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NJ Governor Phil Murphy 2021 Virtual Budget Address at the Trenton War Memorial theater on Feb. 23, 2021. Courtesy Photo New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivers the 2021 virtual budget address at the Trenton War Memorial theater on Feb. 23, 2021. Courtesy photo

In a forward-looking speech that aimed to look beyond the pandemic’s grip while underscoring his prior achievements, Gov. Phil Murphy proposed a fiscal 2022 budget with no new taxes, no NJ Transit fare hike for the fourth year in a row, and lots of help for low- and middle-income families, schools and pensioners.

The governor’s $44.8 billion spending plan takes full advantage of higher-than-expected state revenues nearly one year into the pandemic that upended the state’s finances and residents’ lives.

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Suzette Parmley

Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, Governor, Legislature. She also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and law.com. Suzette joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was a former Trenton Statehouse Correspondent and Business Reporter/Columnist. Awards: 1st Place for 2020 coverage of NJ Supreme Court; 2019 Specialized Writing Category, 5-time winner of the Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association. Graduate of the Fels Center of Government/University of Pennsylvania. Email: [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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