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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Massive State Spending in Proposed Budget Should Have Taxpayers and Businesses Very Worried

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove offered the remarks following Governor Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget Address:

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf and Asw. DiAnne Gove offered remarks following Gov. Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The numbers don’t lie. Spending has increased more than 30 percent since Governor’s Murphy’s first year, to the surprise of few. His most recent proposed State Budget is chock full of spending for new programs or increases for existing ones.

“Residents in our area should expect more of the same if the Governor’s proposed Budget goes through. That means watching their tax dollars go to other parts of the state or to Trenton itself. Whenever the Governor uses the term ‘investment,’ it’s code for more state spending and bureaucracy that most taxpayers are unlikely to benefit from, but certainly will pick up the tag for when the bill comes due.

“There is a contradiction at the heart of the Governor’s Budget in which he touts no new taxes while at the same time proposing to increase state spending dramatically. The answer is simple: he borrowed billions last year to allow him to spend more next year. That spending will be unsustainable once the borrowed funds run out, so he’s sure to propose raising taxes in the next budget after this November’s General Election.

“Taxpayers should take notice and readily engage in this year’s Budget process in view of what is at stake for our state’s future. New Jersey is already unaffordable for too many who are biding their time to flee somewhere else. Reckless spending is only setting our state up for catastrophic failure when economic challenges both known and unforeseen are going to be formidable.

“The Legislature should send the Murphy Administration’s proposed budget back to the drawing board so that the interests of taxpayers and businesses can be prioritized over the demands of special interests and state bureaucracies.

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