“This is how this is going to impact my life” - her school needs funding. Her family owns a small biz, supports tax. Way to go-a youth leader!
“People move the world and schools move people ... so schools move the world.” - RIGHT ON
Comparing JC to Newark a flawed premise, he’s saying. (The council has relied heavily on comparisons to Newark as template for this tax.)
Businesses near his school should be willing to pay the payroll tax, he said, because without school they wouldn’t know how to have a business.
“We have good talent when we have good schools...Big business will go where the talent is.”
“Our kids are here, our lives are here, we spend our money here.”
“This city’s poor planning should not be taken out on our school children. Pass this ordinance on the 1% then let’s continue the conversation because we have a lot more work to do.” YES
Her son was crying at 4:15 pickup as he’d had no water since noon time.
Numerous days the kids don’t have recess. Sit in auditorium & watch movies due to insufficient staff.
“There has been a chronic and systematic underfunding of our schools.”
“It’s time to be accountable. It’s time to stop the blame game. It’s time to give our schools the local fair share funding they deserve.”
PTA represents over 800 families
Hamilton Park is emblematic of schools getting cut out of #JerseyCity growth
Books from 1960, 1970 in #37.
“No one is innocent in this situation that we’re in. We all knew this would happen” regardless of time on Council
“None of us have the answers...we have to pass the #PayrollTax and then find a solution.”
He compared JC to a drug addict who has to ween off the addiction (to aid) and then work on a long-term fix.
“We agree that this Council should vote and pass this payroll tax.” This is a turnabout from the mailers.
Tonight has had some kind of impact.
“My heart breaks tonight when I hear some of the conditions in our schools.”
“This tax should be another unfortunate decision.”
Leaky room required his daughter to be put in new class, where class size ballooned (facilities getting squeezed)
Lack of funds meant arts HS (Snyder) could not put on a play. “An arts high school could not put on a play.”
“When you get this money, equity is about giving people what they need. If you have failing schools on the south side, they need more of that money.”
Powerful testimonial about the need for school nurse. There is no full time school nurse at #5. Personal story shared with Council re: impact
“A vote yes is a vote for the future of our children. For all the kids of Jersey City.”
“This mom will remember that you voted ‘no’ come election time.”
She voted for the payroll tax.
He votes yes.
“We are in a crisis”
Says he’ll “focus like a laser” that our public schools have resources they need
He thanked the parents who came out.
He votes yes.