ACNJ promotes family economic success through budget advocacy on the state and federal levels. Each year, ACNJ examines the governor’s spending plan to identify the proposed budget’s potential impact on New Jersey’s children and families. Throughout the budget process, we alert our network of thousands of supporters to proposed changes, encouraging them to urge state leaders to invest in children and families. When children and families thrive, our schools, communities and the state as a whole benefits.
There is good news in the F,Y 2019 state budget for children and families. In brief, the FY2019 budget includes more aid for public schools, expansion of preschool, an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a new child care and dependent tax credit, funding for child nutrition programs and more. Read more details.
Even though the new budget includes plenty of good news, funding to increase access to quality child care is absent from the budget, leaving a critical need for low-income working families unaddressed. (Updated July 2, 2018)