time for a reform coalition of like-minded legislators from both parties to meet in the middle and pass a budget that reflects the true priorities of a majority of New Jerseyans."

Assuming all Republicans voted for the coalition budget, it would require only 10 Assembly Democrats and four Senate Democrats to vote for the compromise plan for it to pass.

1 comment:


It would be great to see this kind of resolve in Trenton to get things done from everyone in both parties.

Assemblyman O'Scanlon, his colleague Assemblywoman Casagrande and Sen. Beck are in the legislative delegation that represents my part of Monmouth. Good to know they are trying to find answers in Trenton.