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Key Elements Conveniently Left Out of the Story About Water Privatization Bill

Key Elements Conveniently Left Out of the Story About Water Privatization Bill
BY PEGGY GALLOS
AEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What’s the real story behind the Water Infrastructure Protection Act? Its supporters say the bill is all about fixing New Jersey’s distressed water and wastewater infrastructure. They note that many systems are in bad shape, and they say that WIPA will provide the funds to fix them, to promote economic growth, and to create jobs.

That is not the whole story, though. That narrative doesn’t explain why the bill (A3628) came about and who championed it. It does not explain that municipalities already have access to “private investment” and that WIPA removes from the sales process useful “checks and balances” that protect the public interest. Removing them has profound implications for how systems are controlled, how transparent their management will be, and how much ratepayers pay. The narrative suggests (wrongly) that WIPA is the only solution that will ensure economic growth and jobs. Here’s a broader perspective:

 

Keep N.J. Hunters' Guns Silent on Sundays

Keep N.J. Hunters' Guns Silent on Sundays
BY MICHELE S. BYERS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

“Keep close to Nature's heart ... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash yo...

Gas Prices and the Trenton Money Grab

Gas Prices and the Trenton Money Grab
BY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics estimates that U.S. consumers could find an extra $100 billion in their wallets this year.

William ...

Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans
BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

As New Jersey policymakers close in on a deal to boost New Jersey’s transportation funding, a bold solution that raises at least $1 billi...

The State of the Stats in N.J.: It Isn't Pretty

The State of the Stats in N.J.: It Isn't Pretty
BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Below is a statement from New Jersey Policy Perspective president Gordon MacInnes on today's State of the State address, as well as the "...

State of the State is ... Neglected, says N.J. Dem State Committee Chairman Currie

State of the State is ... Neglected, says N.J. Dem State Committee Chairman Currie
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Tomorrow (Jan. 13), in anticipation of Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie is out...

N.J. Green Acres Transgression is a Breach of the Public Trust

N.J. Green Acres Transgression is a Breach of the Public Trust
BY MICHELE S. BYERS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

For over 54 years, Green Acres has stood as one of the state’s most popular and trusted programs, preserving hundreds of thousands ...

How the Giants and Jets Stadium Deals Ripped off N.J.

How the Giants and Jets Stadium Deals Ripped off N.J.
BY JOE SINAGRA
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINON/COMMENTARY

In 2006 Gov. Corzine along with Richard Codey gave their blessing for the development of a new football stadium for the Giants and Jets a...

A Budget Bill from Hell: Happy Pork Year!

A Budget Bill from Hell: Happy Pork Year!
BY JOE SINAGRA
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers a number of diverse or unrelated topics . . . or in some instances what it doesn’t cover.

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