From the Courier Post:
Stop rewarding people for moving out of New Jersey. This would be a good start in trying to be fiscally responsible.
Let me tell you a short story. Recently friends of mine sold their house and moved to Florida. One of them worked for a New Jersey government agency. Their family receives substantial medical benefits from New Jersey. They told me that their real estate taxes will be cut in half: $5,000 in Florida vs. $10,000 in New Jersey.
This is not surprising. This person wanted to thank me for helping to pay their pension and health care while they live in Florida.
I appreciate that they earned their pension. Yet why should residents left behind in New Jersey help subsidize health care for people who leave the state? Health care costs can easily exceed $5,000. My taxes keep going up to help pay for their health care even if they move out of New Jersey.
We know of three other couples who have New Jersey government benefits and are moving out of New Jersey to save money. One must question how many other former New Jersey government employees have left the state and still receive premium health care benefits from the state of New Jersey.
Maybe our state representatives should enact a new law that would subsidize New Jersey residents who were former government employees 95 percent of their health care and pay just 5 percent for former state employees who are not New Jersey residents.
Why are we rewarding people for moving out of the state? Is this too logical?