New Jersey's Budget Woes: Reaching A Greener Forest Through the Trees
These recessionary times have forced me to examine my household budget in order to keep making ends meet. After reviewing my ledger, I arrived at the following conclusion:
One full time job
Three part time jobs
843 FICA Credit Score
A spouse who works full time
No MAC card in the last 18 years.
Pays child support on time without the court garnishing my wages.
No credit card debt
Enrolled in a deferred compensation plan.
Paying down a 15-year mortgage.
Pays bills exceedingly on time. No late fees or cycle service charges.
Proactively uses debit cards.
Clips store coupons and buys generic brand names
Avoids buying retail whenever possible
Owns company stocks
Saves for children’s college
Invests in US savings bonds
In order to help fix New Jersey’s irreconcilable budget, the Governor of the thirteenth state of the Union with the highest cost of living in the nation has mandated me to take unpaid leaves of absences from my job… so he can ergo balance his own budget.
Money does not grow on trees but I do not believe it should be deforested from my pocket either. Where does fiscal responsibility begin and end? If a New Jersey budget falls for years in the woods without trimming why wasn't anyone listening?