Gov. Phil Murphy revealed a $32.4 billion budget proposal to cover the next nine months of spending. The first version of Murphy’s budget blueprint was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the second draft is hitting a lot of the same notes as the first. It including tax hikes on millionaires, gun owners and cigarettes, which Murphy says are all needed because of increased demand on the government and shrinking resources.
The state is shrinking the coronavirus quarantine travel advisory list for the first time in roughly two months by removing Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana. Guam is being added to the list requiring self-quarantine.
Tuesday state health leaders announced 346 new positive cases, pushing the cumulative total to 190,021. With five new confirmed deaths the state now have a statewide total of 15,953 confirmed and probable fatalities. The rate of transmission remains steady under 1.0.