U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon County) voted against a bill Tuesday which could provide up to $268 million in funds to New Jersey to hire new teachers, citing the funding mechanisms in the legislation....
Lance, a former state senate minority leader and expert on state finances, has long opposed what he sees as one shot financing mechanisms.
"These federal bailouts exacerbate state and local funding problems by spurring drastic budget shortfalls once the federal funds run out and enabling states to avoid the tough budgetary choices necessary to live within their financial means," he said in a statement.In fairness, the food stamp cuts are despicable. But this "tough choices" rhetoric is just as bad.
We're in a recession, Len. The schools in your district got socked especially hard; many got NOTHING from the state for this year. You didn't want to get some money? You like the programs cuts and the sky-high raises in property taxes?
I, among many, will remember this in November.