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New Jersey Budget Problems

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Barbara Buono, State Senator from New Jersey's 18th district as well as chair of the Senate's Budget and Appropriations committee, and Joseph Malone, Republican Assemblyman of New Jersey's 30th district as well as ranking Republican on the Assembly's Budget committee, discuss how New Jersey is reacting to its fiscal crisis.

Guests:

Barbara Buono and Joseph Malone

Comments [14]

Lisa Smith from Huntington, NY

The poor economic climate has had a way of pulling people together. Similar to what happened for a short time after Sept 11th, the vibe among people is a "we are in this togetherness" which for some reason seems only possible in times of difficulty. People are realizing what is important and what is not. Things are simplifying. It is the silver lining in the darkness of all of this that is a truly powerful feeling that makes me proud to be living in this time. If only we could hold on to this feeling when times are good.

Feb. 12 2009 10:37 AM
hjs from 11211

many towns in NJ were formed by making the white part of town free from the black parts of town. so 2 towns, 2 mayors 2 police departments etc where there should be 1.

Jan. 07 2009 11:11 AM
Johnny S from Cranford

NJ spends more on administrative (non-classroom) costs than any other state.

Jan. 07 2009 11:05 AM
Leo from queens, NY

"Get rid of the RACE BASED municipalities?" Can you explain yourself? - IS this the process in NJ where many communities push poor people to other municipalities by not building low income houses in their communities and paying other municipalities, such as Trenton, to build low income and elderly housing there so they can remain 'homogeneous'?
Not sure what you mean?

Jan. 07 2009 11:05 AM
hjs from 11211


our students already score lower than students in other nations that we compete against.
i doubt education spending is where the problem is.

Jan. 07 2009 11:01 AM
LJM from Morristown, NJ

The state budget is approx $33 mil. and the Education budget is approx $11 mil.. This year we have budgeted a 5.4% increase in education spending while the overall budget has declined. Spending on Education needs to be cut and a strategic plan needs to be put in place to control the unabated increases that have burdened property taxpayers for many years.

Jan. 07 2009 10:48 AM
steve from hoboken

How interesting that Gov. Corzine makes his home in Hoboken which has become the poster child for out of control spending. Police horses, a discredited SWAT team, top heavy government and educational systems have resulted in a 47% tax increase (no typo!). In other municipalities it would have caused an out roar but in a town full of transient, mostly young, residents it seems to go unnoticed. Unbelievable!

Steve

Jan. 07 2009 10:47 AM
hjs from 11211

would do counties do any way?

Jan. 07 2009 10:47 AM
hjs from 11211

if municipalities and the public won't merge then they should not get the state aid, let the property taxes pay for these mini-towns

Jan. 07 2009 10:45 AM
Joe from Union County

I have been upset over the past few years about my UNION COUNTY taxes. My county taxes match my municipality taxes and I think that this is an outrage. Just this past summer they wasted thousands of dollars for a free concert with big name bands that had gotten rained out.

Jan. 07 2009 10:43 AM
Johnny S from Cranford

We Jerseyans love to complain about property taxes but we get more upset when services are cut. Want to save some money? Dramatically consolidate the 350-odd school districts so there are only 1 or 2 in each county, making about 40. Make it too expensive for municipalities of under 10,000 to exist and force them to merge, cutting administrative costs.

Jan. 07 2009 10:42 AM
pordy from Florham Park, NJ

Signs of bad economy around here? The stay at home moms with live in nanny's now buy *grande* lattes to drink while driving their *hybrid* Escalades.

Jan. 07 2009 10:42 AM
EM from nj

616 school districts in a state the size of NJ is ridiculous. People are leaving the state because of the property taxes which are driven in large part by school costs.

Jan. 07 2009 10:41 AM
hjs from 11211

maybe to save money NJ could get rid of a few of the race based municipalities. also the state could take over all the schools and fire 90% the administrators and paper pushers.

Jan. 07 2009 10:27 AM

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