Thursday, October 13, 2016

"N.J. took $1.4B from your phone bill for new 911 system but never delivered"

Rather than using the money for 911, lawmakers and governors have instead raided it time and again to balance the budget, leaving critical upgrades to the state's most important public safety system on hold. 

An NJ Advance Media analysis found that of the $1.37 billion the state has collected in 911 fees since 2004, only 15 percent, about $211 million, has been used to help pay for the 911 system.

Investment in the upgrade, known as NextGen 911, has trickled to a halt. 

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AllenS said...

Well, I am shocked to hear of this outrage!

Leland said...

Didn't they also take money to implement remote control train systems that they have yet to deliver?

AJ Lynch said...

We call our elected officials dumb but they are actually crafty, sneaky bastards. To wit, they enacted a tax on every phone of 90 cents a month which is about $10 per year. Who's gonna complain about that they figured and we will them [the taxpayers]it's for a good cause ...the 911 phone system. Well it turns out there are more than 11 million phones in New Jersey and now that tax brings real money $124 Million per year! So let's spend it other stuff - the txpayers will never know. And we didn't for 12 years. Tar and Feathers them.

ndspinelli said...

If you ever look @ your phone bill it is shocking all the fucking add-ons.

bagoh20 said...

The government does not build things anymore - at least not on purpose. It collects money, pays it to connected people, and then it starts all over again, after this is done for a a while, someone puts up a sign that says "under construction", then later the connected people when in fear of falling off the gravy train, hire a few unqualified people to build a poor ass version of what was promised, only to find out that they need more money. This is called investing in our future.