Meanwhile, His Bloatedness continues to talk tough about that "privileged class" fat cat teachers, even as he vows to veto the renewal of a tax that expired December 31 on those making more than $1,000,000 per year. So let's see, the poorest retirees get cut out of their prescription drug benefit, teachers are supposed to take a zero pay increase or risk losing their jobs, and those making more than a million a year get a tax cut.
The Star-Ledger has a nice piece of reporting on the facts regarding teacher pay in New Jersey. A clip:
TRENTON--Susan LiBrizzi, a divorced mother of four, earns $61,798 a year as a special-education teacher in the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District — enough, she says, to pay the bills.
Over the years, she has taken on summer jobs — cleaning houses, tutoring, baby-sitting — for extra cash as her salary has increased by $300 or $400 a year.
Now LiBrizzi, who has taught for 14 years, is due a $4,000 raise — and the governor wants her to give it back."I feel like staying middle-class is a struggle," said LiBrizzi, 48, who lives in Bridgewater. "I still have two more kids to put through college, and it’s scary."
In his quest to pressure teachers to accept a pay freeze, Gov. Chris Christie has portrayed them as a privileged class, untouched by the recession.
But a Star-Ledger analysis of the salaries of New Jersey’s nearly 113,000 public school teachers finds that more of them are like Susan LiBrizzi than like Rockefeller.
Most would be considered middle-class in New Jersey, making less on average than firefighters, cops, engineers and business middle managers, and more than social services workers and sales representatives. . . .