Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso issued a statement following Governor Murphy’s announcement that he would repeal the misguided short-term rental tax:
Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso said that Gov. Murphy’s announcement that he would repeal his misguided Shore rental tax is too little, too late. (Bing Maps)
“The Governor made the right call in repealing this short-term rental tax–and we acknowledge that–however it comes way too late,” said O’Scanlon. “We are in August at this point, summer is nearly over and most of the damage of this ill-conceived aspect of this tax has been done. The Governor and his policy folks need to recognize when something is emergent and do their homework up front, so they’re ready to take action the minute such bills land on his desk. This was a total failure of administrative planning and it likely, needlessly, cost the New Jersey economy millions of dollars.”
“While I applaud the Governor signing this bill, it’s been on his desk since June 27th, and it is now August 9th,” DiMaso continued. “Many families have already been deterred from renting down the shore, and the number who might do so in the next three weeks of summer surely cannot make up the amount of revenue lost this tourism season.”
“Tourism contributes $44 billion annually to the New Jersey economy, particularly tourism at the shore. Tying the hands of our local shore economies with this short-term rental tax was irresponsible and completely, easily avoidable. I praise the Governor for seeing the light on this issue, but that won’t bring back the millions that shore economies have lost this summer in potential revenue,” said O’Scanlon.
“I’m happy our voices were heard, it’s just unfortunate that the Governor didn’t elect to sign this repeal before he set off for his Italian vacation in July,” DiMaso concluded.