Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

First Shot at NJ Budget

Just last March this was the plan:
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“Everybody has a plan until they get hit. Then, like a rat, they stop in fear and freeze.’ ”                Mike Tyson

That first hit was the Democratic legislature in New Jersey not going along with tax hikes leaving Murphy to take his first shot.

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Politics in New Jersey

Open Borrowing got me back to checking out books from the Morris County Library for the first time since my wallet was stolen at the Montclair YMCA about twenty years ago and the card I had been using, possibly illegally, for years without renewing was lost forever. Excerpts from that first checkout which, based on my experience, remain relevant:

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S5 Status

S5 ScaSa (2R) Transfers management of PFRS to Board of Trustees of PFRS.
Passed both Houses March 26, 2018.

So where does it stand now?

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You May STFU

It is a thing we have here in New Jersey that if you get pulled over and the cops find that your vehicle registration is not updated then your car gets impounded. A friend went through this last year and I had to drive him to DMV to get his car registered, to the Roselle Park municipal building to pay a fine, and to the impound lot to get his car. Quite a hassle but, as the cop explained to my friend, they are required to do it – one of the ‘values’ of living here (not having to drive with people in unregistered vehicles) though I suspect the revenue stream governments get from this crackdown also plays a part.

Another thing we have here in New Jersey – the entitled:

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NJ Investment Council Turnover

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:18A the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the investments of the state retirement system, is comprised of sixteen (16) members. Nine members are appointed by the Governor. As of January 26, 2018 there were twelve (12) members with four (4) vacancies, all governor appointees. Under new governor Phil Murphy there will be a total overhaul, according to David Wildstein:

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Don’t Blame Unions. Instead…..

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. FDR 8/16/37

From that we move to newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s budget address where he made clear:
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What changed?

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Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is still difficult to borrow from libraries around here but I stumbled upon it at Roselle and made it to page 255 before it became too TMZy. These are the excerpts that I found interesting….

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