BY BILL CLEARY
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES CONTINUE TO ATTACK GOV.: From a Wall Street Journal article: Public unions in NJ are banding together to attack Gov. Christie by filing a joint lawsuit against the taxpayers... State of New Jersey. The union leaders have already spent millions to disparage Christie in advertisements. For those unfamiliar with New Jersey, this is the state where the property taxes are the highest in the nation. A state that faces a $10+ billion budget gap. The real debt may be as high as $176 billion
Public workers, rather than Democrats, have been the Republican governor’s greatest foil. He gained national attention after calling on teachers to accept salary freezes and blaming the state’s financial woes on workers’ compensation packages, which he mocked in town-hall-style forums across the state.
To his credit, Christie has not backed down from the fight–even going so far as to call the state’s teachers’ union (the New Jersey Education Association) a “political thuggery operation.”
Of course, if the unions prevail in their joint assault, it will be the taxpayers of New Jersey that are left footing the bill. But, in New Jersey, that’s nothing new.
A BUSY Gloucester City Mayor and Council approved nine resolutions at the Monday, August 1 work session meeting held in council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street.
The resolutions include:
- Naming Remington & Vernick engineers for the work on the City water tower, South Broadway for an amount not to exceed $49,700
- Naming Remington & Vernick engineers for the design, permitting and construction phase to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street Pump Station for an amount not to exceed $33,500.
- Naming Remington & Vernick engineers for the NJ Department of Transportation Funded Streetscape Project on Broadway from Hudson Street to Mercer Street, for an amount not to exceed $29,760.
- Awarding the contract for a HVAC replacement project at the City Library to Falasca Mechanical of Vineland, the low bidder, in the amount of $150,600.
- Awarding the contract for a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, in the amount of $35,950 to Mall Chevrolet , Cherry Hill. The vehicle will be used by the police department.
- Authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $7.075 million in General Bonds. The City has hired Standards and Poors for a fee of $9,000 to refinance bonds it already has in order to get a better rate. “This is not a new bond purchase,” said City Administrator Jack Lipsett.
- Authorizing the Tax Collector to extend the grace period for the 3rd quarter taxes due August 1 to August 25.
- Authorizing a property tax refund in the amount of $1467 was approved.
- Resolution to refund a Uniform Fire Safety Act fee in the amount of $50 also passed.
CAN THIS HAPPEN IN YOUR TOWN? From a recent Bloomberg article...Central Falls, Rhode Island’s poorest city, sought Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection as it struggles to meet pension obligations. A petition was filed after state officials failed to persuade police, fire and municipal employee unions to accept concessions and to get retirees to agree to lower benefits, according to a statement from Robert Flanders, a former state Supreme Court justice named to oversee the city’s finances. The city asked the court to permit the rejection of union contracts. ‘Central Falls, a city of about 18,000 located about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) north of Providence, is the fifth municipality to enter bankruptcy this year, compared with six in all of 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. continue via www.bloomberg.com
Some Like Him, Some Don't-Philadelphia Magazine Best of 2011 issue has named Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, a “Politician Who’s Ahead of the Curve.” From the magazine, “The president of the New Jersey State Senate has been pushing for shared municipal services for a decade, long before this became a buzz phrase in state funding crises. When will we listen?”Last month Sweeney was vilified by public employees for supporting Gov. Christie’s plan to increase the amount of money they pay into their pensions and health care plan.
- BILLS POINT OF VIEW
- Debt ceiling deal won't have a big impact on New Jersey in near term
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- Dozens of N.J. legislators receive more than one public paycheck
- A poll finds out how well New Jersey residents like their towns and their state
- Gov. Chris Christie touts bipartisanship in Newark park project
- Old Lesson for New, Tough-Talking Governors: 'It's the Economy ...'
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