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Democrats Block Beck’s Effort to Remove Gas Tax from Legislation

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Senate Democrats on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blocked an effort by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to phase out the estate tax, increase exemptions for retirement income, increase the EITC, create an income tax exemption for veterans, and create a deduction for gas taxes paid.

Sen. Jennifer Beck held a roadside rally in Eatontown on June 21, 2016 to oppose a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

During the committee’s consideration of A-12/S-2411, Beck offered a committee substitute including those tax cuts, but without the $1.2 billion gas tax increase of the original legislation.

“New Jersey residents are outraged at the proposal to increase the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon,” said Beck. “They were outraged in June when this proposal was first brought up, and they’re outraged that we’re back here on a Friday in late July trying again. Leaders in Trenton should listen to what the people of New Jersey are saying.”

Nearly 12,000 people have signed Sen. Beck’s online petition saying they don’t want the Legislature to pass the gas tax increase.

“The proposed gas tax increase doesn’t fund the tax cuts, so there is no reason to artificially link them in the legislation,” added Beck. “If we can afford the tax cuts on their own, which Senate Democrats say we can, then I think we should pass them.”

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