With dismal revenue predictions for the state now capturing the headlines, the focus appears to be shifting to the unpopular subject of budget cuts.
Republicans legislators should be happy. They claim they have been calling for cuts for far too long and the press has been unwilling to yield real estate to the issue. In fact, Republican staffers have developed a cut list – although some of the slices lack specific line-by-line cost savings.
Others are not impressed by the effort and charge the list is NIMBYish -- sparing Republican constituents at the expense of others.
All the more reason to return to the basics: for every cut the press reports about, both the effects and the alternatives should be part of the story.
Let’s take the State Police cuts to local towns – or should I say the State Police tab to be sent to about 100 rural communities who are patrolled by troopers. The Governor wants to charge those towns some $20million next fiscal year for its state policing services.
Sound fair? What’s the financial impact to those communities who will now be charged for services, at the same time the Guv is slashing aid to small towns? Credit goes to Paul Mulshine at the Star Ledger for shedding some light on the question in his recent column: “To small towns, the State Police are real troopers”.
But that’s not the full story. In the category of Questions We’d Like to Ask, here’s a few more:
· How much revenue is deposited into the state treasury by trooper-issued summons, particularly in those small communities?
· Do the monies these towns receive to adjudicate traffic hearings and other offenses charged by NJSP cover the local administrative court costs?
· And how are these rural state police services calculated – the former Administration pegged the expenditures at $70 million in 2002 as compared to today’s estimated $20.5 million?
Tomorrow: Some answers to our questions.
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.