Saturday, November 27, 2010
The Daily Princetonian: State Assembly votes to restore family planning funding, by Daniel Santoro:
The New Jersey State Assembly approved a bill to restore $5 million in funding for family-planning clinics on Monday. The bill passed by a vote of 44-25 with 10 abstentions.
The measure came after Republican Gov. Chris Christie eliminated the $7.5 million budget to support the clinics, which provided care to more than 100,000 patients across the state in 2009. Roughly 25 percent of the clinics’ budgets come from state funds, and many have been forced to reduce hours or shut down.
Since the vote fell 10 votes short of the 54-vote threshold needed to override a veto by the governor, Christie is expected to fight the plan. . . .