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Democrats Renew Push For Women’s Health Funding In New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic senators are renewing a push to restore $7.5 million for New Jersey women’s health clinics that was cut from last year’s state budget.

The new effort comes as officials report that state tax revenues are higher than expected.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he’ll schedule a floor vote Monday on a bill to restore $7.5 million for 58 women’s health clinics.

Democratic Sen. Loretta Weinberg is the bill’s sponsor. She says six clinics have closed and others have slashed their hours since Gov. Chris Christie eliminated their state funding, citing the state’s fiscal crisis.

The Legislature’s budget office says income tax collections are projected to exceed original estimates by more than $900 million over the next two years. The state treasurer pegs the figure at closer to $500 million.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)