What a crock!
This is straight from the Agenda 21 playbook. Be assured that Agenda 21 has not been forgotten. It is behind (consciously or unconsciously) most of the “progressive” ideas.
This is why we are lagging behind the much of the country (and the world). We saddle economic development with “fair” housing and climate change. All our efforts and money gets dedicated to these issues and diverted from such things as transportation, attracting industry, and jobs.
When will they learn?
One of the quick indicators is the picture of former governor Florio. His policies were discredited by more conservative governors long ago but he hangs on like a leech. He and his kind will suck the economic blood from this region.
Read the following and weep while our children and grandchildren are encouraged to cluster into transportation hubs. Where is the notion of individual freedom? The freedom to live where you want and travel where you want? Where is the freedom to work at the job of your choosing and to benefit from your labor?
Its about time these fools abandoned social engineering and started worrying about the true welfare of our citizens.
Regional Plan Association Puts Tri-State Area’s Future in Its Sights
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2014
Revitalization and technology’s effect on marketplace are high on the list of concerns to be addressed
Credit: NJTVFormer NJ governor James Florio
With the Regional Plan Association fashioning a new strategy for the tri-state region, officials and others have suggested they should focus on revitalizing urban areas and how technology may dramatically change the job market in the future.
Further, they should not neglect the impact global climate change will have on the region, according to former Gov. Jim Florio. He was on a panel at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark on Friday, discussing issues affecting New Jersey as the RPA prepares its fourth regional plan.
RPA is a nonprofit group that deals with a variety of issues affecting the tri-state region including economic development, transportation, and environmental causes.
Previous plans have been instrumental in proposing wide-ranging recommendations dealing with transportation, economic development, environmental issues, and open space in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
There’s no shortage of issues facing the region. Its transportation infrastructure desperately needs an infusion of funding; its drinking water systems and wastewater infrastructure requires urgently needed expensive upgrades; and its aging power grid demands costly investment to make it more resilient if extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy hit the region.
While some governments have dodged tackling these difficult issues, executives at RPA say they can make recommendations without fear of political payback.
“Because we are a civic organization, we can say a lot of things that are politically inconvenient,’’ said Chris Jones, vice president for research for the RPA. He said the three big issues to be addressed in the fourth RPA plan would focus on housing, jobs, and taxes.
“Our government institutions are ill-equipped to address these challenges,’’ Jones said.
To some extent, Florio agreed, citing climate change as a huge issue facing policymakers. “The question is will it be a problem or a catastrophe,’’ he said. “It’s important to understand the status quo is no longer acceptable.’’
The former governor said part of the problem is getting more people engaged in the issues facing the state, such as climate change.
Others on the panel argued the plan should focus on affordable housing and raising wages for low-income workers, “We need to be certain people have a decent standard of living,’’ said Staci Berger, president and chief