25 Words or Less contestants had no kind words for the Corzine administration's budget cures.
Doug Borie and Ed Dean seem to have a handle on the core of the state's fiscal problem.
Bill Pack went a step further and suggested a long-term remedy worth considering. He deservedly wins this week's coveted cup, which reads, "I solved one of the world's problems in 25 Words or Less."
Next we entertain a lighter financial matter (just 2.5 grams, in fact): Should we get rid of the penny? That question is below.
Kevin Post, business editor
Is the state taking the right steps to balance its budget?
Who's balancing the budget? Not taxpayer-elected officials or unions. Let taxpayers vote on all tax-paid contracts in a general November election. We need representation.
Bill Pack, Little Egg Harbor Township
Sure, with the governor taking about everything we have worked for in tolls and taxes! We'll be out of the hole before you know it!
Bobby Joe Dees, Mays Landing
Achievers crushed beneath the mass of takers in our state. Know those elected by the mass, will never right steps take. Endless servitude: Our fate.
Doug Borie, Cape May Court House
Corzine contemplates reducing tax rebates for seniors earning $100,000 to $150,000. With a deficit in the billions(?) that ain't gonna cut it, gov.
Tom Murphy, Atlantic City
Too many words
All public governments, not just the state, have the same budget problem. Unfortunately, employee benefits as currently structured are no longer sustainable nor justified in today's environment. However, it's also problematic for citizen voters because politicians are aware that it's the messenger who gets eliminated.
Ed Dean, Somers Point
The next question
Would life be better without
the 1-cent coin?
Send your answer, in 25 words or less, by e-mail to email@example.com.
Send regular mail to Kevin Post, Business editor, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, NJ 08232.
Either way, include your name, address and phone number for confirmation and a place to send the 25 Words mug if you win.
Include suggestions for future topics, anything related to money worth fixing or exploring.
Responses will appear June 21 in Marketplace.