Key components of Christie’s second State of the State

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s big announcement today was a 10 percent income tax cut. But what else was in the text of his second State of the State address?

THE FUTURE:

-Reduction of income tax rates by 10 percent across the board

-Full restoration of Earned Income Tax Credit cut in 2010

-Opposition to tax increase for top earners

-Denouncement of Supreme Court’s Abbott decision and school funding formula

-Call for education reform: teacher tenure; last-in, first-out; merit pay; and educator placement

-Call for charter school reform: authorizers; streamlined processes; and focus on failing school districts

-Press for the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act

-Introduction of a bail reform package, mirror of federal system (may require constitutional amendment)

-Expand drug court pilot program statewide; divert non-violent offenders from prison and mandate treatment

THE PAST:

-Balanced budget, reversal of “declines, deficits, and departures”

-Cut spending two years in a row

-Shrinking unemployment rate and private sector job growth

-Pension system “saved” for public workers, $120 billion saved

Key components of Christie’s second State of the State