With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon I am very thankful that I drive a Prius, the hybrid vehicle that gets around 50 miles to the gallon. It is great for daily commutes and long trips for one or two people and it is ideal 95 percent of my driving. But if I have to move furniture or tow something, it is ill-equipped for the job. I bring this up because it seems at times that in New Jersey, we want a Department of Education (DOE) that will haul the kind of cargo that would require a Hummer but do so with the fuel efficiency of a Prius. Is that reasonable?
It is illuminating to read the testimony David Rousseau, New Jersey’s state treasurer, provided to the Assembly Budget Committee meeting on May 14, 2008: “It is only reasonable to believe that a government that is smaller and cheaper is also a government that does less. It is inevitable that by taking the dramatic step of reducing the size of government, we will accelerate both of those processes.” (more…)