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New Jersey To Borrow Up To $9.9 Billion

From today’s covid briefing/rally:
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When asked about it by reporters:

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Responsibility for Taxes & Deaths

Governor Phil Murphy was on Chat Box with David Cruz tonight and he made it clear what’s ahead for New Jersey taxpayers:
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And asked point blank:
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Full segments for those who want to know the status of the coming tax hikes and how Canada and nursing home operators are responsible for killing old people.

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Minds Closed to Bailouts

From today’s briefing/rally, new (borrowed/granted) money is not here yet:
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but don’t call it a bailout you knucklehed:
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I will explain what they mean.
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BAD DEAL for New Jersey drivers and homeowners

The ad above started appearing on some of the local news websites I frequent and then in today’s mail my insurance company (NJM) sent me a letter warning against a piece of legislation that “will only serve special interests” (not theirs) where they claim:

An independent study performed by one of the nation’s leading actuarial firms estimated that the legislation will increase overall insurance premiums in New Jersey by over $2.5 billion per year. This means residents would likely receive increases of nearly $300 per policy for automobile insurance and over $100 per policy for homeowners insurance.”

Please call you local legislators and let them know that this legislation (S-2144 & A-3850/A-4293) is a BAD DEAL for New Jersey drivers and homeowners.

Or it could mean that insurance companies would lose over $2.5 billion in profits per year (assuming that rate increases have to approved by the state Insurance Department). And did this leading actuarial firm set about doing this study as a public service? Was there a GoFundMe email I missed*?

Here is what the insurance industry is afraid of:

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Public Employee Salary/Benefits Growth

Andrew G. Biggs of AEI released a paper examining the last 20 years and here is what I took from it:

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More of the United Federation of Musicians Purple Haze

Good morning gentle reader. Mr. Bury published “Musician Pensions on Brink of Being Slashed”. As I looked at this pension I responded to his post.  Thank you to all of the replies to my writings-comments and emails.  I am continuing to study your pension.

It is my belief your pension has one of the highest investment income portfolios, greater than your actuarial assumed rate of return.  Why are you destitute?  And make no mistake, you will be.

Music is the king of the humanities, the crown jewel of the liberal arts.  Your craft is the center of my life.  It is not fitting you musicians retire to skid row.  Let’s figure this out in 300 words.

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Path to Egress Town Hall in Union County

Tonight’s town hall in Union County on reform of, among many other things, public pensions provided several vivid examples of why anyone who can leave New Jersey will:

  • Scattershot format with nobody even mildly informed on the real situation,
  • An audience of mostly public union employees who thankfully overwhelmed the 30 politicoes looking for photo-ops and applause (which they mostly got from each other), and
  • Legitimate frustration on all sides with no answers beyond that ‘actuaries are working on it.”

Here is the full video with the times I deemed something notable was said (or shouted out) below:

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NJ Scofflaws Walk – Almost

According to njspotlight, the New Jersey Supreme Court has dismissed 787,764 outstanding municipal cases and warrants for minor offenses that have been pending for more than 16 years, implementing a key recommendation of last July’s critical report on the municipal court system.

Though they are not entirely free and clear. One of the penalties for lawbreaking is public exposure. There will be no monetary penalties but the state Administrative Office of the Courts did create a searchable database that names names – and crimes.

I first searched my name and immediate family members and nothing came up. So on to familiar names though keep it mind that this is a large population so the name could be for a different person. With that:

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Juror Diary (3) – Freedom


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As quoted in The Chapo Guide to Revolution (page 48)

About sums up my feelings on jury selection rules after my near miss today.

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Juror Diary (2) – Justice Delayed

Prisoners get access to an exercise yard. We don’t.

We started with 60 of us to be interviewed plus thirteen already seated in the jury box. The first one of us passed the whisper-interview and at 9:30 this morning took the fourteenth seat.

Done. We are out of here. I might not even get to The Chapo Guide To Revolution.

How wrong I was.

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