"Solving" New Jersey’s Problems Though Spending And Tax Increases
Governor Jon Corzine, fresh from his victory of increasing the state’s budget by 9.2 percent and taxes by $2 billion dollars, has decided to keep a campaign promise. He wants New Jersey to adopt a program that "approaches universal health care." This means, according to Corzine, providing medical insurance to an additional 766,000 New Jerseyans at a cost to state taxpayers of $15 million. No one questions how this is possible when the state covered about the same number of people under Medicaid for $8 billion dollars in 2004.
New Jersey is a state where its wealthiest community pays $12,464 to educate a public school child and one of the neediest spends $18,893 per student. This is called leveling the school funding playing field in the Garden State. To solve the state’s property tax crisis, Democrats are studying ways to reduce municipal and school costs in the more cost efficient communities and to raise taxes on those already paying the lion’s share of government and school costs in the state.
New Jersey is also a state where public employees now earn an average of 40 percent more than private sector workers. Spiraling costs for state and local public employees are major causes of the relentless increases in state and property tax over the past twenty years. Democrats have decided to look into this problem and have formed a legislative committee to find a solution.
Four of the six legislators chosen for the committee are Democrats who were apparently selected for the number of government jobs each holds simultaneously, while being completely baffled about the basics of state benefit programs. "I don't even know how it works,” and “I guess I'll soon find out," said two of the panelists representing Democrats.
Now comes the news that good paying jobs and taxpayers are fleeing New Jersey. "Demographers have noted that the state recently experienced an uptick in "outmigration," which is when the number of people leaving the state exceeds the number moving in.” Democrats just can’t seem to put their finger on how or why this happening, but their solution is to spend more money and raise taxes.