Tag Archive: NJ Legislature

The Elephant in the Room

 In one of several versions of a famous parable, “three blind men encounter an elephant for the first time and try to describe it, each touching a different part. “An elephant is like a snake,” says one, grasping the trunk….
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Senate poised to address bike and pedestrian safety on New Jersey’s roadways

More diary rescue fron the weekend – Promoted by Rosi.

Within the next few weeks, a vote is expected to come up on a bill that would give those of us who walk and bike around our communities more visibility in the state government. With bill S2521, the state Senate aims to create a Pedestrian Safety Study Commission whose job it will be to “study, examine, and review the issue of pedestrian safety in New Jersey.” It will create a commission whose members will range from members of the legislature to NJDOT officials to members of the public.

It’s Time for Republican legislators to support the legislature

An Assembly budget bill A4326 just passed its committee on party lines (7 Dems: YES and 4 Rep’s: NO), which Christie would want to veto but which both Republican and Democratic legislators should support.  

As John Reitmeyer says in NJ Spotlight:

“It calls for more long-range forecasting, contingency planning, and a deeper analysis of what spending is necessary to keep up with state laws and to maintain current services. It would also create a three-person advisory panel that would put forward a revenue forecast each January in advance of the governor’s budget message in February.”

All of these measures strengthen the budgetary process and make it more transparent. In particular, the advisory panel, which would consist of the State Treasurer, the Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, and a third public member, would provide the governor and legislature with advisory consensus forecasts of State revenue, which the current governor has famously over-estimated in the past. The process proposed would provide needed assurance to credit agencies and New Jersey residents that there is more thoughtful budgetary planning.