The Republican candidates called a press conference today, explaining how they are posting the Cumberland County budget online, because Lou Magazzu’s $40,000 website does not supply this important information the public. Almost every other county in the state posts their budget online.
When Magazzu heard about the press conference, he immediately scheduled a press conference designed to conflict with the Republican conference. Daily Journal reporter Joe Smith was slated to cover the press conference. The Daily Journal editors pulled him from the event outlining the county budget for taxpayers, which we at Magazzu Watch think is an important issue, and sent him to cover Lou’s press conference for the CCIA.
Excuse me, but I thought Steve Wymbs was the Director of the CCIA, not Louis. In fact, word is that Steve was not at all happy with Lou’s usurping authority that is not his.
More upsetting is that we hear that not only was Joe Smith pulled from covering the Republican press conference to cover Lou’s, but Joel Landau was also covering the last minute Lou charade. This reeks of an obvious bias on the part of Daily Journal editors. They ensure that Lou is in the paper daily, and they purposely interfere with the Republican press conference.
And the press conference, according to some of Lou’s associates, was bogus. Even the reporters asked Lou why he had a press conference for news he released last week? Why – he had to divert attention away from the Republicans that actually came to discuss real issues, such as increasing county taxes , outrageous spending, and constants lies and misrepresentation of the facts.
Lou Magazzu called the county budget the “most honest budget”. If this budget was “honest” what do we call the previous budgets that he worked on, dishonest?
Actually the current budget is a joke and a travesty. While Cumberland County boasts the highest unemployment rates in the state, with an increase from 8.2% in July 2008 to 13.0% in July 2009, Lou as finance director has gone on a county spending spree.
In five years, Lou and his freeholder board have increased county salaries from $28,832,599 in 2004 to $44,404,482 in 2009. In fact this past year, wages have increased 14.4%, or more than $5.5 million. Is it any wonder that county taxes have increased 93% in six years?
This current budget robs the capital improvement fund, which was $4,000,000 last year, and has been scaled to $300,000 this year. And yet county spending has increased!
It is no wonder that Lou Magazzu does not want you to see the budget!