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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Democrats Call Corzine’s Budget Irresponsible

New Jersey state Senator Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and other Democrats in Trenton aren’t buying Governor Jon Corzine’s ‘hard choices’ budget. As a member of the senate budget committee, Sweeney is looking to scrap the sales tax increase and to reduce Corzine's proposed $1.8* billion payment into the state pension system.

Sweeney says Governor Corzine has failed to cut spending in his proposed $30.9 billion budget which increases spending by 9.2 over last year. He also questioned Corzine’s plan to exempt 400,000 to 600,000 New Jerseyans from paying state income taxes.

"All expansions of programs need to be stopped until we see what we can do," Sweeney said. Democrats control the Assembly 47-33 and hold a 22-18 edge in the Senate; a handful of defections in the Senate could doom his spending plan.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, said supporting Corzine's proposed $400 million plan to expand the sales tax to include limousine rides would be easier than raising the sales tax.
Sweeney says he doesn’t believe Corzine has the votes to pass his budget proposal and “other Democrats, speaking privately, concurred”.

A Corzine spokesman called the criticisms wrong and said lawmakers who wish to criticize the budget need to propose realistic solutions.

Corzine "took no joy in proposing a budget with significant cuts in spending and proposing a modest sales tax increase," said spokesman Anthony Coley.
Corzine has not proposed significant cuts in spending or we would have heard about them by now and as Jim at Parkway Rest Stop pointed out, a 16.67% increase in the sales tax is not exactly what most people would refer to as ‘modest’. Republican lawmakers have come up with at least $1 billion in proposed spending cuts and now it looks as though the Democrats may join the effort. It’s about time.

* Sweeney referred to Corzine's proposed increase for the state pension system as $1.8 billion. Actually, Corzine is proposing to increase the pension funding by $1.1 billion and not the $1.8 billion as he originally promised during the campaign. This is probably Sweeney’s source of confusion on this subject.


At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been studying Jon Corzines body language very carefully at these town hall meetings and it has become easy to tell when he is lying about an issue. It's when his lips are moving!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger nightfly said...

Of course he "took no joy" in proposing cuts, imaginary or otherwise. Politicians love to spend other people's money. It's like saying "I took no joy in not having sex with that smoking hot (and strangely accessible) supermodel."

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to make a fortune off my "Impeach Corzine" bumper stickers.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me know where I can purchase "Impeach Corzine" bumper stickers.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want a bumper sticker "Impeach Corzine" - I want to know what I can do to help the process along.......I vote - I pay ridiculous taxes, ridiculous gas prices and am sick and tired of it!!!!!

At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

impeach corzine....where's the petition? i'll sign!!!!

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These polictians run and lie to us then get into office and the truth
comes out,we have been led to again
we must hold these crooks responsible for lying,by inpeaching
them,let me know how to get this started!

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I contribute to renting Billboards for "Impeach Corzine"?

At 11:45 PM, Blogger firefox1973 said...

I will take one of those "impeach Corzine" bumper stickers. Who is starting the petition, I am sure we will be able to get the signatures!

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are the stickers - just a google search away: http://www.cafepress.com/buy/Budget/-/pv_design_prod/pg_1/p_storeid.64874795/pNo_64874795/id_13334855/opt_/fpt_/c_360/

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am moving out of this state. I love New Jersey, but I absolutely hate what the Democrates are doing to it. It breaks my heart, but with taxes like this, this state is going to be like the next California, everyone will want to leave.

At 8:02 PM, Anonymous corzine SUX said...

WE need to get this lyin, no good,
Bald headed,ugly, S O B
Out of Jersey, Before he kills us

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No room to cut spending? You've got to be joking! Here's a bunch of ideas:

1. Get rid of over-paid judges (and their staffs!)
2. Get rid of half of Corzine's staff.
3. Re-examine all those lofty pension plans given out to ex-state workers that retired.
4. Get rid of the soil conservation district (faggy guys in brand new white trucks that come out to harrass landscappers and pretend to be environmentally conscious). Besides we have the DEP.
5. Get rid of DMV - require residents to keep up cars on their own. Have police pull over smoking cars.
6. Get rid of any state agency that requires filling out paper forms.
7. Get rid of all those agencies advocating low income houses for the poor (e.g., Mt. Laurel).
8. Get rid of welfare system.
9. Get rid of all highway toll systems - especially by state borders (let the people from other states come in to buy our goods!). Also, lower sales tax to 5% so people from NY and PA come in to save on taxes.

Hell, if I had the time, I could do this all day! :0)

Impeach Corzine! Let Cody back in (at least he does nothing and doesn't make stupid suggestions).

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how the Democrats are calling this Budget irresponsible. I bet it would have been streamlined through if it wasn't an election year. They are all hippocrites,lets clean house and give them the "T" Mobile plan. Boot freinds and family as well. It is about time Jersey holds the irresponsible Party accountable.


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