Following Governor Chris Christie’s final State of the State Address, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy. (SenateNJ.com)
The 9th District Delegation’s remarks were offered in response to the Governor’s comments in the Address that the state workforce had been reduced by more than 10,000 employees during his Administration.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement following the Governor’s address:
“To bring about the fiscal reform demanded by beleaguered taxpayers, our delegation supported the sustained and very necessary effort to reduce a costly and overbearing state bureaucracy. Too many taxpayers felt the bureaucracy worked against their interests by fixating on imposing suffocating regulations as opposed to providing essential services to the public. Consequently, the costs of paying bureaucrats to write and enforce unwanted and unnecessary government regulations crowded other state budget priorities.
“Working with the Administration on this effort was important to us. In 2005, years prior to the Great Recession, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. Corrective action was necessary to address the dramatic explosion in the size of the Executive Branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years. To minimize hardships, our plan was designed to be implemented over a four-year period so the workforce reductions would be achieved through attrition.
“Moving forward under a new Administration, it is imperative from a fiscal standpoint not to allow for the progress in reducing the size of the state bureaucracy to be diminished. Taxes did not decrease, even with the substantial reduction in the state workforce. But you can bet taxes will increase if the state starts adding to the bureaucracy’s payroll. As such, there must be a bipartisan commitment to fiscal restraint on this and other issues if the state is to truly act in the best interests of taxpayers.”
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