The dollars we need. The dollars we can use for everyday operation of life in this state The dollars we want but can do without,. And of course how are we going to get the dollars?
I am not going to put my 2cents in at this time on this issue, but suggest a radical solution to a fundamental fault. A solution which no one in any governmental level in this state wishes to face.
New Jersey's biggest problem is the pyramidal configuration that constitutes political structure.
- The base is the local community unit
- Above that is the County governmental structure
- Finally. there is the typical two body legislative organization, The Executive branch with sundry administrations an bureaus, and the legal portion.
To be considered at level (1) The nature of local communities, the possibility of combining smaller ones into larger groups despite diversity that can operate more efficiently with less duplication of services.
At level (2) the County political structure. Antiquated and unnecessary. Most of its present functions can be either delegated to the community or absorbed by the State. This is an area which citizens have little knowledge but is one of Jerseys greatest source for it is reputation as the " Soprano State". The counties are the greatest source for political patronage and nepotism.
At the State level, the number of agencies, commissions, bureaus etc must be examined for reduction by assimilation or elimination of those not needed.
Of course, unless there is an overwhelming demand by the taxpayers/voters none of this will happen. Can you see any of the present Republican or Democrat now holding office willing to kill their golden goose for the benefit of you and I.
There is need of a expanding grass root structure to force on the ballot an amendment requiring the Constitutional Revision and then the ability to elect those with a true desire.