July 2, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:00 pm

Yesterday, former Do-Nothing Senator and now Tax-and-Spend Governor, Jon Corzine, shut down New Jersey’s State Government. All “non-essential” state workers were advised not to report to work until a budget is passed.

We went through the same crap last year, except then, at the eleventh hour, the then-Governor (You remember him) and the legislature figured out new ways to tax the citizens of New Jersey in order to permit the Political Swamp to continue to function.

The origin of this year’s train wreck is Governor Corzine’s decision to increase spending by approximately nine percent in the face of a massive deficit. In order to fund this lunacy, the Governor is adamant about raising the state sales tax from six percent to seven percent. He cleverly pitches this as a “one percent increase”. Even the Star Ledger characterized this as increasing the sales tax “by a penny”. This is, of course, pure bullshit.

Anyone who has made it through grammar school arithmetic knows, or damned well should know, that raising the sales tax from six percent to seven percent means that New Jersey taxpayers will be paying sixteen percent more sales tax if the Governor has his way. Sixteen percent more! Think about that for a minute, and it is obvious why the Governor is wedded to this idea.

The democrats in the state legislature are frightened that eventually the people will catch on and run their asses out of offices. Heaven forbid. This is why no budget was passed and why the state government has been shut down. The democrats in the legislature are burning the midnight oil trying to find ways to raise the same amount of revenue in a way that is not so obvious to the lames who continue to vote them into office. (E.g. increased payroll taxes are on the table).

The Governor’s Shutdown Plan is more about getting people’s attention than making wise moves. For example, the first thing to go was the State Lottery, something that puts $2.2 dollars per day in the states coffers, all of which is voluntarily ponied up by taxpayers. He tried to close the racetracks, but the racing folks got a break from the court for a day or so. Closing the tracks over the weekend would have cost the state about $1 million. He has promised to close (gasp!) the casinos, which are privately owned, but require state employees on site keep an eye on things. (Note: The Casinos, not the government, pays these folks.) The government makes about $1.2 million per day from the casinos. It’s all about attention.

As I said last year, the legislature and the Governor had better sort this out quickly before the taxpayers realize how many of the “non-essential” workers could be better classified as “non-necessary”.

The folks at Enlighten-New Jersey are all over this mess.


  1. You need this and you need it now.

    Comment by dogette — July 2, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

  2. Dogette,

    You’re absolutely right. I just ordered it.

    Comment by Jim — July 2, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

  3. The way I am reading the news the state legislature is wanting to increase property taxes to make up the dufference. If the democrat base there is like it is here the majority don’t own property or if they do it has enough homestead exemption that a raise will not hurt them It is business property that gets hit hard with property taxes. as I said on my place–call them Robbing Hoods..take it from those who have it and give it to those who don’t. Some call it populsism. I call it socialism. Makes one want to go buy another chain saw…

    Comment by GUYK — July 2, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  4. NJ state workers will be paid retroactively whether on not they work for the days the government is shut down. And no, it doesn’t count against their 14 paid holidays plus 3 personal days, or their 2 to 5 weeks of paid vacation.

    Comment by Enlighten-NewJersey — July 2, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

  5. “Even the Star Ledger characterized this as increasing the sales tax “by a penny”.”

    Beloved husband notes that – if it’s only a penny, they really don’t need it now do they? So why doesn’t the Star Ledger make up that tiny little difference. *grin*

    As for closing the government – that’s a good thing -they should keep it closed and everyone would be better off. hehehehehehe.

    I know our sales tax here in Massachusetts is lower than it was in Illinois. I don’t know what it is exactly – but at Starbucks I save 7 cents per drink. 🙂 I then extrapolate that to all the stuff I buy.

    Comment by Teresa — July 3, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  6. just another wondrous example of “your tax dollars at work”

    or not at work, eh?

    Comment by mr. helpful — July 3, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

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