Senator Tom Kean, Republican leader of the New Jersey Senate, made the following comments after reading the details of the concessions that Jon Corzine made to a state employee union before Vice President Joseph Biden appeared at the governor’s campaign rally. The concessions included the promise of a 7 percent pay raise made during a recession that has robbed thousands of New Jersey workers of their private sector jobs.
“New Jersey’s middle class will pay for years because election-year politics led Governor Corzine to abandon them,” Kean said. “This agreement trades one year of modest benefits for ill-advised concessions that may force tax hikes and service cutbacks for years to come.”
District 24 Legislators Say Communications Workers of America Agreement Provides Limited Relief
While Governor Jon Corzine hailed the state’s new labor deal with the Communications Workers of America as a “historic agreement,” Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-Sussex, Morris, and Hunterdon, said that after evaluating the details there will be minimal financial benefit for the state after the upcoming fiscal year.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to news reports that indicate Governor Jon Corzine’s decision to grant contract concessions will raise the cost of government for New Jersey taxpayers by tens of millions of dollars over the next few years. The sudden and unexpected concessions came, newspapers reported, after threats were made to picket a Corzine campaign “kickoff” where Vice President Joseph Biden was the keynote speaker. A final estimate of the costs will be made if and when the governor makes public the terms of the agreement, but the terms listed in news accounts suggest that the concessions will cost taxpayers at least $40 million, Kean said.
“Taxpayers should send a bill for $40 million to the Corzine campaign for the Biden bailout,” Kean said. “They should send another for the full amount if the governor ever releases a final, honest tally of these added expenses.”
In our continuing effort to demonstrate the need for the Transparency in Government Act, which would require all New Jersey government spending to be made available and searchable on an easy to use public website, here is Part 3 of our series, Your Tax $$$ at Work? In this series, we present examples of how government bureaucracy hides the wasteful spending of taxpayer funds.
Your Tax $$$ at Work? Part 3 – Paying State Employees Tuition Reimbursement for Classes that Have Nothing to Do with Their Jobs.
Attached are actual payment vouchers that were paid by the State of New Jersey to reimburse government employees for enrolling in college classes like Introduction to Music, Theater Appreciation and Chorus I.
Dozens of Choices the Governor Could Make to Create Jobs and Make New Jersey Affordable for the Middle Class
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have joined with their colleagues in the Assembly to prepare a blueprint for change that Governor Corzine can adopt to save taxpayers $783 million. These are ideas that will generate savings the governor can use to help businesses create desperately needed jobs or to return money to taxpayers crying out for help with their mounting bills during this recession.
Republican Senate Leader Tom Kean responded to a Star-Ledger report that said Governor Corzine hastily negotiated furlough concessions with public employee unions to avoid having Vice President Joseph Biden cancel an appearance at the official “kickoff” of the governor’s re-election campaign yesterday.
“It’s unbelievable that Governor Corzine weakened a plan he is counting on to help rescue the state from insolvency because a speaker might not come to his campaign rally,” Senator Kean said.
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Corzine Administration’s choice of J.P. Morgan Chase bank to extend New Jersey a $2 billion line of credit:
Lawmakers Will Introduce a Four-Bill Package of Immigration Reform
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder are prepared to introduce a package of four bills that emphasize that illegal immigrants are persona non grata in New Jersey.
“If you want to come here and get your piece of the America Dream, you are going to have to follow the rules,” said Assemblywoman Addiego.
The 12th District Legislators are distraught to find out that New Jersey had more anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2008 than any other state, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.
Although the number of incidents declined from 247 in 2007 to 238 in 2008, other states saw even more of a decrease.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have introduced legislation to establish a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission.
The Commission’s duties would include, but not be limited to, studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among residents and make projections on the future impact on the state’s population, study the state’s role in long-term care for persons with early stage and early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and consider the capacity of public safety and law enforcement to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.