Celebrate Labor Day by supporting labor! 1300 nurses and health professionals are on strike at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. There’s a candlelight vigil/picket line/rally this evening outside the hospital on Somerset Street off Easton Avenue. Senator Menendez will be there at 6:30 for a press conference; the rally starts at 7:30.
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Although we would like to believe that the scientific and technical advice and assessment provided from outside remains politically neutral, this is not necessarily the case.”
You may recall that a neutral body existed in the form of the very successful Office of Technology Assessment but it was axed by the Republicans in 1995. It’s an example of how they do not believe in effective government, only crony capitalism.
State legislators like Dick Codey love to try to pass the buck to mayors and councils for property taxes:
Said Codey, a West Orange Democrat who’s the Senate president: “Has the Legislature ever increased property taxes? I never voted to raise property taxes. I’m not a school board member. I’m not a mayor.”
Makes sense on the surface. Why should the State Legislature do anything about property taxes when (technically) it’s the towns who send you the bill. This record six part series on public employees makes the link, exposing the dark side of what was once a system to protect low paid employees and now has become a treasure cove. And the villian is the State.
I must point out this excellent editorial at the Trenton Times supporting Gov. Corzine’s long-term fixes but questioning his words to the unions earlier this week, as well as discussing the motivations of the legislators:
Also driving their angst is the re-appearance of the “T” word. It’s been dusted off, by people who should know better, to be used against anyone who dares vote for a tax increase, even if it means correcting years of bad fiscal policy and rescuing state government from draconian cuts in services. The truth of the matter is that New Jersey got to this crisis in a bipartisan way. Governors from both parties have tapped pension funds as a way to balance budgets or have increased the state’s bond debt rather than pay as they go for programs deemed too important to cut. And legislators, for their part, have been more than accommodating to the powerful public workers’ unions, pumping up retirement benefits without contributing enough to the pension fund to pay for the largess later on.