In the State:
Well, February 2nd came and went and Punxsutawney Phil, that famous little Groundhog, saw his shadow – meaning we have to endure six more weeks of winter. But what of Trenton Phil, our illustrious Governor, who saw his shadow? For us New Jerseyans, it means we are in for more taxing and spending here in the Garden State.
Just to compare, four years ago New Jersey’s annual budget was in the $34 billion dollar range. Today, under Governor Phil’s shadow, our annual budget has grown to close to $44 billion. Now that is a substantial increase over just four years, so what are we in for over his next four years? Time will tell!
While we normally do not take a position on tax and spending issues, there is one which greatly disturbs us – the funding that Planned Parenthood of New Jersey receives. Under the previous administration, Planned Parenthood lost its annual funding of $7.5 million for four years, thanks to Gov. Chris Christie. Under Gov. Murphy’s administration, the funding was restored to Planned Parenthood – $7.45 million plus an extra $9.5 million, giving the abortion provider close to $17 million in annual funding.
Now, after sneaking through the so called “Reproductive Freedom Act” in the last hours of the lame duck session, the State of New Jersey will be paying for abortions and seeking to force all insurance carriers to do the same for anyone in the state, citizen or non-citizen.
In fact, the language in the bill states this: “Every individual present in the State, including, but not limited to, an individual who is under State control or supervision, shall have the right to: choose or refuse contraception or sterilization; and choose whether to carry a pregnancy, to give birth, or to terminate a pregnancy.”
Stay connected … this battle is not over. Though it is an uphill battle, we will continue to engage and attempt to put restrictions in place. Is it a worthy cause? An emphatic YES!
In the Nation:
Another important case on Religious Freedom is going to the US Supreme Court. Coach Joe Kennedy, who is a former Marine, served multiple years as an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington state. Kennedy began coaching in 2008, and then in 2015, the Bremerton School District placed him on paid administrative leave, which resulted in Coach Kennedy’s absence from coaching football since that time. His crime? Praying on the football field! More to come involving our work on this – stay tuned!
Yours for the Family,