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As A Matter Of Fact…1 in 6 New Jerseyans hit By Governor’s vetoes


From July 11th, 2011 | Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact …

By Raymond J. Castro, Senior Policy Analyst

One in six New Jerseyans will be adversely affected by line-item vetoes of two critical programs in the budget Governor Christie signed last week.

Today, the state Senate is expected to vote on restoring funding for those programs – the state Earned Income Tax Credit and NJ Family Care. Doing so, however, will require bipartisan support in order to achieve two-thirds majority.

The governor’s vetoes represented unprecedented cutbacks in state services and will affect more than 1.5 million residents, mostly low-income working families with children. Without these supports many parents will be unable to continue to work in low and moderate wage jobs that support their children in a state with one of the highest costs of living in the nation.

Last week the Legislature passed a state budget that fully funded these program. However the governor in New Jersey has considerably more power than governors in many states and has the discretion to delete any funds proposed for specific programs – or any “line item” in the budget. The only way that those funds can be restored is for the Legislature to vote to overturn each veto with a two-thirds vote.

When voting on each line-item, it will be important that legislators know what the impact is on people in their districts. New Jersey Policy Perspective has created an analysis to show the number of people, county by county, who will be affected by these two line item vetos, which were among dozens of vetoes by the governor.

Budgets reflect a state’s priorities. The public does not always know where individual legislators stand on those priorities because the budget is usually voted on in its entirety. That will all change today, and we hope that each lawmaker, regardless of party, recognizes just how devastating these cuts can be to wide numbers of New Jerseyans.

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Governor Corzine: "He Gets It"

New Jerseyans speak about how Governor Jon Corzine’s leadership has made New Jersey one of the best states in the nation on educating our children.

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Kids Can Mail Letters to Santa at Middletown Post Office

I was over at the Route 35  Middletown Post Office the other day, picking up stamps so that my wife and I could send out our Christmas cards (sorry if you didn’t make the list). While waiting for her to finish the purchase I noticed in the entry lobby, this little, red, old fashioned mail box marked North Pole(pictured above).

If I hadn’t happened to look down, I would not have seen it. It is positioned about 6 inches off the floor at a perfect hight for any child younger than 7 years old.  
I really thought that this was a terrific idea. Can you think of any better way in which to get your little ones excited for Santa’s arrival, then letting them write and mail their own letters to the “Big Guy”?
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to ask the Post Master what happened to the letters after the were placed in the mailbox. I don’t know if they are opened and read, or if  Santa’s elves will answer some of the wishes of the more needy children, it certainly would be nice if that were the case. 
I just thought that it was a nice holiday, kid friendly jesture by the people at the Middletown Post Office.

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Kids Can Mail Letters to Santa at Middletown Post Office

I was over at the Route 35  Middletown Post Office the other day, picking up stamps so that my wife and I could send out our Christmas cards (sorry if you didn’t make the list). While waiting for her to finish the purchase I noticed in the entry lobby, this little, red, old fashioned mail box marked North Pole(pictured above).

If I hadn’t happened to look down, I would not have seen it. It is positioned about 6 inches off the floor at a perfect hight for any child younger than 7 years old.  
I really thought that this was a terrific idea. Can you think of any better way in which to get your little ones excited for Santa’s arrival, then letting them write and mail their own letters to the “Big Guy”?
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to ask the Post Master what happened to the letters after the were placed in the mailbox. I don’t know if they are opened and read, or if  Santa’s elves will answer some of the wishes of the more needy children, it certainly would be nice if that were the case. 
I just thought that it was a nice holiday, kid friendly jesture by the people at the Middletown Post Office.

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Filed under children, Christmas, holidays, Letters to Santa, mailbox, Middletown Post Office, North Pole, Santa Clause, the Big Guy