Supporting the Campaign Started by 101.5′s ‘The Jersey Guys,’ Legislators Will Deliver Wallets Collected from Constituents to the Governor’s Desk with the Message ‘There’s Nothing Left’
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder said they will be collecting empty wallets to deliver to Governor Corzine’s desk in protest of his insistence on balancing the budget on the backs of property taxpayers.
“For years, the Corzine administration has been forcing property taxpayers to bear the burden of Trenton’s spending spree, but after his budget speech this week, middle class taxpayers fear they may be left with nothing but an empty wallet,” said Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego.
Bucco: False Scatological References Aside, Governor Corzine, the Debate Is About the Priorities of Middle-Class New Jersey
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco said this in response to state Treasurer David Rousseau’s vulgar and inaccurate attack on past Republican initiatives. These proposals would have generated surpluses that could now be used to keep jobs in New Jersey and prevent taxes on hard-working families from soaring during a recession:
“It’s obvious that the treasurer’s election-year attempt to discredit Republicans was crude and inappropriate. What may not be obvious to some is that the treasurer’s statement is demonstrably false.
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole of Cedar Grove wonders if Governor Jon Corzine has ever totaled the cost of the burdens he has loaded onto the backs of New Jersey’s middle class during his three years in office.
“This year, Governor Corzine wants to raise taxes by more than $420 million by eliminating the middle class tax deduction for property taxes. He wants to raise the costs of owning a car or boat or motorcycle by as much as $60 million by raising fees charged by the Department of Motor Vehicles. He plans to raise sales taxes on some products by $40 million.
This Is the First Time Any New Jersey Lawmakers Have Waived a Portion of Their Salaries
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder today announced they will take the unprecedented action of waiving 10 percent of their legislative salaries in response to the New Jersey’s fiscal horrors.
“Every resident of New Jersey is being asked to take a hit to the wallet, and as legislators, we should not be immune. We need to be leading by example,” said Assemblyman Rudder.
The untimely and tragic death of an Oceanport girl is the inspiration for a joint resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon that designates the month of May as “Brain Tumor Awareness Month”. It was recently approved by the full State Senate and now awaits Governor Jon Corzine’s signature.
Senator Kevin O’Toole, R-Bergen, Passaic and Essex, said that Governor Jon Corzine’s budget speech included three more proposals that will drive jobs from New Jersey and increase unemployment that is already significantly higher than the rates in the neighboring states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York:
“Nothing kills more jobs during a recession than a tax increase on business. Yet the governor wants to force employers to pay another $350 million in taxes to bolster the unemployment insurance fund during the worst recession in memory. This comes as the state already ranks dead-last in polls that rank states on taxation of business.
Fails to Address Underlying Problems with New Jersey Economy
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, R – Sussex, Morris & Hunterdon Counties, issued the following statement today on Governor Jon Corzine’s budget address:
“The budget proposed by Governor Jon Corzine today raises taxes on just about everyone who currently pays taxes in New Jersey. It does so at a time of great economic distress, in the midst of a recession in which our state is losing businesses and jobs.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth, Mercer) issued the following statement regarding Governor Corzine’s proposal to eliminate the property tax deduction from the state income tax:
“Governor Corzine’s proposal to eliminate the property tax deduction from state income taxes is offensive. This is nothing more than a thinly disguised income tax hike on every homeowner in New Jersey who is not a senior citizen.
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jon Corzine’s proposal to increase payroll taxes on New Jersey businesses by $350 million in FY 2010.
“I am extremely disturbed that Governor Corzine wants to raise taxes once again on the businesses that provide paychecks to millions of New Jersey families.
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder, both R-Burlington, released the following statement in response to Governor Jon S. Corzine’s budget proposal: