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Blue Jersey Focus – Jeff Tittel – Part 2

Yesterday, we presented Part 1 of a two-part interview with Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel. He talked about some of the issues and challenges being debated in Trenton, including hydraulic fracturing, the Governor’s abandonment of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, renewable energy such as solar and wind, and the impact of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant and other factors in the Barnegat Bay.

Today, Tittel talks about messaging, jobs, the Governor’s absconding of environmental funds to balance the budget, state park privatization, a report card on the legislature, and his retrospective on the Sierra Club’s endorsement of a third party candidate in the last gubernatorial election.


News Round-up and Open Thread for Thursday, August 3

News Round-up for Wednesday, April 12

News Round-up for Wednesday, April 12, 2006

  • Gov. Corzine and the DOT presented the FY2007 transportation system plans yesterday, with the goal of getting expanding mass transit and reducing congestion on our highways. The governor requested $1.3 billion for NJ Transit- including $356 million in operating subsidies for train and bus lines, $184 million for commuter ferries in communities such as Camden and Elizabeth,  expansion of light rail in Bergen and Hudson counties, and expansion of the PATCO rail line between South Jersey and Philadelphia. $1.9 billion was called for for highway improvements, and $525 million for bridge repairs. Certain “controversial highways” were not on the list, such as Route 92 (Central Jersey), Route 55 (South Jersey), and extending Route 15 (Sussex County.) A list of other major projects in the DOT plans is available here.
  • Tomorrow in Trenton, U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler is scheduled to hear the arguments from a coalition of restaurants and bars seeking to have the New Jersey indoor smoking ban declared unconstitutional. The ban is scheduled to go into effect Saturday, but some municipalities are still questioning how to enforce it.
  • The state Board of Public Utilities is set to vote today on a proposal which would require 20 percent of the energy supplied in the state by 2020 to come from renewable sources (ex.  wind or solar.) Michael Winka, director of clean energy for the board, projects that the regulation would cost the average homeowner about twenty bucks additional per year. The Meadowlands commission is already on board, planning to cover 30 acres of parking lots and roofs with solar panels beginning next year.  Go solar! Go solar!
  • Lawmakers are attempting to address the problems of misspent funds and waste at state-funded preschools, including some calling for a grand jury to be empaneled. The Attorney General’s office is investigating. Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee,  said he plans to “grill” Department of Education on the issue officials during budget hearings.
  • Environmentalists and sportsmen called for a more stable funding of the park system in Our Fair State at a news conference yesterday. $40 million was included in the Governor’s proposed budget but the groups are seeking $180 million.
  • Gov. Corzine yesterday signed a law giving DYFS caseworkers unrestricted access to police information on known sex offenders. The new law gives the caseworkers the same access as law enforcement personel.
  • Passover begins tonight at sundown. The holiday celebrates the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery, as well as heralding the beginning of spring. 
  • Gas prices this summer are expected to be about 25 cents higher than last year, according to the US Department of Energy, but are not expeted to hamper tourism. Might make a few more people buy tickets for the lottery, however.