Americans for Prosperity New Jersey state director Daryn Iwicki has issued the following statement in response to Senate Democrat’s tax-hiking budget proposal.
“We’ve been trying Trenton’s tax-and-spend policies for more than a dozen years now and they have driven New Jersey into an economic abyss. Such policies have created a lost decade of growth and prosperity for New Jersey and, yet again, many Democrats in Trenton want to repeat the same mistakes.
“New Jersey doesn’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. You do not need to take my word for it. Anyone can go walk down Main Street in any town and see boarded up shops where you used to buy your local goods, empty lots where jobs were plentiful, and abandoned buildings where individuals used to live. Taxes and overregulation have been driving away producers in our state and it will only continue to get worse and under the Sweeney budget plan.
“Jim McGreevey, Jon Corzine, and now Steve Sweeney have all said the same thing: we need to raise taxes because we don’t have enough revenue. Do they ever have enough to spend? Politicians who immediately call for higher taxes to fix our economic woes cannot be trusted.
“Here is why this proposal is disingenuous. Where was the outcry for giving an $82 million dollar tax break to a billionaire 76ers owner connected to the George Norcross? The Senate just voted to give $50 million dollars in tax breaks to millionaire and billionaire Hollywood elites. Where was the outcry? The Senate is getting ready to vote on a proposal to spend $4 billion on purchasing land. Where is the opposition?”
“So after giving away millions and billions to their friends and lobbyists, we are supposed to trust that this time they will do the right thing with $1.7 billion in additional taxes? No one should believe that for a minute.
“This is just another huge tax hike that will kill jobs, hurt our economy and make New Jersey an even worse place to live. It’s time for Trenton Democrats to learn how to do what the rest of us do every day—live within our means and stop spending money we don’t have.”