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John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, reviews the highlights from yesterday's State of the State address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Christie is a real nightmare for lowXincome people which the EITC and tax cut will not address. He has cut programs and access to benefits like NJ Familycare - health care ~ for parents. And SLASHED funding massively to Legal Services of New Jersey who represent low income folks in civil matters (like benefits) they have lost HALF their staff in the last year.
Hearing Governor Christie talk this way reminds me of the difficulties we faced as a Nation under the Articles of Confederation. We had difficulty in international trade and relations because the various states would undercut the Union for short term gain. It was also necessary to put forward a unified front when negotiating treaties and alliances.
I hypothesis this kind of competition between states will similarly undermine efforts to "get the country back on track."
Isn't this what the last Gov. 'Chrisie' Whitman promised, and did?
and, then the people of NJ had to pay out even more because she just took it out of school support and other state programs that prompted a tax increase on real taxes?
Gee Brian -Are you proposing that all persons be forced to justify their last $1000.00 of income or forfeit it to the State?How egalitarian!http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2012/01/i-know-the-feeling.html
So the $50k earner can take his $80 tax cut and take the family to dinner and the movies one night. The millionaire can take his $7000 tax cut and take the family to Europe or Hawaii for a week. Looks balanced to me.
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