State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Hirsh Singh: Higher tax burdens are counterproductive

What is the Democrat's default response to New Jersey's financial crisis? Raise property taxes! Raise fuel taxes! Raise income taxes! Raise sales taxes! When will enough be enough?

New Jersey's gas tax has lost much of its revenue productivity. The evidence is incontrovertible; not only are such tax burdens counterproductive, but even with the extra revenue Democrats will still find a way to waste it faster than they can take it from you. Your money is best spent by you, not the government.

Source: 2020 New Jersey Senate campaign website HirshSingh.com Jun 11, 2020

Hirsh Singh: Lower corporate tax to 15%, reduce capital gains tax to 10%

Source: 2020 New Jersey Senate website HirshSingh.com Feb 5, 2020

Stuart Meissner: Raise property tax deduction to $20,000

Regarding Trump's legislation limiting property tax deductions to $10,000, Meissner was against it. However, he placed the blame for its passage on Booker, saying "For all his talk of reaching across the aisle, when it came to it he actually burned the aisle." He claimed that because of Booker's animosity towards Trump, the bill went through. "We didn't have a voice." Meissner wants the deductible raised to $20,000.
Source: Jewish Link NJ e-zine on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Jan 22, 2020

Jack Ciattarelli: Top priorities: lower property tax, reform state tax code

Ciattarelli said he would call for a constitutional convention to update how public education and affordable housing are funded. And if he does not get along with the Legislature--which has been led by Democrats for two decades-- Ciattarelli said, he would push for referendums to let voters decide key issues. His top priorities would be lowering property taxes, reforming the state's tax code, rolling back "burdensome" regulations, limiting waste and streamlining government.
Source: Bergen Record on 2021 New Jersey gubernatorial race Jan 21, 2020

Phil Murphy: Not giving up the fight for a millionaire's tax

I am going to fight for the middle-class values that built New Jersey in the first place. It's why I am not giving up the fight for a millionaire's tax, so we can ease the property tax burden on millions of middle-class families and seniors and do more to help our public schools. Overwhelming majorities of residents--of all political stripes--support this. We should, too. The millionaires and corporate CEOs made out just fine in the last recession--and they will again when the next one hits.
Source: 2020 New Jersey State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Stuart Meissner: Remove cap on federal deductions for local taxes

One quibble Meissner has with Trump is over the 2017 tax bill that capped the state's so-called SALT deduction at $10,000. Like many state politicians from both parties, Meissner wants to do away with the cap. And he suggests that one reason it came about was because there were not enough Republicans representing impacted states like New Jersey to negotiate a better deal.
Source: InsiderNJ.com on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Dec 12, 2019

Jack Ciattarelli: School funding formula is root of property tax growth

During his 2017 GOP primary campaign for governor, in which he proposed a comprehensive property tax reform plan. Unlike other property tax relief plans of candidates down through the years, which merely involved sleight of hand increases in state taxes to finance cash rebates, Ciattarelli went to the heart of the matter by proposing extensive revision of the state education funding formula, the root cause of our escalating property taxes.
Source: InsiderNJ.com on 2021 New Jersey gubernatorial race Apr 9, 2019

Bob Hugin: Trump tax cuts delivered real relief & job creation

Q: Support President Trump's proposed tax cuts?

Robert Hugin (R): Yes. Delivers "real relief" & will spur economic growth & job creation. But would reverse state tax deduction cap.

Robert Menendez (D): No. "Cannot & will not support a tax bill that reads like one giant hit job on New Jersey's middle class."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Robert Menendez: Trump tax cuts was giant hit job on middle class

Q: Support President Trump's proposed tax cuts?

Robert Hugin (R): Yes. Delivers "real relief" & will spur economic growth & job creation. But would reverse state tax deduction cap.

Robert Menendez (D): No. "Cannot & will not support a tax bill that reads like one giant hit job on New Jersey's middle class."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Bob Hugin: Opposes new $10K cap on deductions for state & local taxes

On Tuesday, Hugin also briefly addressed the controversial GOP tax reform law, saying it "has some very good things for the American economy," but also "some very bad things for New Jerseyans," due to its $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes.
Source: Burlington County Times on 2018 New Jersey Senate race Feb 13, 2018

Phil Murphy: Stronger & fairer funding instead of massive tax breaks

A stronger and fairer New Jersey funds its public schools and delivers on the promise of property tax relief; makes a four-year college more affordable and provides free access to community college; and creates new training programs to prepare our residents for jobs in an innovation-driven economy.

A stronger and fairer New Jersey creates tools for small businesses--and women, veteran, and minority-owned businesses--to thrive, instead of delivering massive tax breaks to a handful of select and connected big corporations that don't need them in the first place.

A stronger and fairer New Jersey ensures the wealthiest among us pay their fair share in taxes so working and middle-class families can keep more of their hard earned money.

Source: 2018 New Jersey Inauguration/State of the State speech Jan 16, 2018

Hirsh Singh: End the inheritance tax, the gas tax, and property tax hikes

We plan to lower taxes to let you keep more of what you earn and bring jobs back to New Jersey. Our tax plan includes:
Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Jersey Senate race Nov 1, 2017

Ray Lesniak: Lower taxes to promote economic growth

Q: Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?

A: No.

Q: Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a tax on short-term housing rentals in New Jersey?

A: No.

Lesniak adds, "Many of these questions require more than a yes or no response."

Source: Vote Smart 2017-2018 New Jersey Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2017

Cory Booker: Tax plan that rewards hard work

Sen. Baldwin and Sen. Booker have announced a tax reform plan. "Tax reform needs to reward hard work, raise incomes and help working families keep more of what they earn. Too many people are being left behind by Washington and The Stronger Way Act starts helping them get ahead," said Baldwin in a statement. "The Stronger Way Act offers tax reform to reward work and a new partnership to invest in local jobs programs that will help raise incomes for working families."

The Baldwin-Booker plan would also expand the EITC to workers without dependent children as a way to boost income for workers and to ensure they aren't taxed into poverty. More than 20 million workers without dependent children would be affected by a EITC expansion. The duo estimates that a 30-year-old worker without dependents making roughly $12,500 a year currently receives an EITC of about $180.

Source: ThinkProgress.org on 2020 New jersey Senate race Oct 6, 2017

Kim Guadagno: Veto new tax increases

Over the past 7 years as lieutenant governor, Kim has kept her promise to oppose any new tax increase on New Jerseyans. She campaigned against the backroom deal to raise the gas tax by 23-cents a gallon and as governor, Kim will continue to stand up for New Jersey taxpayers by vetoing any "knee-jerk" tax increase proposal passed by the legislature to pay for unnecessary spending.
Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website KimForNJ.com Sep 1, 2017

Kim Guadagno: High state property taxes drive businesses to other states

NJ's highest-in-the-nation property taxes are the leading reason so many of our neighbors & friends are choosing to leave our state and move to places like PA, TX, and NC. If we are going to create a better future in NJ, we must start by making it more affordable for families to live here and businesses to thrive here.

Despite a 2% cap on property tax increases at the local level, New Jerseyans saw an average increase of 2.4% last year. Our state's property tax crisis also has a profoundly negative impact on our state's small and medium-sized businesses and our ability to recruit new jobs to the Garden State. Simply put: we cannot continue to ask New Jerseyans to work harder, longer just to pay more in property tax bills while the political class in Trenton digs their heads in the sand.

This decades-long problem requires our leaders at the state, county & local levels to adopt a holistic strategy that finally provides middle class families and small businesses much needed property tax relief.

Source: 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial campaign website Feb 3, 2017

Joe Rullo: Reduce property taxes; repeal gas tax; veto new taxes

As Governor I will reduce property taxes, repeal the $.23 gas tax, dissolve the transportation SLUSH fund, Veto all tax increases, cut billions in political earmarked jobs and contracts, eliminate state income taxes on pensions for retirees and add $1 billion in new revenue sources to further lower taxes. I will dissolve the Transportation Trust Fund and consolidate all highway authorities eliminating redundant high level management positions, eliminate high cost earmark & specialty contracts tied to contributors.. It will produce millions in savings with shared services and purchases.

And will work to also eliminate municipal tax assessors to one per county. I will fire hundreds of high-salary patronage jobs like indicted Port Authority's David Wildstein, as an example, saving hundreds of millions of dollars to cut taxes.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign website Rullo2017.com Jan 17, 2017

Josh Gottheimer: Comprehensive reform to lower rates & close loopholes

In Congress, I will work across the aisle to pass comprehensive tax reform, like President Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill did in 1986, so we can lower tax rates, close loopholes, and cut out out-of-date regulations. We need to eliminate incentives for moving headquarters, jobs and production overseas, shrink our deficits, and reduce our debt. We also need to fix the tax code.

When you add up our local, property, state, and federal taxes, one thing is clear: Our tax code is a mess and it's crushing our residents and pushing dozens of businesses out of our state--taking jobs and dollars with them. We have the third highest corporate tax rate in the world; twice as many US companies have moved overseas to escape our high taxes in the last ten years than in the twenty years prior.

I want to keep dollars with our citizens and companies, not the IRS. But until we cut our taxes altogether, we must fight to bring more of the tax dollars we send to Washington back to New Jersey.

Source: 2016 New Jersey House campaign website josh4congress.com Nov 8, 2016

Steve Fulop: No municipal tax increase for third year in a row

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-Somerville, is taking aim at Mayor Steve Fulop, saying the city's flat tax rate demonstrates the need for school funding reform statewide. At issue is an email Fulop's campaign sent to supporters yesterday about the 2016 city budget, which comes for the third year in a row with no municipal tax increase. Flat taxes are proof the Fulop administration can "make government work well," the Democratic mayor said in the email.

Assemblyman Ciattarelli linked Fulop's crowing about the city budget to the heavy subsidies Jersey City's public schools receive from state taxpayers. The school district in 2016-17 will receive $420 million in state aid for its $673 million annual budget; Jersey City schools have been under state control for the last 30 years. "The mayor's boasts, which only add insult to injury to taxpayers across the state, call attention to just how terribly flawed and blatantly unfair the current distribution of state school aid is," Ciattarelli said.

Source: Newark Star Ledger on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2016

Steve Fulop: We make government work well with no municipal tax increase

A Republican lawmaker is taking aim at Mayor Steve Fulop, saying the mayor's recent boast about the city's tax rate demonstrates the need for school funding reform statewide. At issue is an email Fulop's campaign sent to supporters yesterday about the 2016 city budget, which comes for the third year in a row with no municipal tax increase. Flat taxes are proof the Fulop administration can "make government work well," the Democratic mayor said in the email.

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-Somerville, linked Fulop's crowing about the city budget to the heavy subsidies Jersey City's public schools receive from state taxpayers. The school district in 2016-17 will receive $420 million in state aid for its $673 million annual budget, a fact that irks Republican and even some suburban Democratic lawmakers statewide.

Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) have both said they want to change the distribution of state aid to schools across New Jersey.

Source: Newark Star Ledger on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2016

Chris Christie: Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ

Right now, New Jersey imposes an estate and inheritance tax. 14 states currently have estate taxes, and 6 have inheritance taxes. But only New Jersey and Maryland have both and we also have the lowest exemption threshold in the country. I aim to abolish the Estate Tax because it penalizes the next generation and harms the long-term economic future. Our tax structure incentivizes people to move to other states as they age--and when they do, to take their businesses and capital with them.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to New Jersey legislature Jan 12, 2016

Chris Christie: I will veto any income tax increases that come before me

Now, I know that many of you in this room believe that income tax increases are the way to go. So yes, sometimes we will simply have to disagree.

I have vetoed four income tax increases passed by this body. And make no mistake: I will veto any more income tax increases that come before me. And I will do it for one simple reason--the higher our taxes are, the fewer people and businesses will come to New Jersey and the more who will consider leaving.

Raising taxes is the old Trenton way, and it didn't work. Taxes were raised 115 times in the eight years before 2010. People and businesses in turn didn't support them and left our state. Between 2004 and 2008 the departure of wealth, investment, and income was staggering--some $70 billion left the state. We have begun a new direction and we need to go further, not reverse course.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 New Jersey Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Jeff Bell: Convinced Pres. Reagan to adopt radical tax-rate reductions

Many Reaganauts credit Bell with convincing Reagan to adopt a proposal for radical tax-rate reductions as he prepared to run for president in 1980, a policy endorsed by a cult-like circle of supply-side enthusiasts and condemned as insane by right-thinkers of both parties. After Reagan won, Congress passed the tax cuts with bipartisan, if grudging, support. Marginal rates on income fell by one-third, and the course of the American economy was forever altered.
Source: Weekly Standard on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 1, 2013

Chris Christie: No relief to subset of taxpayers; all need relief

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 47-31-2; passed Senate 24-16-0; Vetoed by Governor

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jul 30, 2012

Barbara Buono: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Buono voted YEA; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Governor vetoed.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 28, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Kyrillos voted NAY; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Vetoed by Gov.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 28, 2012

Richard Codey: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Codey voted YEA; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Governor vetoed.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 28, 2012

Thomas Kean Jr.: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Kean voted NAY; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Vetoed by Governor

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 28, 2012

Jack Ciattarelli: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Ciattarelli voted NAY; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Vetoed.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 25, 2012

John Wisniewski: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Wisniewski voted YEA; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Gov. vetoed.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 Jun 25, 2012

Jim McGreevey: Pay down debt; less taxes on seniors

Source: Workprint for New Jersey Jun 25, 2001

Donny DiFrancesco: High property taxes obstruct high quality of life

One way government works for people is by removing obstacles to a better quality of life. For many New Jerseyans-from the young couple starting out to the senior citizens striving to remain in their homes-there is no greater obstacle than high property taxes.

I have a plan for easing this burden. I ask my colleagues in both houses to join me in enacting Property Tax Relief Now. Returning excess surplus to the taxpayers is the right thing to do. It is relief they need. It is relief they deserve.

Source: Address To The People of New Jersey as Acting Governor Feb 5, 2001

Donny DiFrancesco: Limit inheritance taxes

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

Donny DiFrancesco: End the marriage tax

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

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