Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have made clear to their colleagues and the Murphy Administration that they outright reject a legislative proposal to authorize the state to borrow $10 billion, without voter approval. The Assemblypersons have already voted against the legislation, A-4175, which was passed along party lines by the Assembly on June 4 of this year.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove have made clear to their colleagues and the Murphy Administration that they outright reject a legislative proposal to authorize the state to borrow $10 billion, without voter approval. (Pixabay)
“Two years of big government spending and high taxation has had a devastating effect on New Jersey’s ability to respond to COVID-19 from a fiscal standpoint.
“Despite the financial hardships many still face, Trenton now wants the taxpayers to bailout the state by borrowing billions of dollars, without voter approval, in violation of the State Constitution. As part of the scheme to pay for the borrowing, Trenton plans to increase, of all things, property taxes. For many taxpayers in our legislative district, this would force them to send even more of their tax dollars to a school district in some other part of the state.
“Rather than exercise even minimal fiscal restraint, the Murphy Administrations and its allies in the Legislature went on a spending spree that included, just to name a few examples, programs for ‘free college’ and benefits for illegal aliens to pave the road for a sanctuary state. The fiscal repercussions of these reckless state spending policies are now magnified in view of the current crisis.
“In just two years, Governor Murphy has increased spending by a whopping $4 billion. Taxes have increased by $3.2 billion during that same time, as taxpayers can attest to by the fact that the New Jersey is becoming even more unaffordable.
“If taxpayers ever had any doubt that Trenton was working against them, they now have their answer. It is important to note that this borrow scheme is being fast-tracked not long after two State authorities approved toll increases on the Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and New Jersey Turnpike.
“For the sake of our state and its residents, this scheme has to be stopped before it reaches Governor Murphy’s desk. As always, our delegation will stand with our constituents, many of who love New Jersey but for the first time are considering leaving because of the state’s disastrous tax policies.”
During the June 4 Assembly voting session, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted against A-4175 when it was presented for a full Chamber vote. The legislation ultimately passed and, subsequently, moves on to the Senate.
Senator Connors will note “NO” if and when A-4175 is considered in the Senate.
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