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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Living Breathing Taxpayers In New Jersey

Yesterday we had this gem of a quote from The Herald referring to a proposal by three New Jersey lawmakers to curb unsustainable increases in state public employees’ salaries and benefits.

Yet it's important to remember that state government in New Jersey is not a business, but a living breathing part of democracy. There are, and there should be, other considerations than "the bottom line."
Today we are treated to this bit of insight in a quote from The Star-Ledger referring to an announcement of a special legislative session in Trenton on property taxes.

As a way to appease Republican legislators who want to curb government spending, four joint committees will be formed at the special session to focus on school spending, public employee benefit and pension costs, shared public services, and the role of a tax convention.
All we can say is thank God Republican legislators need to be appeased. Without them, living breathing taxpayers in New Jersey would be completely forgotten



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