Cumberland County Tax Dollar Waste

The News of Cumberland County ran an editorial that was right on track (you gotta give kudos when they are due).

Manor clerk Teresa Brown offered an insider’s look at the Manor and reflected on what the future may hold now that the place is officially up for sale.

Brown spoke of some of the absurdity she sees on a daily basis.

For example, we didn’t know that Manor patients requiring dental care have to be transported to Bergen County because no one locally takes Medicaid. Imagine the amazing waste of staff and fuel to shuttle patients back and forth. No wonder the Manor has fiscal problems.

There has to be a better way to provide efficient, quality care, and we are sure some creative soul out there could find a dentist closer to home.

She also spoke of seeing a rack freshly-pressed suits being delivered from Cook’s Cleaners to the prosecutor’s office, which maintains an office on the ground floor at the Manor. “They can’t even get their own suits cleaned,” she exclaimed.

The News goes on to ask county employees to call Matt Gray personally:

Well, we are very receptive to your suggestions, so drop us an email at mgray@sjnewsco.com or call 451-1000, ext. 459. You don’t even have to leave your name if you fear for your job. Just give us enough detail so that we can investigate your suggestion.

I find it interesting that Mr. Gray acknowledges the culture of fear in the county, that county employees would actually fear for their jobs were they to push for accountability in their department. I will attest that MWatch has several fans that were former public employees, fired or harassed until they resigned simply for doing their jobs. I hope The News runs with this story, and helps accomplish what this site has been advocating for years – ethical behavior and accountability in local government.

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5 Responses to Cumberland County Tax Dollar Waste

  1. SillySilly says:

    I hate to disappoint Ms. Brown, but those “suites” delivered to the prosecutor’s office are paid for by the employees, NOT the county. Are we so far into the 21st century that the thought of a delivery dry cleaner is unheard of…??

  2. Wildwitch says:

    Quick start investigating all the Dentists in the county. How dare they not take Medicaid…it must be a conspiracy. They are probably be paid off by Gloucester County Dentist. Did the Dental Assoc make a contribution to Gloucester County Dem’s?
    This site really is reaching….

  3. Guess-Who says:

    Who wants to hear some Music:

  4. James says:

    Impossible to find a dentist who will provide dental care to patients with medicaid only….simply put medicaid pays next to nothing for dental services so its a NJ problem not a Cumberland County Dem/Rep problem…Manor spending money on staff and transport for the fun of it…we would love to have a local dentist but thats not gonna happen because of medicaid…dental school is the only option or the patient can go without needed care or the family can eat the cost.

  5. CBKennedy says:

    @ James, interesting that dental payments for Medicaid aren’t compensated the same as major medical. I am not a dentist, but have seen many medical reports/studies in the media that claim that poor dental health is a gateway for many other medical problems. Diabetes and heart disease sticking in my memory, though I am sure there are others. It would seem prudent to practice prevention, why is it that dental care is almost considered cosmetic, Why not treat it like any other medical condition/screening? I am not trying to be glib, but these people aren’t exactly asking for veneers, are they, just what should be considered routine medical/dental care. I don’t get the disconnect regarding dentists & dr.’s.

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