NJ Gov. To Sign Budget, Without Expanded Millionaires' Tax

By Matthew Nesto (June 27, 2019, 6:54 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday he will sign a spending package before the July 1 deadline — without an expanded millionaires' tax — eliminating speculation that a budget impasse could trigger a state government shutdown.

Murphy's reassurance came during his sixth press conference in the past seven days, in which the first-term Democrat has railed against the Legislature's version of the budget that excluded his calls for an expanded millionaires' tax, a $150-per-employee health care head tax on corporations, and a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors.

"I can't play politics with innocent lives in this state," Murphy announced at the...

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