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August 13, 2021
Senators Bucco & Oroho React to Murphy’s Surprise Payroll Tax Increase

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Steve Oroho issued statements responding to the Murphy Administration’s devastating tax increase on state employers:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Steve Oroho blasted the Murphy Administration for a massive increase in the payroll tax on employers already struggling from the impact of the pandemic and lockdown. (

Senator Bucco: “After promising no new tax increases this year and watching other states use federal funds to avert massive tax increases on struggling employers, the Governor put through a stealth tax increase at the close of business on a hot Summer Friday.  He didn’t want anybody to notice a destructive increase that will hit hard in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

Senator Oroho: “New Jersey has a 7.3 percent unemployment rate, and this unnecessary tax increase on employers will kill more jobs. This was avoidable by using federal funds from the American Recovery Plan. We should have used COVID relief money that the state already has in its possession instead of adding burdens to job creators.  Even while he is vacationing in Italy, the Governor is showing no respect for the employers crushed by his excessing closures.”

The $250 million payroll tax increase on businesses and some nonprofits and local governments was coyly unveiled with a vague update on the labor department’s web site. CLICK HERE to view.

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