Our State Supreme Court went OUT OF ITS WAY for Jon “Cosa Nostra” Corzine. These Justices are supposed to determine if something is constitutional – NOT LEGISLATE
What can we do about it – well: the crux of the issue is the following comment in the Star Ledger’s article:
“Lawmakers, concerned about audits that suggested hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted in the initial construction program, have been reluctant to consider additional funding for the program.”
Well – it’s these lawmakers that must be shown the door next election cycle.
REMEMBER: YOUR VOICE COUNTS!
NJ Supreme Court gives Corzine time on school construction
The state Supreme Court today agreed to give Gov. Jon Corzine and the state Legislature a chance to pony up additional funds for New Jersey’s depleted $8.6 billion school construction program.
In a brief 6-0 ruling released this afternoon, the high court rejected appeals by attorneys for Newark, Elizabeth and other needy communities to demand immediate funding for the construction program.
Instead, the court accepted Corzine’s promise to propose legislation this month that would authorize another $2.5 billion for the construction program in 31 needy communities. The court specifically left open the option that attorneys can reopen their case if the promised relief is not delivered.
The court ordered the sweeping school building program a decade ago as part of an attempt to settle the long-running Abbott v. Burke lawsuit over state aid for schools in New Jersey’s poorest communities.
In the years since, the state has raised and spent more than $6 billion on the construction program. But hundreds of proposed schools remain unfunded, leaving thousands of students in outmoded, overcrowded or decrepit school buildings.
Lawmakers, concerned about audits that suggested hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted in the initial construction program, have been reluctant to consider additional funding for the program.