Democrats urge wait-and-see approach to Murphy's budget

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats aren't cheering Gov. Phil Murphy's new budget proposal that includes higher taxes and more money for education.

The Democrat unveiled the $37.4 billion spending blueprint Tuesday and defended it Wednesday during a WNYC radio show.

The plan increases education and pension payment spending. It pays for the increases by raising income taxes on millionaires and hiking the sales tax. The plan also relies on $60 million in anticipated revenue from marijuana legalization.

The proposal largely reflects what Murphy campaigned on, backed by the Democratic establishment.

But the Democrat-led Legislature was tepid in response, specifically on the millionaire's tax.

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says it would be "irresponsible" to have a kneejerk. He says the proposal needs to be reviewed in light of the 2017 federal tax law.

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