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# Saturday, July 1, 2006

I just heard that my governor has shut down half the state government because some other politicians won't go along with his plan to increase sales tax.  Given that New Jersey has the most ridiculous property tax I've heard of, and we're supposedly the most densely populated state in the union, I find it hard to believe that we really need to increase the sales tax to balance our budget.  Apparently, a lot of politicians agree.

Not only is he shutting down stuff, but he's also keeping government employees working without pay.  That's just not right.  For his own sake, and for all the affected gov. employees, I hope they figure something out quickly...

Saturday, July 1, 2006 10:05:35 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
Monday, July 3, 2006 12:17:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I am with you on this one. And to top it all off you cannot play the lottery which brings in millions in funds for the government and by Wednesday at 8 A.M. the casinos in Atlantic City will have to cease any and all gambling. Reports show that these casinos bring in over $2 million a day. (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2146666)

Now you know that although the regular state employees that have to work (police, mental institutes, prisons, etc.) without pay, that our great politicians will certainly get their pay. And if they want to start cutting some funds why not look a little closer to home and start with their expense accounts and their paychecks?

What a mess!

Monday, July 3, 2006 2:48:26 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Yeah. I read yesterday that the governor was meeting with others at his mansion right here in Princeton. It's called "Drumthwacket." I love the name; in fact, we've driven by it many times and commented on it before we knew it was the governor's mansion.

We drove by today and saw some state employees working on the gate area, so apparently, as long as the employees are there to serve the governor personally, they can keep working. Geesh...
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