NJ Lawmakers Wants To Cut Rebate For Some Seniors — Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — One New Jersey lawmaker wants to temporarily cut property tax rebates for some senior citizens to fund health care for the working poor and disabled.

Sen. Joseph Vitale would target roughly 35,200 senior citizens who earned between $100,000 and $150,000 last year. They received $763 rebates.

The Middlesex County Democrat says his maneuver would save nearly $16 million and provide funding for an estimated 17,000 working-poor families to enroll in the state's FamilyCare health insurance program.

Vitale also says his plan would avert increases in prescription co-pays for the disabled and HIV patients.

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