TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy held a press conference on Tuesday to bemoan the Legislature’s failure to include a tax on pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and distribute opioids in the state budget they passed last week.

A vocal opponent to the measure, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz called Murphy’s continued demand for the tax on people’s prescription medication ‘immoral, irresponsible and ineffective.’

“I can’t believe Murphy held up finalizing a state budget for six days just so he could keep pushing his plan to tax patients in pain,” Munoz (R-Union) said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no connection between increasing the price of legal opioids, which are used for legitimate pain patients, and decreasing the opioid crisis. There is nothing fair about a tax that will be passed down to patients who need this medicine. We shouldn’t be taxing a legal medication with false promises – it’s immoral, irresponsible and totally ineffective.”

In Gov. Murphy’s proposed budget, he projected $21.5 million in revenue from the tax. During a budget hearing in May, Munoz questioned why the Murphy administration continues to propose taxing patient’s prescription medication.

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