Gov. Christie: Sign Off On My Proposals To Stabilize Property Tax Growth Or Accept Responsibility For The Layoffs

christieNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued an ultimatum to the Legislature today: Sign off on his proposals to stabilize property tax growth or accept responsibility for the layoffs and service cuts that will occur next year. The Republican used his strongest language yet to urge the Democrat-controlled Legislature to act on proposals he put forth months ago. The reforms are supposed to help mayors be able to budget within a 2 percent cap that becomes effective Jan. 1. Read more in Star Ledger.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. So wait, if they do sign off on his reforms will HE accept responsibility for layoffs or just blame the unions and greedy (but tax paying) public servants??

  2. Umm, his implications are that the layoffs wouldn’t be needed, at least on the scale that they would be without the reforms.

    Also, tax paying public servants don’t add a net-gain to the economy since they take more than they give.

  3. The governor’s logic (whether or not you agree) is that by capping raises for municipal workers, a municipality will not have to layoff some workers in order to fund the raises for others. Since laying off workers theoretically results in reduction of municipal services, that is how the “don’t blame me for the layoffs and service cuts” threat is substantiated. This theory was applied to several school budgets in the state this past Spring. In some districts, the teacher’s unions agreed to contract concessions concerning raises to avoid having many non-tenured members lose their jobs.

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