The Future of “non-essential” services

 

ISSUE

The recent partial shutdown of the state’s government provides the voters an opportunity to discuss the proper role and size of government. The state itself has designated many of the services it provides as “non-essential.”

 

SOLUTION

Conduct a comprehensive examination each of those services, with an eye to determining how residents and taxpayers could be better served by moving them to the private sector. For example:

  • The Democratic and Republican Parties are private organizations. Yet taxpayers fund the June primaries, where they select their candidates for the November General Election. In contrast, the New Jersey Libertarian Party selects its candidates at its State Convention in March, which is fully funded by the NJLP and Convention attendees. Let’s end this political welfare for the two old parties.

SAVINGS

Use the savings from spinning off some of these “non-essential” services to reduce the state income tax burden.