Last month I wrote about how Democrats at a local level could work together to do a distributed stimulus, and this month I want to talk about another major investment we could make that would improve our infrastructure, benefit business and stimulate our economy.
Trenton is six miles away from Princeton, NJ, the former capital of the United States of America, home to one of the most elite colleges in the United States, locale of some seriously rich people and host to Drumthwacket – the Governor’s mansion.
Trenton is … the capital of New Jersey, and a pit. Seriously. Even the Trenton Makes, the World Takes bridge is dilapidated. Today in the roundup we see that the capital building is falling apart. The Mayor is indicted, the roads are crap, crime is rampant, jobs are scarce even near the capital, most state workers live elsewhere, etc., etc., etc. Pit.
A state as wealthy as New Jersey should not have a capital city that looks, feels and lives like this.
So let’s put a .1% (or something, since it’s made up) surcharge on income over $100,000 to infrastructure improvements dedicated towards infrastructure and business growth in our state’s capital. Long term improvements, employment opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, and more. For pennies from rich folks.
Stimulus should not only help the economy, but build our infrastructure. Let’s do it.