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Abbott v. Burke decision NJBIZ at 25: Failed Projects

Whatever your boogeyman — high property taxes, the pension deficit, state debt in general, over-reaching regulation that accomplishes nothing — the Abbott case has created the chest of horrors that contains the thing you most loathe about having your business here. The goal of the 1985 court ruling was to bring schools in struggling cities up to par with the rest of the state, but while the 31 so-called Abbott districts have received a disproportionately massive share of funding in the decades since, the results have been harder to discern than a Magic Eye painting. "It's the reason we're not a competitive state, from a business perspective," one executive grumbled, and is why "no one wants to come here."

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