Sometimes when we cover a certain story over several consecutive months, the conclusion can seem, well, anti-climactic.
Governor Corzine signed the fiscal year 2010 budget in a ceremony in back of the State House which left me with the question of now what am I gonna cover?
The spending plan is $28.9 billion. That is smaller than last year and even smaller than the first budget Corzine signed back in 2006. He was joined by fellow Democrats who help shepherd the plan through exhaustive hearings in the legislature’s budget committees.
Not a single Republican voted for this plan, and several lawmakers issued statements condemning the governor for it. Chris Christie the Republican gubernatorial candidate said it raises $1.2 billion in new taxes, and more than a million people will also be losing their property tax rebate from last year.
Corzine was asked about new taxes on alcohol, wine and cigarettes, and he said they are “relatively small” when compared to property tax bills. However, he acknowledged his critics and their right to speak out against his spending plan.
Lest we forget this is an election year, and no doubt people are going to hold him accountable for how the state spends their money. I guess the question is how many folks will take their anger out on him at the ballot box in November?