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$12.8 Billion to Finish Abbott School Projects

Jeebus! I am not even going to try and figure out how we got here (people get paid for that kind of thing), but 12.8 billion bucks is a ton of money.

However, before Repugnicans can go off and rant away at how this sounds impossible to reconcile, consider the NJ State factsheet from the 2006 Bush Budget:

2006 Budget Good News for New Jersey’s Children

The U.S. Department of Education’s FY 2006 budget provides $56 billion in Federal education funding – an increase of 33 percent since the President took office.

Title I Program funding increases to $13.3 billion for students in high-poverty schools. This is a 52 percent increase over 2001 levels.

Assuming Title I schools are the same schools affected by the Abbott ruling, NO PROBLEM.

So long as Bushie boy and the Repugnicans come through with the money, we don’t have anything to worry about!

Calling all Repugnicans in the Statehouse and Congress. Now is your time to shine!

Bush Outsources NJ Ports to Country with Terrorism Ties

Earlier this week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (John Snow, Alberto Gonzales, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, et al) approved the sale of six major U.S. ports (including New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia) to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.

Senator Lautenberg stated the obvious:

“(The UAE) has allowed terrorists to pass freely through their own country…Why in the world should we let this rogue government control ports in the United States.”

Senator Menendez agreed:

“Our ports are the front lines of the war on terrorism.  They are both vulnerable targets for attack and venues for smuggling and human trafficking. We wouldn’t turn the border patrol or the customs service over to a foreign government, and we can’t afford to turn our ports over to one either.”

He and Senator Clinton are introducing a bill that would prohibit foreign companies from controlling our ports. To anyone concerned about national security, it’s common sense, but this administration would rather sell our national security to the highest bidder behind closed doors and hope nobody notices. They have absolutely no shame.

If you’re curious to see some more of UAE’s impressive resume, jump down below the fold.

Election tomorrow for many NJ towns

Many towns across Our Fair state are holding Fire District elections tomorrow.  These elections directly affect your property taxes via fire budgets, and your fire protection and officials, so read up on the issues and make your voice heard.

The Asbury Park Press today has an editorial about how the turnout is expected to be mighty low for these elections. S1188 has been proposed by State Sen. Leonard Lance to combine fire district elections with the school elections held in May to increase voter turnout. I wonder if it wouldn’t save a bit of taxpayer money, too. The bill is sitting in the Senate State Government committee. This bill should get passed. Let you state senator know you support the combining of these elections.

Partial list of townships with elections below:

Sour Grapes and a Glass of Insanity on the Side

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the news that Assemblyman Joe Cryan was accused of taking a bribe.  The Star-Ledger reports today:

Attorney General Zulima Farber yesterday cleared Assemblyman Joseph Cryan of allegations he was given a $2,000 cash donation that never appeared on his campaign finance reports, paving the way for him to become the new chairman of the Democratic State Committee.

Farber’s spokesman said a two- week investigation found that the accusations by Carol Segal, a would-be developer in Union Township who claimed he gave the cash to Cryan, were not credible.

You get one question to ask Congressman Pallone – GO!

BlueJersey’s podcast series soon will be continuing with our next guest, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6).

Congressman Pallone has graciously agreed to sit down with me for a half-hour interview that will be recorded and available as a BlueJersey.net podcast. And you, dear reader, are invited to whisper your questions into my ears. Best questions will be included in the interview.

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A Step in the Right Direction

“All [we] had to do was look at the stacks of reports that government agencies constantly send to our district offices. These glossy reports are like a constant tidal wave of wasteful and needless spending…Before any legislator can even think about raising anyone’s taxes, we need to cut waste. The printing of these reports is a prime example.”

Assemblymen Jeff Van Drew and Reed Gusciora want to eliminate what they call the “unfathomable” costs associated with reports from government agencies by requiring that agencies publish their reports online.

“In this age of e-mail and Internet-based communications, these publications have outlived their usefulness,” said Van Drew (D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic). “The days of glossy paper, colored pictures, and fancy bindings are over: we simply can’t afford it.”

Van Drew and Gusciora said many of the reports have color photographs and can cost more than $6 to mail. The two legislators said that the costs of these reports are so exorbitant that the Office of Legislative Services is unable to put a final cost on the amount of state funds being spent on annual reports and brochures.

These reports are symbolic of inefficient government spending and this proposal is a common sense measure to cut costs. Beyond trimming costs, this measure should improve the efficiency and transparency of government by speeding up the flow of information and making it more easily accessible. Publishing reports online won’t balance the budget, but it’s a welcome step in the right direction.

Leo Lance on the High Court?

Jeebus, let Hester Jr. be totally wrong in his latest piece. Where after daft speculation of State Minority Leader Lance’s potential Supreme Court appointment, he winds up cheerleading for it:

While likely little more than wild rumor, it makes some sense.

Lance is an attorney who knows the state Constitution possibly better than anybody. After all, his father, Wesley Lance, helped write it in 1947. His father was a state senator and state Superior Court judge, so leaving the Legislature to don robes runs in the family. Lance is also highly respected within the Senate, so his confirmation would be a breeze.

Reminder Tom, this isn’t a monarchy. If the only people qualified to serve on the Supreme Court needed to be direct bloodline decendents of the founding fathers, we wouldn’t have our good old ScAlito on there.

As for Leo Lance. Do we really want a guy who thinks Tom Kean Jr. is a reincarnation of Thomas Jefferson on the Highest Court in the State?

Better still. Do we really want a guy who makes broad decisions based on partisan hackery disguised as think tank research?

Look folks, I know these are politically devisive times, and that perhaps Gov. Jon Corzine wants to throw an olive branch to the Repugnicans in the State House, but this is going too far. As we have seen, tough and trying times lie ahead for the High Court. Putting someone as seemingly irrational as Leo Lance on it can only spell big trouble for New Jersey.

Please Governor Corzine, spare us!