Push Comes To Shove
I said awhile ago that, despite some early promisnig signs, the real test of whether Governor Christie is taking our state’s budgetary problems and tax problems seriously would be in the details of his budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Those details are out. Paul Mulshine is not very impressed (to say the least), and neither am I – we get increased direct spending on the state level, with costs shifted even more to suburban municipalities via cuts in state aid to those municipalities (and thus even higher property taxes since those are expenditures that will not be easy for municipalities to cut…awesome!). As Mulshine points out, we essentially just get more of the same problems that we had during the Corzine years. Of course, we get the appearance of cuts to government spending since he’s technically cutting state spending. But in reality, all that he seems to be doing is shifting even more of the burden for existing state government spending onto the suburbs that carried him into office.
Somebody wake me up when the Republican Party is ready to get serious about actual governance again.