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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Questions for the treasurer

State Treasurer Bradley Abelow, who next month will become Gov. Corzine's chief of staff, is meeting with Press editorial board Tuesday afternoon. The agenda will include the state of the state's finances, the proposed monetization of assets and his new role as the governor's chief adviser.

We would like to bring your questions to the table. Please send them using this space or via e-mail to me at lbenj@app.com.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Why did his administration agree to tear down a perfectly good state prison in Camden-- for the sake of private development-- when we are strapped for cash? The facility cost $30 million to build in the 80s, would now cost at least $100 million to replace it.

2. I think people would feel a helluva lot better about monetization if we had some assurance that the pot of money wasn't going to be squandered-- like every other pot of money that's ever been raised in this state. Instead of promising everything to everyone (as they have been doing), can the administration describe to us EXACTLY what we would get in exchange for this second mortgage? (ie, all our bridges fixed, 10,000 acres of open space, 100 new schools, a nifty new state prison, shoring up the pension system, etc, etc, etc). That would provide for a rational debate of acting vs. not acting.

9:33 AM, August 17, 2007  

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