NJ: Budget “cuts” are too late, too little, and don’t “solve” the problem


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Governor Corzine yesterday issued a budget proposal that tinkers around the edges when real solid cuts are needed. While the Corzine proposal requiring unions give up a scheduled pay raise is a good one, the Governor refuses to eliminate any of the thousands of state government bureaucratic fiefdoms that helped (along with the Governor’s own mismanagement and ineptitude) created this budget crisis.

Unfortunately, Corzine refuses to end the mandates on local communities through the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) — the group currently pushing 100,000 Low Income Housing units on every New Jersey town. And Corzine continues to support the Abbott court decision that has led to exploding per pupil costs in (Democrat-run) urban areas as high as $25,000 per student.

Meanwhile, suburban towns have had their state aid nearly eliminated — even though the sales tax and the income tax was sold on Garden State residents as a way to reduce “high property taxes.”

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The State Gooferment politicians should be in jail.

Corzine, the financial genius from Goldman Sachs, earlier said “no problem”. Some genius. Anyone with an IQ higher than a rock knew that the state was out of control.

If a private business didn’t make it’s pension contribution for decades, then the corporate officers would be Bubba’s girlfriend.

But the State can just ignore it. And the State Workers’ Union is in the bag going along with it. Bubba should have them as well.

And, state pensions shouldn’t be for anyone who makes more than 75k. Or, any political appointee.


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