Barbara Buono has big plans for education in New Jersey.
Now, all she needs is a way to pay for it all.
Buono is a state senator from Middlesex County and the Democratic candidate for next week’s gubernatorial election in the Garden State, where she hopes to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, who is seeking his second term as New Jersey’s chief executive. Much of the campaign has been fought over education policy, which should come as no surprise after Christie spent much of his first term in pitched battles with the state’s teachers union and education establishment.
HEAD TO HEAD: Voters will have to choose between the competing education policies of state Sen. Barbara Buono and Gov. Chris Christie in Tuesday’s election.
In ads, Buono slams Christie for cutting as much as $800 million from basic education and abandoning the state’s so-called “funding formula” for public schools. She promises to restore that funding — and more.
“I believe that we need to build on what we have in New Jersey, the traditional public schools,” Buono said last week.
But Buono and her campaign have been relatively silent on how the state’s taxpayers would pay for all that. The one, oft-repeated line is a familiar one: make the rich pay their “fair share” to support public education.
Christmas may be two full months away but the weather is turning colder, the sky is growing grayer and tenenbaums are on full display in hardware stores.
And if you happen to live in New Jersey’s 27th legislative district (encompassing portions of Morris and Essex counties), then Santa Claus Codey is already in your mailbox. Unfortunately for you, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you’ve been in 2013; this kringle is taking from you and giving your stuff to someone else.
I was there on April 15, 2009, in a lashing nor’easter.
There were small groups of Americans from all walks of life across the country holding signs and protesting the mountain of taxes that Americans find themselves under every day. Our cars are taxed. Our properties are taxed. Our phone calls are taxed. Our hotel rooms are taxed. Our cell phones are taxed. Our beer is taxed. Our income is taxed. Nearly everything we own or touch is taxed by some governmental agency. So, in 2009, a nationwide effort took shape to protest all of these taxes. It took the acronym T.E.A. This stood for Taxed Enough Already. This fit nicely into a story that we all learned in grade school about the Boston Tea Party.
American patriots threw crates of tea, as the story goes, into Boston harbor to protest the tea tax. It was an aspect of the “no taxation without representation” cry that the colonist utilized as part of the justification for the American Revolution. Thus, the T.E.A. Party was born. It was, in fact, the Taxed Enough Already Party.
Here’s another stark example with near term implications: the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released the results of an interesting comparative analysis of the respective economic/fiscal plans set forth by Steve Lonegan (R-Bogota) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans.
You won’t be surprised to know there’s a big difference between the candidates.
$101 billion big.
According to NTU, Booker’s proposals would add $33 billion per year to the federal budget whereas Steve Lonegan’s proposals would save taxpayers approximately $68 billion on an annual basis. And that’s just the spending; Cory Booker is also pitching $1.486 trillion in new taxes.
As part of my ongoing effort to introduce candidates to the voting public, Save Jerseyans, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence, it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce you to 18th District’s Assembly candidate Robert Bengivenga, Jr.
A long-time resident of South Plainfield, Mr. Bengivenga went on to the University of Scranton where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing. After graduation, he continued on to build a career in sales and marketing management. His political experience includes being elected to South Plainfield Council in 2005, a position that he still holds to the present day.
My interview with Assembly Candidate Robert Bengivenga, Jr. is below the fold…
With Election Day inching closer, frankly, I’m starting to think that Buono should go with the “Bono” (/ˈbɒnoʊ/) version after all. It’d only help her lukewarm name recognition. Bono’s politics are also a little less extreme than her own these days, at least when it comes to tax policy.
This bizarre claim comes just a day after Booker attacked Steve Lonegan for leading the fight against cap-and-trade energy taxes in New Jersey. Those energy taxes — which Booker would not only like to see New Jersey re-adopt on the state level, but has also promised to support nationally in the form of a cap-and-trade scheme or outright carbon tax — would be a devastating tax hike “on the working and middle classes.”
The carbon tax Booker supports would, according to an analysis by the National Association of Manufacturers, increase natural gas bills 40 percent, raises the price at the pump 20 cents a gallon, increase electric bills 9.2 percent, and destroy over 30,000 New Jersey jobs. And that’s the first year impact; there would also be an automatic annual tax hike, making the burden on the working and middle classes much more crushing over time.