“Clean Elections” or Abbott-Style Funding for “Most Needy” Politicians?
by Steve Lonegan, Executive Director, AFP-NJ
Trenton’s politicians would have you believe the answer to New Jersey’s high taxes is another convoluted state program; taxpayer funded elections. We have heard it over and over, ranging from phony promises that raising some broad-base tax would provide “property tax relief” to false claims about new departments “rooting out waste and corruption.”
The NJLP supports Steve Lonegan in his fight against so called "Clean Elections". Our platform specifically opposes taxpayer subsidies to politicians. Although, libertarians oppose any public financing of elections this proposal is horribly unjust - third parties can only get half of what the democrats and republicans can get despite having to meet the same qualifications.
Regulatory barriers to practicing particular professions are continuously being erected by government bodies to the detriment of our economy. The Institute for Justice has fought against arbitrary hair braiding licensing in Arizona, California, D.C., Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, and Washington. They have fought licensing of casket makers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The have fought against taxi and limousine licensing in Denver, New York City, and Las Vegas. Other battles they have fought were against monopoly control of floral arranging, trash hauling, interior design, sign hanging, and weed control.
Bill is an Attack on Sportsmen, Collectors, and Target Shooters
On Thursday morning, June 12, the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation that would ban the purchase, transfer, and inheritance of many popular hunting guns, historical American firearms, and large bore target firearms, based on alleged public safety concerns.
As a senior at Allentown High School, I served as vice president of Life-Savers, a club dedicated to preventing student substance abuse. This year our Board of Education proposed a policy that would require students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities to submit to random urinalysis tests for illicit drug use. While I understand the desire to do more, I believe the policy will do more harm than good. My fellow students and I are organizing against this policy, which is ineffective, discounts student input, invades privacy and erodes trust.
Libertarian Attorney Walter Luers is doing some good work opening up Interlaken Borough's local government (Monmouth County). As reported by the June 4, 2008 Asbury Park Press:
Luers cited three examples to prove that the council did indeed break the law. In January, Luers said that members of the council met at the home of Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown with Ocean Township Police Chief Antonio Amodio to discuss a possible contract with the township for police services.
Read the story here.
Advocate questions closed-door policies
John Paff concerned White Twp. Committee too vague. He also wants Web site created.
Monday, June 02, 2008
BY SARA K. SATULLO
WHITE TWP. | A state advocate for open government is raising questions about the township's closed-door session policies and its lack of a Web site.
John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project, is concerned the township committee is being too vague when it goes into closed-door sessions.
See the rest of the story HERE
I used to think [the Libertarian Party was] just a bunch of crazy, gun toting, out-of-touch intellectuals. After meeting them, I now know how wrong I was. - Howard Kupferman
The following was posted on May 30, 2008 on a blog at http://lhtblogger.blogspot.com. It's the story of a long-time Democrat who found a home in the LP.
TRENTON – The State House steps overflowed with hundreds of taxpayers rallying against higher taxes and outrageous spending habits in Trenton today. Long-time Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan was leading the charge as Americans for Prosperity brought residents out from every corner of the Garden State to the Trenton to say “No!” to higher taxes.
Read the full article at the American's For Prosperity website.
Jeffrey Conway, a man who protested at an Orange town meeting, was found innocent of any charges that could have been brought against him. For months the town government has been going after him in court, and for what? He held up a sign the size of a regular sheet of paper in protest against Mims Hackett, the mayor of Orange. For holding up a sign and refusing to put it down he was hauled away to jail despite the fact that other people were also holding up signs and that he was just practicing his first amendment right.
Here is the news article.
Visit DPA Action Alert Page to let your representatives know you oppose mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders.
Kleykamp, Meredith, et al. Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey. Drug Policy Alliance; May 28, 2008.
This report is the first-ever analysis of the hidden and comprehensive costs of incarceration in New Jersey. In addition to the cost of prison beds (the usual measure of incarceration costs), the report examines hidden costs such as lost wages during the time people are incarcerated, lost lifetime wages that result from diminished employment opportunities, lost taxable income, and lost child support. At a time when the state is facing severe budget deficits and cutting critical social programs and services, the report finds that the state is losing literally billions of dollars in direct and hidden costs as a result of the harsh and ineffective overuse of incarceration. The report looks at costs state-wide and also provides a snapshot of costs for New Jersey’s largest city, Newark.
The NJ school system was in the news today for a couple of reasons. One, Corzine wants to borrow $2.5 billion to restart school construction across the state. Two, NJ schools have received very poor marks on tutoring and transfers. There is very few options for students in bad schools who are not performing well. The New Jersey mentality is that to have a good education you need to tax the living hell out of your residents and borrow billions of dollars and since the children are our future there is no limit in the amount of money we should spend. This is a false prophecy that only serves to enrich bureaucrats and provide jobs for politicians to give away as gifts to campaign henchmen and loyalists.
Dear Friends, Activists and Fellow Libertarians,
I've just returned from the Libertarian National Convention, held this past week in Denver. I know a lot of people are stunned and some are still angry that Bob Barr won. Although I am exhausted, I wanted to get a message out about where we go from here.