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Enough is Enough. Let's Fix the Transportation Trust Fund Permanently

Enough is Enough. Let's Fix the Transportation Trust Fund Permanently
BY SAL RISALVATO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

I lead an association representing hundreds of the small businesses owners who operate gas stations. I have been involved in the debate over the gas tax for 30 years and have always been a strident opponent of any increase in our state's gas tax. It is a position that has been shared not only by businesses, but the public, most legislators, and governors too.

But the more I analyze the desperate shape our Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) is in, the more I realize that all these years I have railed against increasing the gas tax have meant that I have been a part of the problem. Inflation has eaten away the value of our current gas tax. The situation has been made worse as politicians from both parties increased TTF spending by borrowing the additional revenues beyond what the TTF received in taxes. Now that the bill for that debt is due, there is no solution that does not include more revenue from somewhere. The TTF now spends every penny it receives to pay interest on the money it has borrowed. In fact we will now have to borrow additional funds in order to pay the interest on what we already borrowed!

 

Gov. Christie: We Are A Nation Beset By Anxiety

Gov. Christie: We Are A Nation Beset By Anxiety
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

( The following was part of Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State Address on Jan. 13)

"We are a nation beset by anxiety. And it is understandable. Economic growth is l...

Civics Class: Is This the Time for a Resurrection?

Civics Class: Is This the Time for a Resurrection?
BY TROY SINGLETON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Sometimes a simple test of basic knowledge gives a person insight into whether they know something that most of us would consider obv...

WATCH: NJ Punching Pastor Eric Dammann Preaches Tough Love of Lord (Video)

WATCH: NJ Punching Pastor Eric Dammann Preaches Tough Love of Lord (Video)
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A Hasbrouck Heights pastor believes the members of his congregation should take the Lord seriously. And Rev. Eric Dammann let a young man from Calgary know about it in ...

Promoting Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Promoting Educational Opportunities for Veterans
BY ROBBIE KENNEY
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno yesterday signed a joint resolution sponsored by Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Mary Pat Angelini that desi...

Help Teen Amanda Peacock Go Viral with ‘All About That Safe’ Driving Video

Help Teen Amanda Peacock Go Viral with ‘All About That Safe’ Driving Video
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A south Jersey teenager wants to send a message to teens and other drivers that “it can wait.”

Fifteen-year old Amanda Peacock of Williamstown has found a way to warn ot...

UPDATE: Burlington Reeling from Teen Suicides

UPDATE: Burlington Reeling from Teen Suicides
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Burlington Township High School is asking for support after two of its students committed suicide just after New Year’s.

The Burlington teens were long time friends who ...

12 Ways to Achieve Happiness and Balance in 2015

12 Ways to Achieve Happiness and Balance in 2015
BY DIANE LANG
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

We all want to start the new year off right. We think to ourselves, this will be the year I: lose weight, start exercising, eat better, reconnect with old ...

A New App to Help Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Roads

A New App to Help Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Roads
BY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – The Division of Highway Traffic Safety today urged New Jerseyans planning to drink during their New Year’s Eve celebrations to make sure they ...

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