NJ Fiscal Folly

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Help Cut NJ Spending

The NJ Legislature has set up a web site where residents can send suggestions on how to cut NJ spending. The pessimists among you will probably assume this is political grandstanding. However, I' m going to take an optimistic viewpoint and send in a few ideas (to be outlined in a future posting).

In addition to direct spending by the state, it might also be useful to suggest changes to state laws and practices that drive up local spending. In my community, for example, one of the fastest growing categories of school spending is "special education". I have no problem with legitimate special ed spending, but my sense is that excessive state regulations and overly broad screening criteria are inflating the costs.

(This topic was also noted by DynamoBuzz and Enlighten New Jersey.)

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