June 30, 2005

NJ Government Shutdown? (Updated)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:06 pm

As of this writing, the Democrats in New Jersey’s Legislature (Democrats control both the senate and the assembly) have not been able to agree on a budget. While each side of the Party of the People postures as having the people’s interest in mind, in reality, they remind me more of a pack of jackals fighting over the meat on a carcass.

If they cannot come up with a budget by midnight tonight, New Jersey’s Government will shut down, except for “essential services”.

The Democrats should do everything in their power to keep that from happening, because if the government shuts down, no one may notice. Worse yet for the Democrats, the people might just like things better that way.

Update: Last night, the Democrat Legislators struck a deal and passed a compromise budget, thereby beating the midnight deadline and the possible shutdown of “essential services” in the state. Although the rules require that one day passes between committee approval and a floor vote, the Republicans will cooperate with the Democrats by voting to waive the one-day requirement so that the budget can be passed today.

Of course, it is damned near impossible to figure out how badly the New Jersey taxpayer will be screwed (and screwed we most certainly shall be), because in New Jersey the name of the game is “Rebates.” The state takes income tax proceeds from taxpayers and redistributes some of them in the form of “rebates”. So, a “cut” in rebates equals an increase in tax. Clever, no?

It seems fitting that, in this state, taxing the citizens is not unlike a State-Run Shell Game.

So, what do we have under this Jabberwockian System?

The best I can tell is that we have a $500 million cut in tax rebates (i.e. $500 million in income tax money the state will be keeping, instead of redistributing). However, that comes with a promised $270 million in “mandated spending cuts” (Color me skeptical).

Math is not my strong suit, but that looks to me like this amounts to a $230 million tax increase. However, in JerseyTaxSpeak it’s really not an “increase,” because the state already has the money. It’s just giving less back. Clear?

One thing is, however, clear. We’ve been mugged again.


  1. Eh … Let em shut it down … less we gotta pay for in the end.


    Comment by RightWingRocker — July 1, 2005 @ 2:09 am

  2. Think about this for a minute!
    In a shutdown, they send everyone home
    that is not essential.. . .

    WTF are they doing on the payroll if they
    are not needed ?

    Comment by GrampaPinhead — July 1, 2005 @ 12:30 pm

  3. grandpa- exactly what i was going to say…

    government should only be involved in essential services, the rest seems like … um… over bloated beauracracy. jim, do keep us posted, love to know what all is considered non essential…

    Comment by shoe — July 1, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

  4. I am a government employee who just found out 30 minutes ago that my “Essential” status (as well as 20 others in our facility) has been degraded to “Non-Essential” for this action. We were also informed that if the budget is not approved, we’re not to report to work on Monday and we won’t get paid after that point. Also, they can’t even tell us if we will be able to collect unemployment. I can’t afford to miss out on any amount of pay and I think it was pretty evil to spring it on people an hour before they are suppose to go home.

    Comment by Boomba — June 30, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

  5. As long as the Casinos stay open, they can shut down everything else.

    Comment by stubbs — July 2, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

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