Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe (all R-10) have introduced a bill that would exclude passenger and freight rail projects from being funded by proceeds from the recent gas tax increase.
Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin would exclude passenger and freight rail projects from being funded by proceeds from the recent gas tax increase. (Wikimedia Commons)
“We know that New Jerseyans are already the most highly taxed people in the nation, which is why we voted ‘NO’ on raising the gas tax,” stated the 10th District legislators. “As a promise to our constituents, we will fight to ensure that the gas taxes paid by our constituents aren’t diverted to pork rail projects that only benefit Democrats’ districts.”
Currently, a portion of the revenue from the gas tax is appropriated for the New Jersey Rail Freight Assistance Program. Under their new legislation, gas tax revenues shall not be used for these projects.
Senate Democrats have already announced plans to fund a billion dollar Bergen-Hudson Light Rail project with funding from the gas tax increase. They also have discussed paying for an expensive Camden to Gloucester Light Rail project.
“Our commuters were falsely told that a gas tax increase was necessary to fund safe roads and bridges across the state,” the legislators added. “Now, after the tax hike has been enacted, the truth is coming out about how billions will be wasted on projects that have nothing to do with roads. Our legislation is a direct response to the lies our residents were told by Democrats who pushed the gas tax increase through.”
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