Governor Christie on New Jersey Supreme Court’s Abbott Ruling – 844-292-1318 New Jersey legal aid

May 24, 2011: Governor Christie issued this statement regarding today’s Supreme Court’s Abbott District Ruling.

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

Today’s ruling by the State Supreme Court is disappointing, but not unexpected.

There are several reasons why I believe this decision represents everything that’s wrong with how Trenton has historically operated and everything that I am here fighting to change.

First, as a fundamental principle, I do not believe that it is the role of the State Supreme Court to determine what programs the State should and should not be funding, and to what amount.

The Court should not be dictating how taxpayer dollars are spent and prioritizing certain programs over others. The Supreme Court is not the Legislature; it should not dictate policy, it should not be in the business of discussing specific taxes to be raised and it should not have any business deciding how tax dollars are spent. A number of the members of the current Supreme Court agreed with that very position in today’s decision.

Those responsible for making decisions regarding how money is raised through taxes and how it is spent by government are those elected by the people and ultimately held accountable by the people.

Secondly, I believe the Court’s decision is based on a failed legal and educational theory that incorrectly reasons the key to establishing a thorough and efficient system of education is to throw more money at failing schools.

Let me be clear, I do believe funding education is critically important to New Jersey’s future. Even before today’s Court decision, we increased education aid by 0 million to every school district in this year’s proposed budget.

But, we must also acknowledge that money does not equal quality results. And there is now nearly 30 years of evidence that just throwing money at the problem is not the answer.

We should be getting better results with the taxpayer money we already spend and we aren’t which means changing the educational system goes beyond dollars and cents.

However, as Governor of New Jersey, I realize that regardless of my personal beliefs, I must comply with the New Jersey Constitution as interpreted by the New Jersey Supreme Court. In February, I submitted my budget to the Legislature for review and consideration. That is my constitutional obligation. Now the legislature has until June 30th to fulfill its constitutional obligation to pass a final budget.

In the light of the court’s ruling, it is now up to the Legislature to determine how the State is best able to fund the additional 0 million in aid to the Abbott districts specifically ordered in footnote 23 by the Court’s majority while also meeting the State’s other funding priorities as I proposed them. I have complete confidence that the Legislature understands its unique constitutional obligation to send a balance budget to me by June 30th. I am also confident that the Legislature understands its independent constitutional obligation to comply with the Supreme Court’s order in whatever budget they send to me for my consideration by the June 30th deadline.

I fully expect the Legislature will send me in a timely manner for my review and consideration a constitutionally balanced budget that includes how the Court’s order will be met.

My principles remain the same. New Jersey has some of the highest taxes in America. New Jerseyans are already incredibly overtaxed. Therefore, as I have repeatedly stated, I do not believe raising taxes is the answer. That has not changed.

I stand ready to execute my constitutional duties and consider what the Legislature submits as its final budget to me by June 30th.
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florida governor SCOTT RICK I need your help – 844-292-1318 Florida legal aid

Subject: DEPT OF REVENUE. LEGAL AID
Dear Ms. Demosthenes,

Thank you for your email to the Florida Department of Revenue in which you expressed your issue with the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department’s denial of your permit application to add a garage behind your privacy fence on your 1.24-acre lot.

This matter does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue. The Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department has the authority to approve or deny permit applications in their jurisdiction.

I understand from your email to the Department of Revenue that you have already contacted the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department to discuss the denial of your application. You may want to contact your county commission to ask if they can provide additional assistance regarding this matter. The Okeechobee County Commission’s contact information is available at http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/contact.

If you have questions about property tax in the future, we invite you to contact us through our e-portal system atDORPTO@dor.state.fl.us.

Because the Department of Revenue does not administer property tax, this response is not a policy statement or interpretation of state law or rules but is provided for your information and assistance. We hope the general information provided in this response is helpful to you.

From: “Ward, Kimberly” -Kimberly.Ward@djj.state.fl.us-
Date: October 5, 2015 at 5:02:42 PM EDT
To: Marie K Demosthenes -demosthenes1064@aol.com-
Subject: RE: Please help
Ms. Demosthenes:

I am receipt of your email; however, our agency cannot assist you. We suggest you contact your local legal aid society or the Florida Bar’s attorney referral service for assistance. Please see links below.

Legal Aid: http://floridalawhelp.org/find-legal-help/directory

Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/48E76203493B82AD852567090070C9B9/EC2322E512B83D1E85256B2F006CC812?OpenDocument.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Sisko Ward
Assistant General Counsel
Department of Juvenile Justice
Office of General Counsel
2737 Centerview Drive, Suite 3200
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3100

From: Marie K Demosthenes [mailto:demosthenes1064@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2015 1:22 AM
To: Ward, Kimberly
Subject: Please help

I believe you were notified in our office on September 10, in the notice of denial of the permit application sent on September 14, and in an email sent on September 29 that county regulations do not allow for an accessory structure such as a garage or shed to be placed on a parcel unless there is first a principle structure. In your situation, that would be a residential dwelling complying with the county’s appearance and design standards. There is not anything we can do about your situation at this time. When you are ready to put a house on your parcel, let us know and we will provide whatever assistance we can in processing your permit application.

Bill Royce
Okeechobee County
Planning and Development Department
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone (863) 763-5548
Fax (863) 763-5276

Denial
With your help there will be a favorable resolution ALL I NEED IS TO ADD A GARAGE BEHIND MY 6’TALL PRIVACY FENCE ON MY 1.24 ACRE LOT. I CANNOT SEE HOW THIS WILL LOWER THE VALUE OF THE 4 HOUSES ON THE STREET OR THE COW RANCH ADJACENT TO THE STREET. I REQUEST YOUR HELP BECAUSE THIS WILL SAVE MY LIFE
On Sep 16, 2015, at 1:38 PM, “Patty Burnette” -pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com- wrote:
Good Afternoon Ms. Demosthenes.
I want to let you know I am in receipt of your email regarding a denial letter for the construction of a shed that you received from the County Planning and Zoning Department. The property County of Okeechobee’s jurisdiction and not the City of Okeechobee. The City would not have any authority over the property, so I have forwarded all your correspondence received by the City to Mr. Bill Royce with the Okeechobee County Planning and Zoning Department. His email addressisbroyce@co.okeechobee.fl.usand his phone number is 863-763-5548.
Hopefully you will be able to receive some solution to your situation.
Regards,
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