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N.J. Groups To Critique Bush Budget

CourierPostOnline — Tuesday, March 6, 2007

By RAJU CHEBIUM
Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON — A coalition of New Jersey groups on Wednesday will critique President Bush's $2.9 trillion budget for next year. Groups led by New Jersey Citizen Action say the budget would hurt low- and middle-income New Jerseyans. In a telephonic briefing, they plan to release statistics and other data detailing how and kickoff a campaign to pass what they call a "moral and just" federal budget.

Congressional Democrats say Bush's proposals would cut money for homeland-security grants, eliminate college Perkins Loans and scale back home-heating assistance used by 165,000 Garden State residents to pay for costly tax cuts. But Republicans argue extending the tax cuts like Bush wants would improve the economy and put more money into the pockets of New Jerseyans, in addition to making the nation safer by investing heavily in security and the military.

The budget is far from final. Congress, which controls the federal purse strings, will substantially rewrite it over the next many months.

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