- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on New Jersey’s budget (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The New Jersey’s Democrat-majority Legislature advanced a $34.8 billion budget proposal, just $300 million over what Republican Gov. Chris Christie is calling for in 2017.

The Assembly and Senate budget committees approved the plan Thursday. The measure now goes to the full chambers.

The fiscal year ends June 30, when the state is required to have a balanced budget in place for the next fiscal year.

Among the changes are an increase of $45 million for a property tax program that benefits older residents and $25 million for charity care.

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1:50 p.m.

Democrats who control New Jersey’s Legislature unveiled a $34.8 billion budget, just $300 million over what Republican Gov. Chris Christie is calling for in 2017.

The Democrat-led Assembly Budget Committee approved the plan on Thursday. The Senate is also set to consider the measure.

Among the changes are an increase of $45 million for a property tax program that benefits older residents and $25 million for charity care.

The constitution requires a balanced budget, and lawmakers face a July 1 deadline when the new fiscal year begins.

Christie’s 2017 budget has been less contentious than previous years’ plans, but Democrats took issue with the governor’s calls for cuts to pensioners’ health benefits.

Democrats are not requiring in those cuts in their plan, only saying the costs may be reviewed.

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