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 »
So I’m out of the state for a couple days with my family and boom! The gas tax makes it’s ugly return. Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney got together and came up with a scheme to raise your taxes…again.
What’s even worse is that they are calling it a tax cut. Sound familiar? It’s not. They will raise the cost of buying gas in the Garden State by $.23 a gallon and then through an elaborate and confusing pitch to distract you, make you think that because of tax deductions and a cut in the estate tax, you’re actually making money! It’s disgusting, dishonest and deceitful. And that’s not even the worst part…
The big issue today is that there are reportedly many Republican legislators who are considering voting to override the Governor’s expected veto of the tax. At least the Democrats are being honest, they campaign on revenue and higher taxes. But the GOP? They ask for your votes by proclaiming that they will be the strong voice of the people opposing further taxes on our already over-taxed citizens. It’s gotta stop. As Jersey Joe Piscopo put it on my radio show this morning, #StopIt. You’re right Joe, how many more people and businesses need to leave the Garden State before the politicians do something to improve the economy and cost of living here? Enough is enough. #NoGasTax. Call your Republican legislators and tell ’em to get a backbone and vote against the tax and support the Governor if he vetoes this latest assault on your bank account.
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.
This morning I had an opportunity to spar with Governor Christie over his proposed gas tax. It took a bit of an ugly turn… Take a listen!
Just after midnight Monday, legislators passed a 23-cent gas hike. It also voted to lower the NJ sales tax to 6 percent. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle asked Assemblyman Vincent Prieto to post the gas tax bill. Within 14 minutes, the Assembly passed the bill.
Late night, closed door meeting in Trenton. Can’t be good. And it wasn’t. Governor Christie saved the Democrats from themselves by giving them an opportunity to pass a tax on gas that will supposedly fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Well, it’s ain’t gonna be that easy.
First of all, the tax on gas will raise the cost for NJ commuters by $0.23 per gallon. This will potentially cost you hundreds of dollars every year in additional money just to get back and forth to work. If you’re a delivery truck operator, commercial fishing captain, landscaper or any other business in the Garden state, the cost will be much more.
Had a great conversation with New Jersey first Lt. Governor today, Kim Guadagno. We discussed the latest proposal to raise the gas tax, the Governor’s bold idea to reduce property taxes and a little Star Wars…
The Star Wars conversation was in reference to the ‘Lightsaber’ I brought into the studio courtesy of our Chasing News Senior Producer Jason M. Rosenberg. It was part of my message this week pushing back on #DarthOroho, the Republican State Senator pushing for a higher gas tax. Oroho has been using scare tactics about the financial depletion of the Transportation Trust Fund and the ‘imminent danger’ facing commuters from NJ’s infrastructure. Of course, as is typically the case in politics, much of what is being used to justify a huge burden on working and middle class families is an exaggeration.
In the second Star Wars movie (Episode V actually) there’s a scene where Darth Vader explains to Lando Calrissian that he’s altered the original deal and he should pray he doesn’t alter it any further…
Kinda how it felt when Senator Steve Oroho came into our NJ 101.5 studio and explained that the people of New Jersey should understand that in order to create lower taxes overall they would have to accept higher taxes on gas. Hmm. I was skeptical of course but heard him out. Turns out at the time of the interview last week, the increase in the per gallon gas tax on NJ commuters would be $0.23. After some digging and analysis of the actual plan two things happened between last week’s interview and today. First the gas tax increase may be as high as $0.375 per gallon AND the income tax deduction that would’ve helped offset the higher cost of working families disappeared.