Have Ideas How To Improve The State?

lightbulb ideasNew Jerseyans get the opportunity this week to share their ideas for making the Garden State a better place to live. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, D-East Orange, and Republican Leader Alex DeCroce of Morris Plains will co-host a public hearing Tuesday afternoon where constituents can offer their suggestions firsthand. The four-hour session will be held at the State House Annex in Trenton. “We’re going to be there for one reason and one reason only — to listen to New Jerseyans and their ideas,” Oliver said. “We know the problems, but we know we also work for the public, so we want to hear firsthand their ideas for solutions.”

Citizens wishing to testify before the lawmakers may make a reservation with the
Legislative Budget and Finance Office at 609-292-8030 or by e-mailing lbfo(at)njleg.org. Those sending e-mails should include their names phone numbers.

“As representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to listen to suggestions
on how to make New Jersey a better and more affordable place to live,” DeCroce said.
“I am hopeful that our first hearing will generate many commonsense solutions to the problems facing our state.”

Others lawmakers expected to attend the session, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. in
Committee Room 11, include Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick of Westfield and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan, D-Union.

The session comes as new Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the legislature — where Democrats control both houses — seek solutions to numerous problems facing New Jersey state, with none more pressing than a gaping state budget deficit.

Officials hope it will help add transparency to government operations and encourage residents to become more actively involved in the legislative process. AP

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  1. Reel in the pension system. Combination of 30 years of service at age 60. Pension based on high 3 years not one. No part timers in pension system. No independent contractors in pension system. Unused sick leave credited to time in service and no cash pay out. All state, county and municipal employees pay 40% of their health insurance over a period of 4 years. That’s just for starters.

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