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Readers skewer Corzine over family leave, taxes


Several readers took issue with the paid family leave law, which Steve Manning, of Vesuvio Foods, said will be underfunded "because it will be greatly abused."

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nesses, employers in the state are finding it                     Gov. Jon S. Corzine pushed for health care                        Tell us at editorial@njbiz.com               PUBLISHER
                                                                                                                                                                                 Thomas F. Curtin tcurtin@njbiz.com
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     N J B I Z             P o l l        R e s u l t s      Readers skewer Corzine over family leave, taxes                                                                     ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES
                                                                   Last week, when we asked industry advocates and insiders to discuss Jon S. Corzine’s achievements as          Susan Alexander salexander@njbiz.com
    How would you grade the governor’s efforts to                                                                                                                                Robin Fields rfields@njbiz.com
    make New Jersey a business-friendly state?               governor, he got a mostly positive showing.                                                                         Lucille Lo Sapio llosapio@njbiz.com
                                                                   The small-business community, on the other hand, voted right from the spleen in the most recent NJBIZ poll.   Joe Malone jmalone@njbiz.com
                                                                   “I would, however, give him a high grade,” reader Bill Losey wrote, “ for working along with [Barack]         John J. Morelli jmorelli@njbiz.com
             5%                                              Obama to turn America into a socialist country. “                                                                   Kevin Shawhan kshawhan@njbiz.com
                                                                   That was the overwhelming sentiment from the 529 responders, who were mostly angry over a rising              Merry Solomon msolomon@njbiz.com
                                                             cost of living and practices perceived as unfriendly to business. Among the adjectives hurled at the gover-         EDITORIAL
             9%                                              nor: terrible, despicable, arrogant, blind, disappointing. “It’s tough to be ‘hungry’ when you're being bled        EDITOR
                                                             dry by taxes,’ wrote Jim Frustieri, of DataBridge Marketing Systems.                                                Sharon Waters swaters@njbiz.com
                                                                   Still, some gave the governor points for trying, such as Daniel Trost, of Breakaway Communications,           DEPUTY EDITOR - NEWS
                                                             who gave Corzine a C “for effort, but not for results. ... It is hard to be competitive with pricing when you       Joe St. Arney jarney@njbiz.com
    C         11%
                                                             are being taxed to death.” And, “I think he is doing an admirable job, given the economic circumstances,”           DEPUTY EDITOR & REPORTER
                                                                                                                                                                                 Beth Fitzgerald bfitzgerald@njbiz.com
                                                             wrote Shamrock Consulting’s Frank Flaherty.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Workplace Issues/General News
    D               25%                                            Most responders, though, were less generous with their praise. Several readers took issue with the
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                                                             paid family leave law, which Steve Manning, of Vesuvio Foods, said will be underfunded “because it will             Meghan Shapiro mshapiro@njbiz.com
                                                             be greatly abused.” Roger Hansen, of Ole Hansen & Sons Inc., called it “the worst thing he has done.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 STAFF WRITERS
     F                          50%                                David Spatz, of Jertex Network Solutions LLC, said New Jersey is a broken state that can be fixed, but        Finance/Accounting/Insurance/Law
                                                             not by those who created the mess. “Honestly, what has Governor Corzine done that he can
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