Friday, April 24, 2009

Curley Calls for Reversal of Corzine's $1.5 Billion Tax Increase

Monmouth County must ask Governor Corzine to Stop the Trenton Tax Express

John P. Curley asks Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to Pass Resolution Condemning the $1.5 Billion Tax Increase proposed by Governor Corzine

The Trenton Tax Express Train is in full motion during this budget season, as Governor Corzine contemplates steamrolling over New Jersey residents and Monmouth County residents in particular by increasing taxes by an estimated $1.5 Billion.

“I’m urging the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to adopt this resolution in opposition to Governor Corzine’s $1.5 billion tax increase plan,” Curley stated.

The Monmouth County Freeholder Candidate continued, “Families in Monmouth County 's 53 municipalities are struggling during these difficult economic times. The Governor’s proposed budget will add to the crushing tax burden middle class families already pay in this state. The Monmouth County freeholders should oppose this plan to raise property, income and business taxes at a time when we can least afford it.”

“If Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow and the fellow members of the Board fail to pass this resolution urging the Governor to stop his assault of the middle class,” Curley argued, “then they illustrate that they truly are out-of-touch with Monmouth County ideals.”


WHEREAS, Governor Corzine is proposing raising taxes on New Jersey’s middle-class working families and struggling businesses; and

WHEREAS, at a time when our economy is hurting and families are losing their jobs, their homes and their savings, the Governor has proposed increasing property, income, business and other taxes by $1.5 billion; and

WHEREAS, Governor Corzine’s proposed budget will add to the crushing burden of taxes paid by middle class families between $1,700 to $2,000 a year, according to economists at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; and

WHEREAS, the property tax relief program, enacted into law by the Governor and the Legislature in 2004 and financed with an increase in the state income tax, was supposed to provide permanent relief; and

WHEREAS, the property tax deduction for most homeowners gives citizens a break on their state income taxes by offsetting the nation's highest property tax bills; and

WHEREAS, a $400 million increase in payroll taxes and $80 million corporation business-tax surcharge will result in more job losses while our unemployment rate is higher than every neighboring state; and

WHEREAS, raising income taxes by $350 million will drive entrepreneurs and executives from New Jersey at time when we desperately need them to create jobs and prosperity for middle class New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, this administration is placing a further burden on property taxpayers by cutting municipal aid $31.2 million and suggesting municipalities defer pension payments to be paid in future years; and

WHEREAS, the Corzine tax plan would raise everyone's taxes when we can least afford it, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that we, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, urge the State Legislature to oppose the Corzine tax plan that raises property, income and business taxes because it will cause real pain and hardship to middle income taxpayers and businesses in the state.

RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution shall be sent to Governor Jon S. Corzine, Senate President Richard J. Codey, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce and all state legislators representing our legislative districts.

Freeholder Rob Clifton told MoreMonmouthMusings that he and Freeholder Lillian Burry support Curley's resolution.


Anonymous said...

that's all fine, but Mr. D'Amico was overheard, after the meeting in Red Bank, saying : "maybe I'll sponsor it!".. if he does, better be ready with the next issue..

Anonymous said...

Art, It should be noted that this resolution opposing the Corzine budget was passed by the Middletown Township Committee last week. Both Pat Short and Sean Byrnes voted against the resolution. They believe this budget is good for the people of NJ!