The New Jersey state house. File photo On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy refused to rule out a tax increase as he makes to implement his progressive agenda.Even though the state is among the top in the nation for overall tax burden and outward migration, Murphy says New Jersey hasn’t done enough to achieve his goal of “tax fairness,” according to a report in Politico.Murphy, who was stymied by blowback from his own party for his plan earlier this year to raise taxes by $1.7 billion, said Wednesday he would leave “everything…on the table,” when it came to raising taxes in coming budget plans, according to Politico.Murphy said he was working to ensure tax fairness for the state’s middle class as well as “the working poor and those in poverty who dream to get into the working class.”But members of Murphy’s own party have said that when speaking of the state’s middle class, Murphy often seems to be referring to those in public … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: More Taxes For New Jersey? Murphy Won’t Rule It Out
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Same-sex marriages will begin within days in New Jersey after the state’s highest court ruled unanimously to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Oct. 21 and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. “The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today,” the court said in an opinion by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. “The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.” A judge on the lower court had ruled last month that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriage and set Monday as the date to allow gay weddings. Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appealed the decision and asked for the start date to be put on hold while the state appeals. The state’s top court agreed last week to take up the appeal of the lower-court ruling by Judge Mary … [Read more...] about Marriage equality is coming to New Jersey!
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Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvihill Associated Press Published 11:49 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 The Trump administration laid down rules Thursday aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states like New Jersey from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. State officials, all Democrats, spoke out against the move, with some referring to it as "despicable" or a "travesty." "These proposed IRS regulations not only defy decades of legal precedent, they are clearly designed to punish states like New Jersey that stood up and fought back to protect our residents from being double-taxed," Sen. Bob Menendez stated. "They will slam New Jersey homeowners with higher property taxes and endanger the investments in public safety, education, infrastructure and economic opportunity that make our state an economic powerhouse for the nation and an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family." The action over the new Republican tax law pits … [Read more...] about New Jersey elected officials blast Treasury rules that could raise tax bills
N.J. Sen. President Sweeney Kevin B. Sanders for Observer New Jersey’s Constitution makes its governor one of the most powerful in the nation. But, this year, the talk in Trenton is about the power of another Trenton leader—Senate President Steve Sweeney.As an NJ.com article points out, Sweeney is thought to have come out on top when the two men clashed over the state budget earlier this summer. He also saw a plan he had long pushed to reform school funding in the state adopted. Now, the senate president is looking to remake state finances with a broad series of proposals recommended by a bi-partisan blue ribbon panel he convened.The plan calls for everything from using tolls to pay down the state’s pension deficit to reforming the public worker pension program and reducing worker benefits.The proposals are likely to put him into conflict with Murphy, who is closely alligned with the state’s powerful public workers’ unions.Sweeney has said he’ll take … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: Who Is New Jersey’s Real Leader?