Yesterday was a momentous day in New Jersey. Many school budgets were put to the voting booth test and 54% of them failed. The voters have taken a stand and told our local school boards that we are tired of the bloated budgets and bloated administrative staffs that are pervasive throughout the state. As an example, in Holmdel Township, Monmouth County, the Barbara Duncan makes a little over $203,000 a year. Believe it or not, folks, that’s more than the governor of the state. I am still scratching my head at the fact that the chief executive of New Jersey makes less money than a superintendent of a school district.
This is just one example of waste in the Garden State. We have the highest property taxes in the nation; unemployment in this state is on par with the national average; we have over $30 billion dollars in debt.
Governor Christie has taken steps to get the state budget back in line by cutting the funding to various state departments, education getting an 8% cut. The teachers, of course, are up in arms over this. Actually, I would read this as the New Jersey Education Association (the union) as brainwashing the teachers into thinking that it’s the governor’s fault that teachers and programs are being cut for the school year 2010-2011. The governor has no power to fire teachers or cut programs. The blame for this is placed squarely on the shoulders of the school boards and local unions. They decide how the money is distributed in their districts. Of course teachers are going to be cut; better the teachers than themselves or their cronies.
Yesterday, New Jersey took a stand. We are seeing the same sort of movement across the country in the form of the Tea Party movement. I’ve become more involved in politics since the last election; I plan on staying that way or becoming more involved. It’s time to take back our state and to take back our country.
More on this in future postings.