That was the theme of Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address at this year’s New Jersey Chamber of Commerce-hosted ‘Walk to Washington’ dinner in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, and the Big Guy didn’t mince words when he discussed the ramifications of the Assembly’s failure to pass a renewed arbitration cap.
This wasn’t a fluffy “thanks for the invite” speech, although he did take the time to crack a few perfunctory jokes related to select attendees.
Governor Christie is absolutely on track in his questioning of the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), Save Jerseyans, and if anything, if he is able to successfully eliminate this insidious tax placed on property owners, then he should also make sure it cannot revert back to its previous status once he leaves office.
When I was running for office, another one of my peeves was the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), pursued aggressively under Jim McGreevey and continued by Jon Corzine as an additional source of revenue. Click here to play with an RTF calculator if you’re a visual learner.
This form of taxation acts as an insidious hidden tax to homeowners New Jersey…
Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014
New Jersey voters are either greedy jerks or stupid and impressionable buffoons if you buy The Star Ledger Editorial Board’s (Tom Moran’s) reading of the QuinnipiacPoll released on Thursday. The poll reported that New Jerseyans favor wage freezes for state workers, by a 53-42 margin, and oppose an increase in the gasoline tax by a 65-33 percent margin:
New Jersey voters are jerks. The new state motto: “Screw you, not me.”
That is how Moran starts off his rant. He finishes by cutting the poll respondents a break. Maybe we aren’t greedy jerks, maybe we’ve been led to think the way we do:
We’ll cut the folks responding to the Quinnipiac poll a break – they’ve been goaded in this direction. Despite widespread reforms to state workers’ pay and benefits during the past four years, not to mention budget cuts that led to historic layoffs of police, teachers and firefighters, Gov. Chris Christie used his annual budget address to continue to blame state worker compensation for our fiscal aches and pains.
Hmmm. Moran’s frustration is showing. As the editorial page editor of the state’s largest media outlet, Moran should be the most powerful opinion maker in New Jersey. How could his readers be so stupid?!
Insulting your customers (readers) is a interesting strategy to stop the bleeding of a company (media outlet) that is contracting rapidly and recently announced 167 layoffs which followed millions in concessions from the outlet’s unionized workers and a smaller round of layoffs.
Perhaps there was never any hope for a clean GOP primary in CD3 this cycles, Save Jerseyans. The latest TV spot to hit the airwaves is indicative of what we have to look forward to over the next two months:
A theme is emerging. You may have heard Mark Levin read an anonymously-authored post from Red State on air last Wednesday evening, titled “Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?”
The post echoes many of the points included in the Lonegan ad above, a post which candidate MacArthur labeled “creepy” in a fiery letter to his primary rival since it cited his daughter’s Facebook page to allege that he still doesn’t reside in CD3 (aside: both candidates are transplants from North Jersey).
Senate President Steve Sweeney told MMM today that he expects a key provision of New Jersey’s 2% property tax cap that is set to expire on April 1 to be extended.
The interest arbitration provision of the property tax reforms passed with bi-partisan support three years ago caps arbitration awards in government labor disputes to 2%. Since they’ve been implemented the average arbitration award resulted in salary increases for local government employees to 1.86%–the lowest in 20 years. The provision will expire on April 1 unless extended by legislation.
It’s not every day that you hear about a municipality, city or borough passing a municipal budget with a 0% tax increase, Save Jersyans; it’s even more rare to see this happen in the same place two years in a row.
That feat, however, is exactly what the borough of Waldwick, New Jersey has successfully accomplished in 2014 through the leadership of its Mayor and Council.
Yet another independent, nonpartisan research study has proven what Trenton Democrats continue to stubbornly deny, Save Jerseyans: their policies drive taxpayers out of the state.
Regent Atlantic’s findings should provide a shock to the system of every policymaker with half a heart and some semblance of a functioning brain:
An analysis of income tax returns filed in New Jersey shows that taxpayers are changing their domiciles to lower-tax states. In 2010, there were 87,630 federal tax returns filed in states other than New Jersey by people who filed their 2009 tax returns in New Jersey. These 87,630 tax returns accounted for a loss of $5.5 billion in taxable income for New Jersey.
Let the games begin: Governor Chris Christie will propose a budget on Tuesday afternoon with a smaller pension payment than Senate President Steve Sweeney said he’s willing to accept to avoid a government shutdown, Save Jerseyans,
According to pre-released excerpts, the Governor’s FY 2015 budget proposal includes a $2.25 billion payment towards New Jersey’s chronically underfunded pension system, a payment which Christie plans to point out “is nearly the equivalent of the total payments made in the ten years before we arrived by five different governors.”
Senate President Steve “Sandy Hook is Fair Game” Sweeney has been in full grandstanding mode in recent days, ruling out tax cuts completely while his Assembly counterpart pitches new taxes (thanks for nothing, Steve!) and threatening to shutter state government (ironic much?) if Governor Christie refuses to raise the state’s pension contribution from $1.7 billion in the FY 2014 budget to $2.4 billion pursuant to the politicians’ 3-year-old pension overhaul agreement; whether the $150 million difference is a deal-breaker remains to be seen.
The United Van Lines annual migration study is out again, Save Jerseyans, and once again our beloved Garden State is ranked #1… for outward migration.
I can’t imagine why! After all, the trio of taxes, crime, and corruption are great hooks in real estate circulars.
Check this out:
You’d think voters in high-tax states like Illinois, New York and yes, New Jersey, would start to notice a correlation between their votes and the need for escape. You’d of course be wrong. The map speaks for itself but old habits die hard… like this week’s moronic mandatory home sprinkler legislation?
Save Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…
Lower Taxes for Everyone by Eliminating a Tax Bracket
New Jersey has 6 tax brackets, and just like the federal system, income is taxed incrementally by bracket. Here are the brackets in New Jersey right now:
A couple of weeks ago, Save Jerseyans, Moody’s Investor Service lowered their economic outlook of New Jersey from stable to negative. While the state’s rating was not downgraded, analysts did cite the slow economic recovery as a key factor hurting the state.
The credit rating agency wrote, “The state will face challenges in improving its very weak liquidity position, due to the state’s sluggish economic recovery, which has hindered revenue performance.” Now for some, when taken at face value, one could interpret this as the state having a “revenue problem.”
However, when reading more of Moody’s note to investors, it is clear the organization is suggesting New Jersey has a “spending problem.”
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) offered an assist to Paul Ryan and his Capitol Hill team on Thursday evening, Save Jerseyans, as elements of the D.C. conservative class loudly decried what they view as a federal budget deal betrayal perpetrated by the House GOP:
“Far from perfect, the Ryan-Murray budget compromise amounts to a modest agreement that averts another government shutdown, replaces the President’s sequester with smarter cuts, reduces the deficit by more than $20 billion and provides a level of certainty on spending that has not occurred in Washington for several years. All without raising taxes.
“It is the first bipartisan budget deal brokered under divided government since 1986 and a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the budget process. I applaud Chairman Ryan and Chairwoman Murray for their efforts, which I hope will lead to future agreements that improve our economy, tackle our long-term fiscal issues and create jobs so desperately needed.”
Barbara Buono has big plans for education in New Jersey.
Now, all she needs is a way to pay for it all.
Buono is a state senator from Middlesex County and the Democratic candidate for next week’s gubernatorial election in the Garden State, where she hopes to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, who is seeking his second term as New Jersey’s chief executive. Much of the campaign has been fought over education policy, which should come as no surprise after Christie spent much of his first term in pitched battles with the state’s teachers union and education establishment.
HEAD TO HEAD: Voters will have to choose between the competing education policies of state Sen. Barbara Buono and Gov. Chris Christie in Tuesday’s election.
In ads, Buono slams Christie for cutting as much as $800 million from basic education and abandoning the state’s so-called “funding formula” for public schools. She promises to restore that funding — and more.
“I believe that we need to build on what we have in New Jersey, the traditional public schools,” Buono said last week.
But Buono and her campaign have been relatively silent on how the state’s taxpayers would pay for all that. The one, oft-repeated line is a familiar one: make the rich pay their “fair share” to support public education.