Hand off the cookie jar: States diverting money meant for climate change initiative!
Published 02nd December 2010 - 4 comments - 1080 views -
Report published at The New York Times says that states are diverting funds meant for climate change initiative and my state of New Jersey is by far the worst offender.
"In New York, government officials found $90 million to pay for schools by dipping into money generated by a multistate greenhouse gas initiative.
In New Hampshire, the state took $3.1 million from a similar environmental fund. And in New Jersey, the government diverted its whole share: $65 million.
At least three financially troubled states have discovered in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system, a convenient pool of money that can be drawn on to help balance state budgets."
There are many things wrong with this trend of states essentially mis-managing their budget in the first place and then stealing it from other programs, let me state a few obvious.
- There is nothing wrong with pushing few extra millions to improve education and other facilities to the public. But it is wrong to mis-manage the budget and then go around stealing from funds meant for other programs.
- New Jersey diverted entire $65 million meant for greenhouse initiative.It is common knowledge that Governor Chris Christie is climate change denier but why should the state and its citizens have to pay for his ignorance. You know, climate change isn't going anywhere, unlike these crazy politicians.
- What are these states doing wrong, which makes them unable to manage their budget and resort to stealing? Is anyone asking them about possible corruption, frivolous spending or any other possible reason for mismanaged budget?
New York is dealing with $315 million in deficit and yet the state legislature decided not to do anything about it in its special session, leaving state in a financial pendulum. The Empire state is not alone in facing deficit, but this environment of crazed Republicans who demand cuts cuts and more cuts but cannot show how are they going to fund the necessities, it is sinful to talk about sensible budget management.
And while the politicians play duel with the state's budget, far reaching issues like climate change and green house gases are getting ignored and their funds are being burglarized in plain sight.
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