Budget Safety Net: The poor and the middle class are not a priority for Gov. Christie, but with an upcoming strained budget they must be for the legislature.
As 2013 fades into history, let’s look forward to tomorrow. There is plenty of unfinished business to occupy our attention in 2014. Here are some suggestions:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Continue local efforts in support of this national initiative and urge your congressman to support it.
Drug Courts & Sentencing: Gov. Christie supports drug courts but more funding is needed. It is time to reduce prison entries for nonviolent offenders and revamp existing drug laws.
Earned Income Tax Credit: Gov. Christie should restore the credit to 25%.
Economy: Reduce wasteful subsidies to large corporations and invest more in good schools and a well-trained, highly-educated workforce.
Education: Expand State-funded pre-school classes for needy kids and reduce inflated college costs.
Financial Assistance for Dreamers: The other half of the Dream Act.
Gun Control: The legislature should reintroduce bills vetoed by Gov. Christie.
GWB Scandal: Find out the truth behind the lane closures and reform the Port Authority.
Halfway Houses: Reform this system which is a bonanza for corporations and politicians but no help for inmates or the public.
Health Insurance & Medicaid: Provide education and assistance to assure more enrollment into better quality ACA insurance and into the expanded Medicaid program.
Housing: Gov. Christie should end his raiding and obstruction of the affordable housing program.
Infrastructure: New Jersey has about $70 billion worth of infrastructure work and the price tag will only increase if the state continues to put off making the needed improvements.
Marriage Equality: Continue discussion as to whether ME should be passed by the legislature, and create a veto-proof majority.
Millionaire Tax Surcharge: Implement this fair and essential method to increase needed state revenue.
Pinelands & Fracking: There should be no gas line through the Pinelands. There should be no fracking or transportation or disposal of its waste in NJ.
Property Tax: Encourage (and remove barriers to) consolidation and sharing services.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Christie withdrew NJ from RGGI. It’s time to rejoin the initiative.
Retire Rep. Scott Garrett (CD 5): Will a worthy opponent please stand up.
Sandy Recovery: Start with transparency, bring an end to discrimination, assure financial aid to those most in need, strengthen the State-wide plan (including safe location for buses and trains) and insist on resiliency.
Solar Power: The administration should move forward with plans for offshore facilities.
Supreme Court Nominees: Christie has already placed two Republicans on the court. He should nominate a Democrat and grant tenure to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner or the Senate should continue ignoring his nominees.
Womens’ Healthcare: Gov. Christie should fund Planned Parenthood.
Open thread: What is on your agenda for 2014?