Governor Corzine's challenge to the Keansburg School Superintendent's 3/4 of a million dollar severance package is a hopeful sign that he will realize that pigs don't have to fly over the state house before enough waste, fraud and abuse can be identified to fix the states finances.
If the Corzine administration treats the Keansburg situation as an isolated incident, while letting rampant waste continue throughout the education establishment, this will be just another band aid or gimmick.
Abbott School Districts, or whatever they are called now, and school construction projects have been a sewer through which our state government has flushed our hard earned dollars while rewarding their political supporters. That this latest exposure of waste is actually minor compared to the $80+ million in waste recently identified by a state audit of the Abbotts.
There is still time in this budget cycle to make a difference. Corzine should undo his education funding formula passed during the lame duck session and freeze Abbott spending at last years levels, less the $80 million in waste. Education Commissioner Lucille Davy should order that no money be spent on travel, conventions, conferences and parties in the Abbotts in the coming fiscal year.
Instead of finding new ways to raise revenue, the Corzine administration should set out to find a billion or so in savings by cutting the fat from Abbotts during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
The always reliable InTheLobby has a good list of additional cost savings.