By Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Politicians like to talk about budgetary issues and challenges in pieces -ignoring the big-picture, and inconvenient, collateral effects of their proposed solutions. Even the public, and well-meaning editorial boards, fall prey to this segmentation mentality hoping there is an answer that doesn’t eviscerate their particular sacred cow. Throw in the fact that there is a general belief in a magic bullet that will fix our budget problems and you have a dangerous mix of ignorance and irrational expectation. It is time to clear that up. Governor Christie is right when he says our budget problems are serious. The solutions are going to be painful.
First, let’s understand that the causes of the problem are rooted in the actions, over the last 20 years, of legislators and governors – Republicans and Democrats – who were either well-meaning, but ultimately ill-informed, or those who consciously opted for political expediency knowing their actions would ultimately bankrupt the state. The former motivation is sad, the latter reprehensible.
Making certain assumptions about things we can and can’t fund, our structural deficit is around $6.75 billion – inclusive of $1.6 billion in transportation investment per year but exclusive of things we’d love to do like cut property taxes.admin | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Budget Deficits, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Legislature, Opinion | 4 Comments »
“Water Infrastructure Protection Act”, sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assemblyman Sean Kean, would allow municipalities or their utility authorities to sell or lease water and sewer systems to private entities without a referendum in cases of defined emergencies.Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County, NJ State Legislature | Tags: New Jersey, NJ Legislature, Sewer Authorities, Water Utilities | Comments Off
School nurses and other trained personnel would be authorized to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11).
Casagrande’s bill, A-304 was passed in the Assembly, 73-0, on May 22 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee unanimously this morning. If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to Governor Chris Christie whose signature will make it law.
“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”
Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.admin | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Caroline Casagrande, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: anaphylactic reaction, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Epinephrine, Food Allergies, NJ Legislature, NJ Schools, Schools | 4 Comments »
TRENTON — National Geographic Traveler’s annual photo contest is open until June 30, but don’t submit that gorgeous Shore picture just yet. According to the rules, the contest bans entries from Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Syria — and New…
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A bill that criminalizes bestiality passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday by a 6-0 bipartisan vote.
Use, or cause or procure the use of, an animal or creature in any kind of sexual manner or initiate any kind of sexual contact with the animal or creature, including, but not limited to, sodomizing the animal or creature. As used in this paragraph, “sexual contact” means any contact between a person and an animal by penetration of the penis or a foreign object into the vagina or anus, contact between the mouth and genitalia, or by contact between the genitalia of one and the genitalia or anus of the other. This term does not include any medical procedure performed by a licensed veterinarian practicing veterinary medicine or an accepted animal husbandry practice.
Penalties for those convicted include fines up to $15,000 and imprisonment for as long as five years. Additionally, the bill directs the courts to impose Community Service for up to 30 day at a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a municipality”s animal control program. Is that a good idea?Posted: June 13th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Bestiality, Crime, NJ Legislature, Sex with animals | 6 Comments »