New Jersey Republican lawmakers including Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have signed onto a letter requesting a special session to combat the economic devastation caused by the across the board shutdowns and restrictions related to the pandemic. The letter to Governor Murphy explains the dire need for financial assistance for small business owners and those on unemployment.
Small businesses are desperate for help, and Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have joined other Republican legislators on a letter to Murphy requesting a special legislative session to combat the economic devastation caused by pandemic restrictions. (©iStock)
“There’s no doubt that we will see the economic fallout from the Governor’s extended shutdowns and paralyzing executive orders,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We need to convene a special session of the legislature in order to address the looming issues that the Governor continues to ignore. Small business owners don’t have the luxury of waiting for the Governor’s budget plans for 2022. We must provide relief for our residents now, before any more damage is done.”
The letter from Senate and Assembly Republicans states that a tax increase on employers scheduled to go into effect July 1 threatens small business, non-profits and their employees. In addition, billions of dollars in extra funds will be available from the collection of sales, income and corporate taxes that the legislators believe should be designated to address the economic issues facing the State.
“For months, our Governor has been sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars of funding our federal government provided from the CARES ACT,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “Local businesses deserve this funding to recover from losses due to extended shutdowns and purchases made to comply with sanitation orders. The survival of our Main Streets and the people who work in small mom and pop shops is on the line.”
In closing, the letter calls on Governor Murphy to end his reign of indecision and devise a plan that will distribute funds to those in need and pass crucial legislation to help small businesses and nonprofits.
“Delaying these talks will only continue the suffering for our residents,” continued Assemblyman Catalano. “We are asking the Governor to act immediately to support the passage of bipartisan legislation, create a plan to distribute funds and work together to prevent future tax increases.”
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