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Opinion

N.J. tax cap costs too much

N.J. tax cap costs too much
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Governor and Legislature are pushing a 2 percent tax cap as a way to deal with the state's soaring property taxes. However, a constitutional cap is not the answer to New Jersey's exorbitant taxes. Such a cap would be too absolute and inflexible and may pose a threat to our state's open space.

New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation. Instead of establishing a long term solution to this problem, Governor Christie and the legislature are merely rushing to come up with a solution. But the solution being pushed will have negative consequences for the people of New Jersey.

Instead of rushing to implement a cap, the Sierra Club supports comprehensive reform that will ease the financial burden for homeowners in New Jersey and will allow our economy to thrive.

A tax cap would have many negative side affects. In addition to compromising our open space, it will drive municipalities will seek creative ways of getting around the cap, creating additional consequences like increased debt, a reduction in services, and a potential for privatization of municipal service.

 

A liberal education is essential in helping the U.S. remain a beacon of democracy

A liberal education is essential in helping the U.S. remain a beacon of democracy
BY PAUL R. SHELLY
COMMENTARY

The ironies of modern life in the United States, and our need to make sense of them, or alter them, to me, are among the best reasons why college-level, liberal education is...

Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?

Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

One of the hardest things for a president to do is to stay in touch with the concerns of everyday folk. It's just the nature of holding a public office, but there are certa...

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Driver safety. Passenger safety. Pedestrian safety.

For those of us in the transportation business, these are our guiding imperatives. For those of us with children, these a...

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Recently, The Record of Hackensack reviewed Governor Christie's first six months in office. Reporter John Reitmeyer reviewed the governor's promises kept and promises not m...

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy
BY LOU GREENWALD
COMMENTARY

The facts are simple.

Home sales in New Jersey fell 23 percent in May and 27 percent in June. Those numbers are even scarier considering those are typically busy times for the...

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The Corzine-Katz e-mails (former Gov. Jon and former public employee union leader Carla) are finally out and they reveal — drum roll, please — absolutely n...

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Blame Wikileaks if you must about the 92,000 documents they obtained about the war in Afghanistan, but something is really amiss at the Pentagon. Th...

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Numbers matter. Poll results, budget deficits, health statistics. Attach a number to any issue and it becomes reality. But sometimes a reality check is in order.

When this...

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