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Elections have consequences.
In those heady days when everyone was excited about Obama, a familiar refrain was often written when he did something good, appointed a smart person, issued an executive order, etc: Elections have consequences.
On the other side of the Delaware, in the persona of new Governor Chris Christie, people in New Jersey are getting a daily reminder of this.
In a series of proposed sweeping cuts aimed at closing a $2.2 billion gap in the state’s current-year budget by June 30, Gov. Chris Christie announced on Friday plans to slash operating aid to higher education in the state by $62.1 million.
Gov. Christie told a group of business leaders today that his first budget will not include a corporate business tax surcharge that has been repeatedly renewed by Democrats in Trenton.
Christie, a Republican who beat former Gov. Jon S. Corzine in November by promising to cut taxes and reduce government spending, said he will let the 4 percent surcharge sunset in the budget he will present on March 16....
Christie, who took office in January, also highlighted his decision to allow the expiration of higher income tax rates that Corzine began last year to help balance his last state budget.
The $158 million the governor robbed from the Clean Energy Fund is dedicated money utility customers can use to help fund energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy projects.
These funds match investments in solar and wind and help consumers buy energy-efficient appliances or winterize homes. Cutting this fund will eliminate up to 4,000 private sector jobs in New Jersey while impacting another 20,000.
The news for mass transit commuters keeps getting worse.
Lakeland Bus Lines will implement a fare increase by June, company controller Greg Mazzarisi said on Friday. The exact amount hasn't been determined, but Mazzarisi said he expects it will be under 10 percent.
The disclosure about Lakeland Bus comes as NJ Transit riders are contemplating the prospect of a draconian fare hike of anywhere from 20 to 30 percent, coupled with likely service reductions. NJ Transit is grappling with a budget shortfall exacerbated by a sizable cut in its state subsidy.
Meanwhile, while bus and train commuters are about to get slammed, those who drive to work are catching a break. Gov. Chris Christie, who ordered a reduction in NJ Transit's state subsidy, has ruled out raising the state's gasoline tax even though it last went up in 1988 and is among the lowest in the nation.
Gov. Chris Christie’s freezing of $475 million in aid to 500 school districts could cause layoffs, program reductions and higher property taxes for residents in Cape May County.
On top of that, Christie has also promised 15 percent less state aid for schools next year.
Gov. Chris Christie today froze nearly all actions by a controversial state board that for a quarter century has pushed towns across New Jersey to build affordable housing, promising municipalities their "nightmare is over."
The governor’s executive order also created a committee to report on how to provide affordable housing, including housing designed to ensure people can live in towns in which they work, while considering the environment and open space...
The action drew fire from affordable housing advocates, who called the order illegal, and praise from municipal groups and attorneys.
Let's keep that in mind as we get closer to our own elections this spring and fall. Elections have consequences. And, as we know, those consequences can be devastating.