6:22.10: And there was the headline: “N.J.’s $29.4B budget compromise softens cuts to poor, disabled and students.”
The budget compromise between Democrats and Republicans––between Christie and Sweeney apparently “softens” cuts to the poor, disabled and students. So there still will be cuts––to the poor, to the disabled, the students––but now it’s been “softened”. I’m sure the poor, disabled and students feel just great about that. That services which provide a safety net for them won’t have quite as many “holes” in it.
Whoop Dee Doo.
Here are some things that were apparently placed back in the budget under the “compromise” that was hammered out between Sweeney and Christie:
Garrett Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital – $6,370,000
NJ After 3 – $3,000,000
Sheltered workshops for people with disabilities – $3,000,000
Adult medical day care – $2,379,000
Education services for blind children $20,000
Did you see that last item?
Under the original Christie budget, a mere $20,000 was cut for “education services for blind children”. Can you imagine that the Democrats had to FIGHT to get $20,000 for educational services for blind children!–– back into the budget!
And today, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark backed Christie’s 2.5 on municipal budgets.
And who says the Democrats don’t have backbones?
Meanwhile, since the war in Iraq began–– the city of Newark sent more than $528,652,577 to Washington to the War in Iraq. The entire state of New Jersey sent more than $33,320,579,784 to support the war in Iraq.
In fact, if we had even just one third of the money we’ve sent Washington in support of the war in Iraq–––we would not be talking about a of 2.5% on municipal budgets.
And we certainly wouldn’t be talking about whether or not it was worth to fund educational services for blind children for $20,000.
So it goes.