Letters to the Editor

TTF Restoration: Take the Local Road

da77f0831616531a3082_7f9e62e6f50af0cd18b2_Letter_to_the_Editor_2.jpg
da77f0831616531a3082_7f9e62e6f50af0cd18b2_Letter_to_the_Editor_2.jpg

New Jersey families and visitors depend on municipal and county roads to get to where they need to be. Local roads and bridges are absolutely essential to the success of New Jersey commerce and industry. Yet keeping transportation systems in passable shape has become a heavy burden for those who maintain them–and those who travel them–as the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) is dwindling, leaving taxpayers stranded in more ways than one.

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) and the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) welcome the proposed transportation funding plans announced by Senate President Sweeney, Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Joseph Kyrillos, Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald as well as similar Assembly legislation announced by Speaker Vincent Prieto.  Their efforts illustrate legislative leadership on both sides of the aisle and in both houses to renew the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and provide critical property tax relief.

This new plan for a 10-year, $20 billion Transportation Trust Fund represents a commitment to strong, steady investment in local infrastructure–thousands of miles of roads and bridges,  Without a renewed and reinvigorated TTF, local property taxpayers will need to cover all costs associated with these assets. The proposed legislation is critically important to stop the creep of rising local property taxes by doubling the resources provided to municipalities and counties through the Local Aid component of the TTF. Rather than a generous gift to municipalities and counties, the new plan represents a return to funding levels that had been cut year after year, creating a crushing annual demand on local property taxes for ongoing efforts to maintain local roads and bridges. 

Sign Up for E-News

In the first year of the Transportation Trust Fund (1985), Local Aid funding represented almost 22% of the total Transportation Capital funding. The need for investment in local roads and bridges has not decreased since 1985 and no one has suggested it will decrease in the future. Currently Local Aid funding is about 12% of the TTF capital funding.

You know how important it is to keep your car in good working order. It’s an investment that needs to be made to ensure your ability to get to work and earn a living. It’s an investment in your family’s safety and happiness. It’s an investment that saves you money in the long run.  Likewise, investment in our infrastructure–whether it’s for our roads, for repair of our bridges or for mass transit–saves us time and money. Increasing the local aid allocations under the TTF will mitigate reliance on your property tax and provide real tax relief, promote economic growth and job development and ensure a safe and reliable transportation network.  

 

Michael J. Darcy, CAE,                                              John G. Donnadio, Esq.

Executive Director                                                      Executive Director

NJ League of Municipalities                                       NJ Association of Counties

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e72c4a9e1dfde31bc6f1_vet1

Wed, May 23, 8:00 AM

Plainfield City Hall Library, Plainfield

Kickoff Breakfast to Launch Plainfield Veterans ...

Other

Carousel_image_03f7e31b319ddd115b05_may_children_room

Wed, May 23, 3:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

"Who Done It?" Mystery Program

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_b5b50f86b329a7f607eb_national_ems_week

Wed, May 23, 6:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

National EMS Week with Plainfield Rescue Squad ...

Health & Wellness

Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

Union County Celebrates National Trails Day with Free Guided Hikes and Activities, June 2

May 22, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Trails Day at the Watchung Reservation on Saturday, June 2, where the County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center will host four different guided hikes and an Adopt-a-Trail volunteer activity along with special programs throughout the day for all ages. The ...

Peru Claims 1-0 Victory Over Colombia as Soccer Legends Show Off Skills in Paterson

May 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- During their playing days Carlos Valderama and Julio Uribe led their teams to victory in some of the largest soccer stadiums across the globe. On Saturday, the men, known better as “El Pibe” and Uribe, brought their talents to Paterson’s Baurele Field.

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the nearly 500 fans who turned out to watch these beloved players ...

La campaña alimentaria anual de los carteros está lista para el 12 de mayo en todo el país

May 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, 2 de mayo de 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- La Asociación Nacional de Carteros (National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC) llevará a cabo la 26ª edición anual de su campaña alimentaria el sábado 12 de mayo.

La campaña alimentaria Stamp Out Hunger® es la más grande con duración de un día en todo ...

School’s Out: Your Exclusive Summer Getaway Guide

May 22, 2018

Summer... a time to do whatever you please without having the stress of school or work.

But like many others, you may find yourself unsure of how to spend your summer days. So, if you’re looking for something cool to do when it’s hot, consider these ideas:

Get Cultured: Metropolitan Museum of Art: If you’re fascinated with art of all sorts from classic to modern, then this ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...