Few fans for New Jersey's recession budget

June 25, 2009 6:48:00 AM PDT
Many homeowners in New Jersey are losing their homestead rebate checks. Swimmers have less time to take a dip in a south Jersey lake. Garbage, brush and grass clippings will be picked up less frequently.

Stressed out and looking for an escape? It will even cost more to get drunk.

While the Corzine administration is promoting the $29 billion state budget that lawmakers are expected to pass Thursday, very few New Jerseyans are happy about it.

The governor says the recession has forced the state to make difficult choices. He points out that until a tax amnesty brought in hundreds of millions more than expected, things would have been even worse.

But municipal aid cuts, higher liquor taxes and vanishing rebate checks are part of the plan.

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