Saturday, July 01, 2006

Jersey Shutdown Looms

From the Star Ledger:

Historic shutdown looms as Trenton budget fight builds

Gov. Jon Corzine prepared to shut down state government starting today, as New Jersey's budget crisis turned into political warfare between the governor and lawmakers in his own party opposed to his plan to increase the sales tax.

Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts denounced Corzine for trying to "strong arm a tax increase upon the citizens of this state," while the governor's top aide accused Roberts of "grandstanding."

Corzine planned to sign an executive order at 9:30 a.m. to begin a phased shutdown of nonessential state operations, including the Lottery, road construction projects and motor vehicle offices, because no spending plan is in place for the budget year that begins today.

It would be the first state government shutdown in New Jersey history.
Corzine chief of staff Tom Shea responded by saying any shutdown would be the result of "the failure of the Legislature to pass a balanced budget."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do we have to throw $.35 in the parkway baskets today?


7/01/2006 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut down welfare and save the taxpayers.

Middle class are getting squeezed while the welfare class spits on you as you goto work and pay for them, and the rich don't care, because they are rich and have the best tax breaks.

NJ and the country are slowly becoming second world countries (not yet third world), due to the disappearance of the middle class.
The only thing the middle class depends on are the credit cards, You take away the credit, this country will be a third world country overnight.

The politicans and the mulinationals screw this state everyday. But hey, we believe in social progression here in NJ right?


7/01/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 7% tax increase is a done deal. Read between the lines.

The fight is whether the monies will go to municipal aid to reduce property taxes thereby eliminating the need for real reform like force merger of public services, and stopping the double dippers (multiple elected office holders) as the assembly wants; or does it goes to pay off NJ State debts and obligations like Governor wants, and forcing real municipal & county government reform.

7/01/2006 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, those are some good points.

7/01/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anybody seen jimmy and his
boyfriend around the plainfield
area? Perhaps their shopping
for furniture.

7/01/2006 07:11:00 PM  

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