Posts Tagged New Jersey
Is it possible that Governor Christie will be labeled a racist by the end of his second term? His recent school funding proposal may just achieve it. School funding in New Jersey is currently a weighted system that has 30 years of history and Supreme Court backing. Despite this, Christie is attempting to deliver a campaign promise some six and a half years old, lower property taxes. Under Christies plan, $6,599 will be allocated for each and every pupil in the state, K-12. So a student in Haddonfield NJ with a median income of $86,477 will receive the same as a student in Camden NJ with a median income of $26,000.
Haddonfield’s population, The racial makeup of the borough is 95.23% white. By contrast Camden’s, population is roughly 83% non-white. Christie’s plan is an attack on the poor and subsequently in many cases minorities. The juxtaposition of these two locations is just one of many throughout the state. School funding and geography, under the Christie plan the rich will continue to get richer. Christie to be labeled a racist? This proposal is a disgusting attack on the poor and middle-class at minimum.
New Jersey lawmakers have proposed increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 in bill A-15 & S-15. Voted mostly on party lines in the Assembly, the bill also passed the Senate Budget Committee 4-3. If the bill makes it to Governor Christie it has NO CHANCE. Christie previously vetoed minimum wage increases, until it was passed by voters in a ballot question. It is pretty much a guarantee that the lowest paid workers in NJ will need to wait until Christie is out or in 2017 when it may make on the ballot for voters to decide.
Attempting to deceive in headlines? Blue Jersey wrote a piece on June 18 titled “A graduated minimum wage hike up to $15.00 likely to be approved in 2017” There is NOTHING “likely” about an increase being approved in 2017. so why would you write this? (to get reads or generate support?) Their post goes on to support the increase and urges YOU to contact your legislative representatives to do so. A fantastic idea and lets get it going!
For all the news surfers who read titles and excerpts> Increasing the states minimum wage in a new bill isn’t likely any time soon. Look forward to the January 2017 cost of living increase which is not a fable, its the law.
“No more dirty school books” is no longer just the summer anthem. So you have a high school student taking Algebra 2 and that student comes home from school and asks for help. My first thought obviously, SURE! The next statement, “let me see your math book”. What would your thought be when the student responds “we don’t have books”? Horror would be my first thought considering that I haven’t worked on any advanced math in many years. This event happened to a friend of mine who was venting to me about the issue. Yes issue. Modern schooling in America is moving away from books, and parents are being left behind to figure out how they can help their kids. So my friend spent hours in an attempt to help their child, scanning the internet, trying to find the answers to the questions the child had. Many questions were left unanswered leaving the student and parent frustrated and angry. Not good when the next day is the big test! What frustration and angst.
Budget cuts they aren’t just in urban schools. The school the student attends is in a middle-class suburban bedroom community (not that this guarantee’s proper funding). I can get that maybe History, English or Science may get away without a book in the modern internet age, but MATH? Having long been removed from dealing with high-school homework the questions I ask you: Am I wrong to think that Math needs a text book? My advice to my friend was to go to Board Of Ed meetings, ask the question “why is no textbooks okay”. Point of information, the school doesn’t supply I-Pads to students as some bookless schools do. Is this what Alice Cooper had in mind when singing “…….no more dirty school books” ? No child left behind? What about NO PARENT LEFT BEHIND.
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The first half of 2016 has not been good for Camden NJ. Crime is up 42% from last year. Camden is on its way to being 2016’s most dangerous city in America. The first quarter of the year for Camden saw over 1600 crimes compared to 1385 the prior year. Not so long ago President Obama was visiting Camden touting it as a role model for the nation? What has changed? In a Courier Post article back in April, a spokesman for the Camden County Police Department cited staffing as a big concern. When founded the force was planned to have over 400 officers, currently they have a few over 350 with high turnover being blamed. Could it be the low salaries of $32,000? And is this the only reason for increasing crime?
Camden is heading back to being #1 in murder after a brief one year drop to 6 last year. Continuing the same approach when it clearly is/has not worked. How much police turnover will it take before real change will be made? Investment, Investment, INVESTMENT! Not just in police salaries (good start) but also in bringing business and jobs into the city. Governor Christie can be added to the long list of governor’s who have failed in making progress in Camden. The 2016 most dangerous city in America? Policing changes, curfews haven’t worked, so what’s next? Military presence and a wall?
Alex Law with Hillary Clinton ties? Perception is everything and recently one might believe he is with Clinton and vice-versa. Law is running against incumbent Donald Norcross who one may describe as politics as usual. Norcross has the support of the Democratic machine of South Jersey. And has been endorsed by President Obama. With the primary in New Jersey coming June 7, Law has momentum. The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Alex Law recently and Law has lit up social media, particularly Facebook with the article and picture that topped it. This picture of himself side by side with Hillary Clinton. Alex Law endorsed Bernie Sanders so what’s with the picture?
Politics: Alex Law is a politician and is proving this in the use of the endorsement. You may say “what’s the big deal?” The big deal is you can’t and shouldn’t have your cake and eat it too which is what Law is doing. Clinton is the perceived winner, and Law is looking to capitalize on his picture sided with Clinton’s. Progressive and anti-establishment is Laws platform. He supports Black Lives Matter, ending the wage gap, Planned Parenthood, Corporate Tax Reform, LGBTQ Rights, just to name a few, more on his campaign by following the link. And supports Sanders or maybe he changed his mind? I came upon his campaign when he spoke of the issues he supports last year in Collingswood. I liked what he had to say and still do. With that said should he use the endorsement? Well YES! he most certainly should. Should Law have someone edit the picture for his social media use taking Clintons picture out? I would say yes, as its misleading and is not what he says he supports. Or does he support Clinton? Perception is everything and currently opportunist is my perception, and it is a turn-off.