According to New Jersey 101.5, by Kevin McArdle, the typical summer vacation for the N.J. Legislature will not be happening this summer. Leaders of both houses agreed that there is too much work to do, and no reason to delay this important work until the fall.
According to Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus), there are too many things on the agenda to delay. The Transportation Trust Fund must be addressed because the road infrastructure is badly in need of repair, and without a revenue stream, its funding must be addressed.
A perennial work in progress is addressing New Jersey’s high property taxes. Prieto feels that after ten years in office, nothing has been done to address the fact that New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.
Wouldn’t one realize that after ten years, with nothing being done to ease the property tax burden on the homeowners of New Jersey, so many leave the state? Makes one wonder how many of the legislators actually live in New Jersey?
Check out Kevin’s article featuring what did not get accomplished by the State Legislature in 2013. About a billion dollars in sick leave payouts has been a sore spot to Governor Christie, as he addressed an event in Middlesex County last summer, but because the Legislature was on their summer break, his words would echo in the empty chambers.
How do you feel about the New Jersey Legislature not getting a summer break this year?