Assemblyman Jon Bramnick
Trenton is at it again. After failing miserably to stick us with a gas tax a few weeks ago…despite the Governor’s best attempt to call the bill “Tax Fairness”…attempt number two is underway. Last week the Senate budget committee recommended the bill to the floor with one Republican vote… yup Steve “Darth” Oroho. The good news is that it’s unlikely that they’ve got the votes to pass the tax and override the Governor’s expected veto.
How much more do we have to explain to the professional politicians in Trenton? It’s not new taxes we need. The state already taxes our citizens, businesses and commuters more than other states. We already place such a burden on homeowners and retirees that we’re at the top of the list for people fleeing to retire to less expensive pastures. We’ve given them potential cuts to make. We’ve explained that there’s no agreement on the actual cost of road construction. We’ve battled hard to get Trenton politicians to listen to the real reasons why people are leaving the state. For the most part, they are still simply not listening. Read the rest of this entry »
This week two things happened that demonstrate without new leadership in Trenton our state will become increasingly unaffordable. And that’s saying a lot considering we are already one of the highest tax burdened states in the nation.
The Republican Governor and Democratic Senate President met and discussed how to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. The didn’t find a mutually agreeable solution, but they agreed on one thing…the gas tax should be raised by $0.23.
Then in another blow to commuters and residents, the leader of the Republicans in the NJ Assembly, Jon Bramnick embraced the hike in the gas tax as a “strategic necessity“.
In “Trenton Speak” the phases “Strategic Necessity” and “Tax Fairness” means YOU will pay more to live and work here. A lot more.
Yesterday was a big day for Carlo Bellario. He’s a New Jersey actor/comedian who’s facing the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence for running afoul of Jersey’s gun laws. Of course, the charges involve a toy. Specifically, an airsoft gun that can be bought in just about any sporting goods store in Jersey. The law that has gotten Carlo in trouble is the Graves Act. It goes back to 1981 and was intended to set mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. Later, the law was amended to include gang activity and today the interpretation from prosecutors includes the act of simple possession.