Tuesday, May 24, 2011
New Jersey Senate Fighting to Restore Funding for Family Planning
The Star-Ledger: N.J. Senate passes bill to restore $7.45M in funding to family planning centers, by Matt Friedman:
The state Senate has passed a bill to restore $7.45 million in funding for family planning centers that Gov. Chris Christie cut last year.
The legislation (S2899) seeks to take advantage of an unexpected state revenue boost estimated between $511 million and $913 million. Introduced last week and put on the fast track to passage, the bill cleared the Senate 26 to 13 – just one vote short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn a potential veto by Christie.
“We are in the second decade of the 21st century, and the fight over poor women’s access to birth control I thought was finished,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). . . .