As part of the Assembly’s effort to examine the negative impact of Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts to New Jersey’s middle-class and poor, the Assembly Budget Committee will meet next Tuesday to hear testimony on the governor’s cuts to programs that serve children.
“Gov. Christie’s cuts hit working class New Jerseyans hard across the board, but his cuts to vital programs for children are among the harshest anyone has ever seen,” said Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden). “The impact of these cuts demand immediate attention, and we’re committed to trying to find a way to make sure these programs continue to serve children suffering through horrific cases of abuse, illness and poverty.”
According to the release, Christie:
· Eliminated $537,000 for Wynona M. Lipman Child Advocacy Center, which serves abused children.
· Chopped $5 million from child behavioral health services.
· Sliced $7.9 million from the early childhood intervention program that helps children with developmental disabilities.
· Cut $1.5 million for teachers for children who are blind and visually impaired.
· Eliminated $3 million for the successful NJ After 3 child care program for working parents.
· Eliminated language designed to improve services for Head Start programs in suburban and rural school districts.
The Tuesday, July 19 hearing will be held at 10 a.m.