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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Republicans to hold their own toll-hike meetings

Republicans will hold their own town meetings on Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s asset monetization plan with a goal of seeking public input on the scheme, showing little confidence in the governor’s own set of meetings currently rolling through New Jersey’s 21 counties.

A Republican task force headed by New Jersey State Assembly members Michael Doherty, Richard Merkt, and Caroline Casagrande will hold the meetings in several locations around the state, mirroring Gov. Corzine’s own outreach efforts.

Gov. Corzine is currently holding his ownmeetings on the plan, which calls for large hikes in highway tolls to be used to pay for the debt incurred in a massive bond issue. Those bond moneys would be used to pay off half of the state’s $32 billion debt and also provide money for the state’s dwindling Transportation Trust Fund.

Unlike the governor’s meetings, the Republicans plan on making the meetings open to all members of the public without the need for registering prior to attendance.

The stated goal of the meetings is to both assess the plan and ask for other solutions favored by state residents, Republicans said.

The governor has said he would like to see the legislature pass the plan – which includes other financial measures designed to rein in runaway state spending – by mid-March, although the looks like a daunting task, based upon reaction from both state residents and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

“The governor is doing his best to rush this proposal through the legislature in the next two months and we want to make sure the public has an opportunity to provide its input on this matter,” said Mr. Dougherty, R-Warren and Hunterdon, in a statement. “I am not at all confident that the town meetings being conducted by the governor are an accurate representation of the public’s concerns on these matters.”

A schedule of planned meetings is expected to be released later this week.

2 comments:

Daniel said...

STOP COSTLY DELAWARE RIVER FLOODING AND SAVE NJ TAXPAYERS MILLIONS!!


Governor Corzine...

* You are a member of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).

* In this role, you must act to STOP Upstate NY Reservoirs’ from flooding the Delaware River.

* To STOP manmade floods, Upstate NY Reservoirs must not exceed 80% year-round. Otherwise, heavy rains and snow thaw will spill Reservoirs’ waters into the Delaware River, causing floods like the 3 tragic ones we have had since 2004.

* YOU MUST VOTE “NO” in MAY on the DRBC’s proposed Plan for regulating Upstate NY Reservoirs dumping into the Delaware River (called the “FFMP”) – These Reservoirs create manmade floods for our many NJ towns.

* OUR NJ MUNICIPALITIES CANNOT AFFORD REPEATED FLOOD CATASTROPHES!!

* It’s NJ’s money: OUR local economies and our citizen’s lives and well-being are at stake.


STOP MANMADE FLOODS.

LOCAL ECONOMIES AND BUDGETS ARE MAXED OUT!

MANMADE FLOODS ARE COSTING NJ BIG $$$$

Daniel said...

STOP COSTLY DELAWARE RIVER FLOODING AND SAVE NJ TAXPAYERS MILLIONS!!

Governor Corzine...

* You are a member of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).

* In this role, you must act to STOP Upstate NY Reservoirs’ from flooding the Delaware River.

* To STOP manmade floods, Upstate NY Reservoirs must not exceed 80% year-round. Otherwise, heavy rains and snow thaw will spill Reservoirs’ waters into the Delaware River, causing floods like the 3 tragic ones we have had since 2004.

* YOU MUST VOTE “NO” in MAY on the DRBC’s proposed Plan for regulating Upstate NY Reservoirs dumping into the Delaware River (called the “FFMP”) – These Reservoirs create manmade floods for our many NJ towns.

* OUR NJ MUNICIPALITIES CANNOT AFFORD REPEATED FLOOD CATASTROPHES!!

* It’s NJ’s money: OUR local economies and our citizen’s lives and well-being are at stake.


STOP MANMADE FLOODS.

LOCAL ECONOMIES AND BUDGETS ARE MAXED OUT!

MANMADE FLOODS ARE COSTING NJ BIG $$$$