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Funding teachers, police and firefighters with war makes for odd bedfellows

Funding teachers, police and firefighters with war makes for odd bedfellows
BY SUSAN SHAER
COMMENTARY

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped one trillion dollars. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the Senate that will add $37 billion more, plus some other odd bedfellows.

This so-called supplemental allows other "emergency" spending issues to be added; Members of Congress know it cannot fail because it's for the wars. Up for consideration is millions for the Gulf Coast oil spill response and billions to keep teachers, police and firefighters on the job as communities dig out of the recession. Oh, and $9 billion in loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors.

Wouldn't you love to see all these items separated? Wouldn't you love to know how your elected representatives would vote on the wars, the oil spill response, teachers, police and fire, and also nuclear reactor loan guarantees? These are separate issues with different values attached.

 

Chris Christie’s N.J. property tax cap proposal: A political masterstroke by the Governor

Chris Christie’s N.J. property tax cap proposal: A political masterstroke by the Governor
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

I have served in the administration of one governor of New Jersey and have closely observed all other governors from Brendan Byrne up to the present....

Christie can cut billions more from N.J. budget if he really believes in limited government

Christie can cut billions more from N.J. budget if he really believes in limited government
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie's first budget was passed by the Legislature before the June 30th deadline, but not before three Republican holdouts, Michael Doherty in the Senate and Alli...

N.J. civil service rules make a streamlined government almost impossible to achieve

N.J. civil service rules make a streamlined government almost impossible to achieve
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

"We the people" can amend our Constitution — our basic framework of civil rights and self-government — but we cannot rescind a personnel policy decision made decade...

Legal costs are an issue for N.J. school budgets

Legal costs are an issue for N.J. school budgets
BY MARCUS RAYNER
COMMENTARY

In recent months, school funding has been hotly debated by many sides. And the most infamous school litigation of the past two decades, Abbott vs. Burke, is routinely invoked...

Gutting N.J. civil service rights would open state to ravages of patronage and corruption

Gutting N.J. civil service rights would open state to ravages of patronage and corruption
BY EVELYN LIEBMAN
COMMENTARY

Imagine if every time a newly elected mayor, county executive or governor was elected, he or she could snap their fingers, get rid of all of the people providing public serv...

Ingrid Reed: Public deserves praise for involvement in New Jersey’s budget discussion

Ingrid Reed: Public deserves praise for involvement in New Jersey’s budget discussion
BY INGRID REED
COMMENTARY

I doubt that there will be more than a few gatherings around the pool and or by the grill where friends and neighbors will be speculating if we really will have a state budget ...

Why is the N.J. DEP supporting the interests of polluters over oyster restoration?

Why is the N.J. DEP supporting the interests of polluters over oyster restoration?
BY ANDREW WILLNER
COMMENTARY

The recent pronouncement by Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, that may end more than a decade's worth of oyster research, restora...

Forget Christie’s cap, we need to reduce N.J. property taxes

Forget Christie’s cap, we need to reduce N.J. property taxes
BY REED GUSCIORA
COMMENTARY

After slashing aid to municipalities by $445 million, Gov. Chris Christie has offered them "tool kits" to cushion the blow of expected property-tax increases. A "tool kit," h...

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