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Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. on Democrat Attempts to Saddle Taxpayers With Nearly $900 Million in Additional Spending

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Remarks as delivered to the press July 11, 2011:

We are here for one reason and one reason only- the Democratic Majority saw more value in passing a political, election-year budget that was illegal and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced than in negotiating a budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans.

And so today’s override votes are really worse than political theater- they’re offensive. They had the chance do to this properly by negotiating a budget- and they deliberately chose not to.

In our books, when you pass a budget that is nearly $1 billion out of balance, you lose the moral grounds to gripe and complain about what the Governor had to cut to make the books balance.

And when you post a board list that spends more money than the little surplus we have for a rainy day, that’s outright irresponsible.

Today’s override session isn’t about public policy- it’s about glossy “gotcha” mailers and TV ads for the fall campaign.

So we are here to tell you that a united Republican caucus is not going to fall for the Majority’s political games.

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