NJ Agriculture budget to increase

April 26, 2009 8:28:15 AM PDT
Gov. Jon S. Corzine wants sweeping budget cuts because of the recession, but one agency could have more money to deal with the downturn. The state Department of Agriculture has a proposed budget of nearly $25 million for the fiscal year starting July 1, a nearly 10 percent jump over its current spending plan. The new money would go toward hunger and school lunch programs.

The governor's proposal says that because of the soured economy, more students may want free or low-cost lunches, and food banks might expand.

The spending plan will be discussed Monday at a Senate budget hearing.

Corzine tried to eliminate the Agriculture Department last year as way to save money, but the plan was eventually shelved.


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