This is a LTE piece that I wrote and was published in the Star Ledger on July 3, 2015:
Each month, I pay an extra $5 on my electric bill to help fund energy efficiency programs in New Jersey. This is not much different than what you pay as an energy consumer. By law, this small percentage (about 3.8%) has been set aside to help New Jersey cut down on energy waste and reduce pollution. Every year Governor Christie uses that money to fill holes in the budget and pushes that money into other funding accounts, forgetting about the importance of energy efficiency.
More efficient technologies deliver more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. More importantly, energy efficient technology can effectively reduce the world's energy needs and help control global emissions of greenhouse gases. Proper government funding of energy efficiency programs can reduce energy consumption, enhance energy independence, spur innovative technology, stimulate competition and reduce the risk of Climate Change disasters.
In the past several years, the Christie Administration has cut programmatic funding of energy efficiency, even though, energy efficiency is one of the cheapest and reliable ways we can reduce pollution and quit wasting so much energy.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is the only way to correct New Jersey’s budget issue. Instead, the state can use recurring revenue to pay recurrent costs. Exchanging one long-term debt for another will not solve New Jersey’s budget problems. Don’t allow the Christie Administration to continue borrowing money from programs that can make a positive difference in society.