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Month: May 2017

Penn Station Debacle ?>

Penn Station Debacle

Penn Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a disaster. It is a low-ceilinged underground facility with inferior facilities for both passengers and the trains from three lines that use the terminal. Perverse incentive Amtrak, the owner of the station, has a perverse incentive: make life worse for the commuter and be rewarded with more money and more power. Our politicians are unwittingly supporting a continuation of this unhappy situation. Amtrak says it is capable…

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Murphy on Guns

Phil Murphy, Democratic contender for NJ governor, has taken a strong position against guns.  There’s nothing surprising in that; it’s consistent with the rest of his poll-driven campaign.  His folks polled likely NJ voters, who said they want tight gun control.  Those answers went straight into his platform. New Jersey has a long history of gun control, typically adopting measures before the feds.  It’s part of the NJ Democratic mantra.  Whether gun control is a good campaign issue is another…

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Pensions for NJ Teachers

Pensions are a great.  I wish I had one.  They used to be standard in the U.S.  Most every good job had one.  Many defined-benefit pension plans offered healthcare benefits, too. What industry saw and government refused to see was that retirement ages haven’t changed much, but life expectancy has.  A teacher in New Jersey who works 35 years can expect another 24 years of pension and healthcare.  It’s a great deal, one that the NJEA fights hard to maintain….

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