Deafening Silence on Anti-Bullying Bill
After passage in the legislature three weeks ago there has been no announcement from the governor’s office trumpeting his signature on this landmark piece of legislation. Christie managed to sign into law a bill that permits hiring of certain laid off law enforcement officers without utilizing Civil Service lists which was passed by the legislature after the anti-bullying bill. What’s up Governor?
BACK TO WORK NJ: Promoting jobs of the future
S2454 “New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act,” which has passed a Senate committee, has a hearing today in an Assembly committee (A3592). It provides credits against corporation business and gross income taxes for investing in New Jersey emerging technology industry. It is widely acknowledged that certain “old technology” jobs are not going to return with a rising economy, and that we need to promote NJ jobs in emerging fields. Our legislature seeks to do just that.
Chris Be Nimble, Chris Be Quick
Shrinking the size of government has been a mantra of our governor. However, the outcome is often a loss in being nimble or being fast and can have a significant negative impact on progams. The Senate investigated Community Affairs’ Winter Weatherization project which in the past typically received $5 million each year, but in 2009 was awarded $119 million for three years as part of the Obama stimulus effort. The only way to assure success of a program that receives a sudden, huge infusion of funds is to ramp up staffing and expertise to award and monitor the grants. Our governor, who sometimes displays disdain for federal awards (see here) but generally accepts them, is loathe to spend the funds necessary to achieve success. The result is that an audit conducted through June 2010 revealed that only 5 percent of the $119 million was spent and little was done to create new jobs. It is inexcusable when a program with the potential to increase employment and reduce costs of home heating for lower income residents is mismanaged and left to founder on the rocks of inaction. It is time to get it back on track.