Naomi Bressler

 

Governor should follow-through on promise to evaluate all tax incentives and breaks

In what Democrats said was an attempt to bring jobs to the state, legislative leaders this week attempted to over-ride vetoes by Governor Christie of nine bills. Republicans, many of whom voted in favor of the bills before they were sent to the governor’s desk, switched their votes and stood with the governor, who said the state could not afford the $600 million price tag of the legislation.

Panasonic’s move to Newark would be zero sum game

Using taxpayers’ money for an arms race between states for jobs is bad enough. But pitting one municipality against another, moving players without a net gain and failing to play fairly amounts to a foul.

Newark, 1. Secaucus, 0.

That’s the score card for people keeping track of the battle for Panasonic’s 800 jobs. If Panasonic decides to stay in New Jersey, a decision the company has said it still has not made, the company’s employees will find themselves commuting to Newark, not Secaucus, by 2013. The $102.4 million subsidy the New Jersey Economic Development Authority agreed to give Panasonic if it decides to make that move, is certainly a win for Newark and SJP Properties and Matrix Development Group, the developers of the yet-to-be-built Newark building. The Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit also leaves losers, namely Secaucus and the company’s current landlord, Hartz Mountain Industries.

N.J.'s tipped workers need fairness in law

During the holiday season, many said thanks by tipping the people who take care of them during the year. These are the people who take care of their children, clean their houses and cut their hair. They are the people who walk their dogs, deliver their newspaper and serve their food. And, because many of these people are only guaranteed a fraction of the full minimum wage from their employer, they rely on these tips to help them make ends meet.

New Jersey cannot afford to cancel rail tunnel project

A little more than 24 hours after canceling New Jersey’s commitment to help pay for a second rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and agreed to rethink his decision. Although the hour-long meeting did not resolve the governor’s concerns about how the tunnel should be funded, it did emphasize one important point: New Jersey has options beyond simply walking away.