New Jersey Democrats Triumph Over Taxpayers
Likely, the headlines tomorrow will read that Governor Corzine triumphed in his intramural battle with Speaker Roberts. He got the sales tax hike he wanted. He made no significant cuts in the bloated state budget (not that the Democratic "opposition" wanted any).If exposing Corzine as a big government spending, tax hiking, ruthless S.O.B, was the goal, then Joe Roberts won. But the real battle was between New Jersey Democats and the state’s taxpayers. Let there be no doubt - Democrats are the undisputed winners, they have totally cleaned our clock.
Generally, in such battles, the combatant willing to inflict the most pain on innocent bystanders prevails, and Corzine proved much more ruthless. He threw tens of thousands of workers out into the street, including private sector folks who can’t treat the last few days as a taxpayer funded vacation. And he didn’t have to; what court would second guess him? Who would bring the suit?
P.S. Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - By JOHN P. McALPIN and MITCHEL MADDUX: TRENTON BUREAU:
“In a shrewd parliamentary move, Roberts also took the unusual step of drafting a bill to raise the sales tax and introduced it in such a way that he can engineer a direct Assembly vote on it, bypassing any committee hearing. The bill would tie any tax hike to politically popular property tax rebates.”Amid all the budget deal hoopla, don't forget New Jersey state government is still not open for business, it's been shut down for six days and still counting: