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 »
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.
Tell Senator Oroho our answer is simple. #NOGASTAX
Spent the better part of the week on the air hoping to shed some light on the outrageous attempt of several legislators in Trenton to raise the gas tax in New Jersey $0.23 per gallon. Currently the tax stands at $0.145 per gallon so the increase will put the total government take at close to forty cents on every gallon of gas.
The proponents will tell you that the roads and bridges in the Garden State are falling apart and it’s only a matter of time before we have a Minnesota-style collapse here.
Quite a morning on the air today. My day got jumpstarted by an article about State Senator Steve Oroho who has already conceded that the gas tax will be raised and wants to offset the tax with an income tax deduction. Wow. What a shell game being played by the NJ Legislature. More specifically the Republicans. I’ll get to them in a minute.