Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Big Payoff?! IMF Chief Attempted To Pay Off Maid’s Family

The New York Post is reporting that friends of former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have contacted the family of the African maid who is charging him with rape have contacted her family in Guinea (West Africa) to help the allegations go away.

“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

While many are hoping the French businessman will receive time in prison after there has been a DNA match, many feel that this case will come down to power and money. And the maid charging Kahn will receive a large settlement in the seven figures for her silence.

“He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money,” said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.

Read more at NYPost

Court Rules N.J. Governor Must Fund Low Income Schools

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he will not defy Tuesday’s state Supreme Court ruling to increase aid to low-income school districts, but called the decision legally faulty and bad education policy.

He said it will be up to the Legislature to decide how to do it as it wrestles with the state budget over the next five weeks, and added he would veto the budget if he doesn’t like the Legislature’s approach.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a 3-2 decision Tuesday that the state must increase its funding to low-income school districts by an estimated $500 million. The ruling was the latest in the state’s long-running court battle over spending in poor schools, known as Abbott v. Burke.

That’s almost exactly the amount state says it has in a windfall from tax revenues coming in higher than expected. But Christie has said he wanted to use that money for other purposes, including property tax rebates.

Christie said the ruling represented “everything that’s wrong with how Trenton has historically operated.”
He said he does not believe that an additional $500 million will not make a difference in schools that already receive about 10 times that much in state aid each year.

Christie previously said he would consider defying the court if he disagreed with the much-anticipated ruling. But on Tuesday, he downplayed that comment, made on a radio show, saying that it was just one option.
Christie had warned for weeks that he feared the court would order the state to put another $1.6 billion toward schools. That’s how much a judge found it would cost to run the state’s full school funding formula.
If that happened, he said, the consequences could be dire, with money for town governments and hospitals on the line.