Sunday, June 25, 2006

Where are they getting the money?

From the Star Ledger:

State, local government jobs jumped since 2000
In N.J., the private sector stayed flat, analysis shows
BY STEVE CHAMBERS AND ROBERT GEBELOFF

New Jersey added 59,400 state and local-government jobs in the first half of this decade, even as private-sector employment was flat, a Star-Ledger analysis has found.

The 11 percent increase in government jobs -- driven largely by ballooning education payrolls -- outpaced population growth and came at a time of rising anger over skyrocketing property taxes.

"It's an incredible number that leaves private businessmen and taxpayers scratching their heads and saying, 'How is this possible?'" said Philip Kirschner, president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. "The economy is the same for all of us, so where are the public entities getting the money? We all know the answer to that question."

It is a basic rule of economics that private-sector jobs pay the bills that government jobs produce, which explains why New Jersey is suffering from huge budget gaps and soaring property taxes, experts said. In 2005, there were almost 580,000 state and local-government jobs.

"It's probably the best indicator of why we have a property tax problem," said James Hughes, a Rutgers University dean who often writes about the regional economy. "It relates to the expenditure side of the equation."

The issue of taxation -- and voter anger -- will be center stage this week in Trenton, as lawmakers and Gov. Jon Corzine wrestle over the best way to balance the budget. It also will be the subject of a summer session targeting rising property taxes.
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School districts statewide added 15,417 teachers, 860 administrators and 2,902 other certified personnel between 2000 and 2005. They also hired another 14,485 noncertified employees, a broad category that includes everything from custodians to teachers aides.

That means schools added 33,664 new jobs at a time when statewide enrollment grew by just 101,605 children -- one new employee for every three new students.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Corzine on the news the other night at a union rally acting more like a union boss than a governor faced with a budget crisis with some tough decisions ahead. It gave me a kind of a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. We have no checks and balances in this state. The fox is running the henhouse.

It might just be time to get out.

6/25/2006 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Metroplexual said...

Just like at the federal level. I saw` this guy speak and was not impressed, incoherent non sequitor crap. He must be an egghead number cruncher to make the money he did on Wall Street. Certainly not political material, I mean did you see how he backpeddaled on selfserve gas in the state.

6/25/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an old ex-political hack myself " I confess -Mea culpa" . One of the dirty secret of political patronage is the Board of Education -because of "the children".

Go to any town that has a reputation for political chicanery, and the Bd of Education will be full of hack jobs. These are not teaching jobs, but administration related positions.

In theory the "Abbott" districts are a great idea, but unfortunately with the cynical vultures that run those Abbott districts they become slush fund/patronage areas for the local machine.

A good place to check out -Union City. It's an Abbott district, the "boss" now is getting rid of teachers, because of money; but the non-certified positions are incredibly high for what it needs, and they are not being touch. They eminent domain an incredible amount of property to build schools, some of the property belongs to a commissioner's brother - who bought it and fix it up, right before the annoucement (a State investigation is in process)

The second place for hacks is the Parking Authority -If you see a town with it - Is a guarantee hack shop.

6/25/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

corzine, he was banging katz,
so what do you expect. the guys
shameless.

6/25/2006 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just allow school vouchers and let parents to decide whether they put their kids into mob-run public school or private school. This will cut education jobs and costs by 50%.

Of course, this will never happen since teacher union/mob controls NJ. Thank god I don't live in NJ. I live in NYC (which is bad but nothing compared to NJ - at least until dems get control of city hall in 2009, but then I have hopefully moved out of NY region).

6/25/2006 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are very quick to blame teachers for the rising property taxes when in actuality it is the bloated school bureaucracies with patronage jobs and ridiculous salaries. Don't blame a teacher who makes $45,000 a year and works hard educating children, blame the administrators/office workers who are making well over $100,000 in their patronage jobs. If most of these jobs were cut, the savings to the taxpayers would be substantial.

6/25/2006 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

Agree with Anon 10:35. Oradell has a superintendant and a principal and the town only has one grammar school and shares a middle and high school with River Edge, separate system.

They put a brand new roof on the school about 6 years ago and when it sprang a leak, instead of just fixing it, the board tried to authorize another brand new roof. Crony capitalism at its finest.

6/25/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NJ government is out of control, taking an ever bigger piece of the pie. Governments need to live within their means, just as its citizens should do. Unfortunately neither is true at this point in time.

Looking ahead, NJ just seems so unattractive with outrageous property taxes, and the pending raises in many other taxes and fees. NJ government shortfalls are bound to continue to worsen as housing and the economy slow, demanding ever increasing "contributions" by NJ residents.

I've cashed out, sold my house and am renting. I am now inclined to look outside of NJ, I can work anywhere over the internet.

On that note, I would like to ask you fellow blog readers

"What would be your favorite place to live outside of NJ"

6/25/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger RentinginNJ said...

"What would be your favorite place to live outside of NJ"

My wife and I will be visiting Raleigh/Cary NC over Labor Day weekend. My friend is there now touring the area and is very impressed. My friend says that if we (my wife and I) go, he and his wife will definitely move there as well. $300k gets you a beautiful home in a nice community down there that I could be happy in for many many years.

6/25/2006 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After NJ,any of the coastal communities between Wilmington, NC and the border with SC. Seawatch, Seascape, Ocean Ridge, Southport,Holden Beach,Oak Isle, etc.

6/26/2006 04:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurricane Damaged Gulf Coast Region Reels as Mounting Debts Increase





"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosure moratorium deadline approaches - August 31st. Many homeowners hardest hit brace to determine options in a devastated real estate market. Real estate investors preparing to come to the region."

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/6/prweb403373.htm

Rentinginnj , you might get a nice Southern place if you wait until 8/31.

Pat

6/26/2006 05:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe you won't have to move.

Just have some cash and go to the courthouse. Apparently foreclosure sales are not so profitable for flippers anymore:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/classifieds/real_estate/14893575.htm?source=rss

6/26/2006 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous UnRealtor said...

Raleigh is over a hundred miles inland, it's not normally affected by hurricanes:

http://tinyurl.com/ggy2e

6/26/2006 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the tristae area.. Fairfield CT... The taxes are low and the schools are excellent.. Would have moved there myself but they don't have an international airport yet.

6/26/2006 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger delford said...

Ridgefiedl CT. Some of the best schools in the country, low taxes, and liitle to no sprawl. Its what many NJ towns pretend to be.

6/26/2006 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

i'd move to NYC on central park west and get a nice 4 bedroom pre-war overlooking the park and send my kids to private school. hey if you have the money who can beat that?

6/26/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK.. If I had the money it would be a horse farm in Montana...

6/26/2006 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we could EVER convince Grandma to sell her place in Orange County and come with us, we'd move to ....

Just ain't gonna happen, so I'm not even teasing myself by thinking about it.

6/26/2006 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

Favorite place to live outside NJ?

Krakow, PL

grim

6/26/2006 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Government still has not realized that its needs businesses, not the other way around.

6/26/2006 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger X-Underwriter said...

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6/26/2006 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger X-Underwriter said...

Raleigh is over a hundred miles inland, it's not normally affected by hurricanes:

Anybody have any experience with finding a job and relocating to that area? Every time I look at Monster there arent' that many opportunities. The press keeps raving about the availability of jobs but I'm getting the impression that it's not as big as the hype you hear

6/26/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the people who put Corzine and the rest of these liberal turnips in office I have but one thing to say, you get what you vote for.

6/26/2006 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grim,

I like Sopot, PL better....

Andy

6/26/2006 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm seriously considering leaving NJ myself. I would like to move to Virginia -reasonable taxes there.

6/27/2006 07:32:00 PM  

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