Lawmakers have narrowly avoided another government shutdown, coming together on a compromise mere days before the deadline. While Democrats are happy with the deal--which provides the president with a small fraction of the border wall funding he had been pushing for--many are wondering why government shutdowns have become such an omnipresent threat. Several pieces of legislation have been proposed to make shutdowns obsolete. But many lawmakers want the threat to negotiate with. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES According to The Week, most countries do not have budgets so intimately ruled by political debate and partisanship. In other countries, not passing a budget leads to swift and decisive consequences. No sensible country does things like this. In parliamentary systems, failure to pass a budget usually means an automatic vote of no confidence and new elections, while the government keeps ticking in the meantime. That is probably the best way of doing things -- but the … [Read more...] about Should Congress ban the use of government shutdowns?
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Charles Stile NorthJersey Published 9:42 p.m. UTC Jun 30, 2018 As the state once again faces a government shutdown, New Jersey's top two Democrats are playing out a tax fight that's become cloaked in class warfare. Gov. Phil Murphy, who spent most of his career mingling among, and making money with, Wall Street titans, is taking a soak-the-rich approach to fellow millionaires. It's time for them to pony up and pay "their fair share," Murphy argues. "New Jersey's millionaires are making out just fine,'' Murphy said Friday after all-day talks with the legislative leadership collapsed. "They were protected by Governor Christie and they are receiving a significant tax break from President Trump. This is crunch time." On the other side stands Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the burly ironworker and union official. Sweeney has emerged as the millionaires' chief protector, even though Sweeney voted five times to boost the millionaires tax during the tenure of his … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown 2018: Class warfare at heart of drama over tax increases
Dustin Racioppi and Nicholas Pugliese NorthJersey Published 11:34 p.m. UTC Jun 29, 2018 With little more than a day left to get a budget deal done or else face a state government shutdown, Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats walked away from talks Friday that left both sides locked in a fight over what taxes get raised and by how much. The blow-up came after signs of progress in the course of two meetings that lasted several hours. But now they seem more distant than ever and deeply disappointed that days of discussions have led them to the brink of the second government shutdown in two years. Democratic lawmakers left Murphy's office Friday grim-faced and headed to a Statehouse news conference where they fumed about Murphy and compared him to Chris Christie. "He has not compromised. He has not been willing to give on anything," said Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who negotiated eight budgets with the Republican Christie. "His … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown: No budget deal as casinos, sports betting and racing threatened
Dustin Racioppi NorthJersey Published 7:19 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 Gov. Phil Murphy seems unwilling to accept the revenue suggestions of fellow Democrats in the Legislature to end a budget dispute and said he is preparing contingency plans that include a government shutdown if the impasse persists. In two public appearances Thursday, Murphy reiterated his commitment to including two major revenue sources he unveiled in his $37.4 billion budget in March: raising tax rates on millionaires and restoring the sales tax to 7 percent. Watch the news conference below. Murphy all but shot down the possibility of considering a tax on rental properties that Senate President Stephen Sweeney proposed Wednesday in a counter-proposal. Sweeney's offer also includes increasing taxes in other areas, such as realty transfers and transient housing, and increasing the corporate business tax to 13 percent for four years as alternatives to the millionaires and sales taxes he so strongly … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown: Phil Murphy preparing to close state ‘if logic doesn’t prevail’
Stephen Edelson Asbury Park Press Published 5:40 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 The battle lines have been drawn in Trenton, with New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy locked in contentious negotiations on a budget. And with the June 30 deadline to come up with a plan everyone can live with rapidly approaching, the specter of a government shutdown now hovers over the entire state. The squabbling could cost thousands of non-government workers dearly, too. Racetracks and casinos must close if the government shutdown extends beyond seven days. And that could happen at an incredibly bad time, with the state having spent $9 million in legal fees to bring sports betting to the state’s racetracks and casinos this month. And the sad thing is it was all avoidable. A bill in the Senate and Assembly last year would have eliminated the shutdown damage after seven days by declaring all inspectors, agents and other employees of the Casino Control Commission, the Division of Gaming … [Read more...] about Edelson: NJ sports betting at risk in state government shutdown