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Corzine urges state to participate in census by ProQuest


The funds are critical for supporting hospitals, schools, transportation and social services, [Jon S. Corzine] said. Census results also are used to apportion seats in the U.S.

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                                               ment added that the governor “sup-           census, noting that the results will be    two years, which will expand servic-
Governor: Licenses for                         ports allowing all resident children         used to distribute more than $300 bil-     es to low-income residents, Gov. Jon
illegals ‘problematic’                         in New Jersey the opportunity to             lion dollars in federal funds each year    S. Corzine announced last week.
                                               attend college at the in-state               to states and communities.                       “These funds will ensure that            “The ability to
Gov. Jon S.Corzine last week used the          [tuition] rate.” Some of the other rec-            The funds are critical for sup-      New Jersey’s health care safety net
word “problematic” when responding             ommendations in the report include           porting hospitals, schools, trans-         remains strong during this economic       appreciate the arts is
to the idea of allowing illegal immi-          creating a commission to oversee             portation and social services,             crisis,” he said. “As more New Jersey        going to come as
grants to get driver’s licenses, or so-        immigrant issues; and establishing           Corzine said. Census results also are      residents lose their health insurance,    little consolation to a
called “driver privilege cards.”               guidelines to help define how the            used to apportion seats in the U.S.        they will turn to our community
      Corzine’s statement came in              state will communicate with those            House of Representatives and to            health centers for care. It is reassur-      child who doesn’t
response to a report by the Governor’s         with limited English proficiency.            redraw the boundaries of state leg-        ing to know that the federal govern-         receive adequate
Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immi-                  The Blue Ribbon Panel on               islative districts, congressional dis-     ment is a true health care partner."          health coverage,
grant Policy, which recommended                Immigrant Policy, headed by Public           tricts and some voting districts.                The state’s network of 20 com-
driver’s licenses for the undocument-          Advocate Ronald Chen, was created                  Standing with leaders of the         munity health centers — with a total        doesn’t have a safe
ed and in-state college rates for for-         in August 2007. The panel examined           State League of Municipalities,            of 91 sites — provides primary and         place to grow up or
eign-born New Jersey students.                 areas important to New Jersey’s              Corzine announced a one-year               preventive health care to patients              doesn’t get a
      “There are some recommenda-              immigrant population, including              countdown to the 2010 Census. The          who are either uninsured, enrolled
tions, no matter how well inten-               education, citizenship status, civil         U.S. Census Bureau will begin its          in FamilyCare or recipients of Med-         proper education.”
tioned, that cannot be accomplished            rights, fair housing, health care, lan-      decennial nationwide headcount             icaid and Medicare. More than
without a comprehensive policy at              guage proficiency, and employment            April 1. – Scott Goldstein                 300,000 patients received care in           State Sen. Joseph F.
the federal level, and drivers’ licenses       and work force training. – Scott Goldstein                                              community health centers last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Vitale (D-Woodbridge),
for the undocumented is one of                                                                                                               “These expansion dollars will
them,” he said. “This is a tremendous-
                                                                                            Health centers to get                      help to increase services, open     
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