Thursday, June 30, 2022
New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon highlighted the delayed and failed tax relief in the FY 2023 State Budget that Governor Phil Murphy will sign today, including a payroll tax increase that takes effect tomorrow, ANCHOR rebates that won’t be delivered until 2023, and child tax credits that won’t help parents until 2024, and tax bracket creep that remains unaddressed.
“The delayed and failed tax relief efforts in the Democrats’ budget when the state is ridiculously flush with funds will go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in New Jersey history,” said O’Scanlon (R-13), the Republican Budget Officer. “Sadly, Democrats opted for huge increases in pork spending and the establishment of massive slush funds that will do nothing to help New Jersey families suffering today from high gas prices, soaring inflation, and property taxes.”
O’Scanlon pointed to three specific tax relief failures in the Democrats’ budget:
- Democrats failed to stop a $300 million payroll tax increase on employers that will take effect tomorrow, July 1. A convoluted plan proposed by Democrats to provide a tax credit to employers at some point in the future for some of the increased payroll taxes they will pay starting tomorrow did not advance. In contrast, the Senate Republican budget plan would have replenished the UI Fund directly using a portion of remaining federal relief funds to prevent the tax increase from taking effect. Republicans have proposed this several times, including last spring, last fall, and again during the current budget process.
- Democrats failed to provide immediate tax relief to families. Their ANCHOR rebate plan, which only includes $1.5 billion of new funding, will not deliver any relief to taxpayers until spring of 2023 at the earliest. Under ANCHOR, renters will only get a fraction of the maximum rebate, with some actually getting less than they received this year under the Homestead Benefit that’s being eliminated. In contrast, the “Give It Back” rebates proposed by Republicans would have provided $4.5 billion of rebates to 4 million households immediately. Unlike the ANCHOR plan, renters would not be treated differently under “Give It Back,” and most New Jersey families would qualify for the full $1,500 proposed by Republicans.
- Democrats failed to deliver timely relief to parents through their new Child Tax Credit programs, which won’t provide any help to low- and middle-income families until 2024. Since the legislation says the income tax credit doesn’t apply to tax years before 2023, New Jersey parents won’t receive the income tax credit until they file their 2023 tax returns in the spring of 2024. Families would need to make less than $30,000 to get the maximum $500 credit, while nobody with income over $80,000 would qualify. Again, the “Give It Back” rebates proposed by Republicans would provide $1,500 in immediate payments to most New Jersey families.
- Democrats failed to address “tax bracket creep” that the Murphy administration admitted will cost New Jersey income taxpayers an additional $543 million next year as they are pushed into higher income tax brackets by inflation. The comprehensive budget plan proposed by Senate Republicans called for indexing New Jersey’s income tax brackets for inflation as is done by the federal government and dozens of other states to prevent this massive tax increase.
“Democrats aren’t being honest with New Jerseyans who haven’t been told that the tax relief they’ve been promised could be years down the line,” added O’Scanlon. “That stands in stark contrast to the $8 billion of tax relief proposed by Senate Republicans that would stop looming tax and toll increases and give back $1,500 immediately to families that were overtaxed over the past year.”
WATCH: Man in Ryan Howard Jersey & @Phillies cap on backwards in Diamond Mini-Mart, 22nd & Diamond Streets. It was May 22nd, 4:06am, when another male with a gun comes in to rob him. @PhillyPolice say victim soon turned killer,as he got own gun out @fox29philly pic.twitter.com/bggwZAIC4C— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) June 30, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Text from a friend: “The front page of the New York Times is currently about an aide re-telling a secondhand version of a car ride in a car that she wasn’t in.”— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 28, 2022
Meanwhile, gas is $5/gallon, ground beef is $6/lb., inflation is at 40-year highs, and the stock market is crashing. pic.twitter.com/0vEikE38nI
Joe Biden has once again hit his all-time low point in a well-respected, reliable national poll. Rasmussen Reports' daily presidential tracking poll for today shows that 39% of likely U.S. voters approve of Biden’s job performance while 59% disapprove. That's basically a 60/40 split against Biden.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron tells Biden that begging the UAE and Saudi Arabia for more oil won't work.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 27, 2022
Biden should unleash American energy! pic.twitter.com/4eWQ2RyIHV
Monday, June 27, 2022
We recently visited the memorable Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Sunday, June 26, 2022
On November 14, 2010, Martha and Paul welcomed identical twins, Claire and Mary, into the world. The girls were born extremely premature at just 23 weeks and 5 days of a 40-week gestation period. Knowing very little about premature birth, the Sharkeys were launched into the overwhelming and isolating world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After just 14 days, their daughter, Mary, earned her angel wings. Claire continued to fight and graduated from the NICU after 103 days.
Following their extended NICU stay, the Sharkeys recognized a gap in care for parents and families navigating the NICU journey. Martha and Paul created Today is a Good Day in 2014 to provide personal and financial support for families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Since then. it's simply amazing what TIAGD has accomplished:
- Currently partnering with eight hospitals and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
- Provided over 2700 care packages for families through hospital partners and upon request nationally and internationally
- Hosted over 50 Listening Sessions for families currently navigating the NICU journey. Currently hosting virtual listening sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Supported over 100 families with financial grants supporting transportation, car seats, cribs, pack-n-plays, funeral expenses, utility bills, baby supplies, and more
- Offered the 1st Greater Philadelphia Interfaith Remembrance Service for Miscarriage, Infant, and Child Loss
- Delivered over 175 Thanksgiving meals to NICU families last holiday season
There are wonderful things happening all around us -- and extraordinary opportunities to get involved and help others!
We recently took a quick trip to southwestern Pennsylvania to visit a wondrous place we've always wanted to see.
June 26, 2022
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
I listen to all of these foolish (stupid!) people, often living in a bygone era, like the weak and frail RINO, Peggy Noonan, who did much less for Ronald Reagan than she claims, and who actually said bad things about him and his ability to speak, or Rich Lowry, who has destroyed the once wonderful and influential National Review, the pride and joy of the legendary William F. Buckley, or George Will, whose mind is decaying with hatred and envy before our very eyes, or Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, two people who are finally out of the conversation and of no relevance whatsoever. Where do these people come from? They have no idea what the MAGA movement is, and even less of an understanding of America First, which is necessary, and even vital, to save our Country. People like these are nasty, jealous, not smart, and of no use to the potential greatness of our Country. They talk, they criticize, and they complain, but they don’t have the ability or talent to get anything done. They are shortsighted “losers”, and will never understand what it takes to Make America Great Again!
"Thank you, Trump!" chants break out as President Trump celebrates the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/jtYairzzk9— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) June 26, 2022
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
FOLLOWING OPINION FROM THE
I am grateful to the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States for their willingness to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and for their opinion, which affirms the deep value inherent to every human life.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Today, the Supreme Court forced our nation to confront tens of millions of smothered voices.
For fifty years since Roe v. Wade coerced the states to accept its judge-made law, over 63 million children have been slaughtered by abortion—many of them from disadvantaged families, many of them people of color. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 19 out of every 100 pregnancies since 1973 have ended in an abortion. Initially hailed as a liberating device, the Big Lie that the dead, the aborted Americans, never existed brought forth an American (and global) subculture that copulation could be forever used pleasurably, regardless of the incumbent responsibilities and consequences surrounding it.
Today, the opinion of Justice Alito and the Court has forced a reckoning with the aborted of America. Decades of squandered humanity now command our nation’s attention. There can be no reparation for the aborted America beyond prayer; unlike other sins of our nation’s past, we cannot pretend to erase it through seminars, activism, performative service, or “equity.” These lives are forever wasted. Some will respond with joy to today’s decision; in many states, the verbal outcry of the living and the moral outcry of the dead will immediately trigger an end to abortion. In others, especially New York, we anticipate that this reckoning will drive many to violent rage as groups like “Jane’s Revenge,” who have twisted abortion into an unsacred rite, carry out the retribution of the Democratic Party against churches and individuals who dared question its power. We believe, however, that as our nation confronts what it has done, for whatever reason, we can only process the slow creep of unfathomable guilt. We the people have killed
Violence will not cleanse our bloodstained conscience through the desperate assertion of “my body, my choice” in the streets and on websites. Nor may we forget the aborted America—what we lost. The aborted America took from us doctors, teachers, soldiers, priests, construction workers, waiters, scientists, community leaders, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. We must strive to live the lives that they cannot.
Even on this day of good fortune for our young, many states will continue to deny their young a right to life; abortionists and their supporters hold massive sway in many states, including and especially New York. For those who have had abortions or who are struggling with a decision on the topic, our Club would be remiss not to offer the support you need in this time of crisis. We will have more details on this topic in the coming days. For those who continue, after facing the truth of their legacy, to push for “abortion on demand and without apology” as they did at the doors of the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral this past May, remember that it is not too late to align with the truth and to reckon with your failures.
For those who insist that by speaking out for the aborted America we take “the wrong side of history,” remember that even Jane Roe from Roe v. Wade (i.e., Norma McCorvey) became pro-life and repented for her youthful indiscretions.
In response to the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born.
“America was founded on the truth that all men and women are created equal, with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This truth was grievously denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Waderuling, which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life. We thank God today that the Court has now overturned this decision. We pray that our elected officials will now enact laws and policies that promote and protect the most vulnerable among us.
“Our first thoughts are with the little ones whose lives have been taken since 1973. We mourn their loss, and we entrust their souls to God, who loved them from before all ages and who will love them for all eternity. Our hearts are also with every woman and man who has suffered grievously from abortion; we pray for their healing, and we pledge our continued compassion and support. As a Church, we need to serve those who face difficult pregnancies and surround them with love.
“Today’s decision is also the fruit of the prayers, sacrifices, and advocacy of countless ordinary Americans from every walk of life. Over these long years, millions of our fellow citizens have worked together peacefully to educate and persuade their neighbors about the injustice of abortion, to offer care and counseling to women, and to work for alternatives to abortion, including adoption, foster care, and public policies that truly support families. We share their joy today and we are grateful to them. Their work for the cause of life reflects all that is good in our democracy, and the pro-life movement deserves to be numbered among the great movements for social change and civil rights in our nation’s history.
“Now is the time to begin the work of building a post-Roe America. It is a time for healing wounds and repairing social divisions; it is a time for reasoned reflection and civil dialogue, and for coming together to build a society and economy that supports marriages and families, and where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world in love.
“As religious leaders, we pledge ourselves to continue our service to God’s great plan of love for the human person, and to work with our fellow citizens to fulfill America’s promise to guarantee the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”
New Jersey State Senator Ed Durr issued the following statement praising a decision by the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade:
“Today is a wonderful day for the pro-life community and our efforts to save as many lives as possible,” said Durr (R-3). “Unfortunately, Governor Murphy supports allowing abortions up until birth, so we still have much work to do to address this sickening taking of innocent lives here in New Jersey.”
June 24, 2022 -
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President
of the United States of America
"Today’s decision, which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. It was my great honor to do so! I did not cave to the Radical Left Democrats, their partners in the Fake News Media, or the RINOs who are likewise the true, but silent, enemy of the people. These major Victories prove that even though the Radical Left is doing everything in their power to destroy our Country, your Rights are being protected, the Country is being defended, and there is still hope and time to Save America! I will never stop fighting for the Great People of our Nation!"
Remember: Reagan said he would make it happen. He didn't.
HW Bush said he would make it happen. He didn't
W Bush said he would make it happen. He didn't.
President Trump MADE IT HAPPEN!
Thursday, June 23, 2022
From Save Jersey, by Matt Rooney (reprinted with permission);
Whether economic times are good or bad, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey always seems to lag the national average.
In the first quarter of 2022, New Jersey personal income rose at a 4.1% annual rate as opposed to the 4.8% national rate.
The Garden State also underperformed its neighbors. Over the same three month period, Pennsylvania’s incomes increased at 5.5% rate, New York ticked up to 4.6%, and even Delaware posted a 7.4% improvement. It seems to be a pattern: last quarter, New Jersey incomes dropped at a 0.4% rate even as the nation as a whole realize a 3.6% jump.
The results fly in the face of Governor Murphy’s pledge to build a “fairer and stronger” New Jersey.
“A portion of our weakness in the first quarter relates to the fade-out of COVID aid. This factor, for reasons that are not clear, was a larger drag on personal income in New Jersey than in many other states,” explained Dr. Charles Steindel, former Chief Economist of the New Jersey Treasury, in an analysis for the Garden State Initiative. “Also, a marked step-up in earnings in durable goods manufacturing was less important here than elsewhere, since durable goods production is now a small part of New Jersey’s economy. Finally, property income (dividends, rents, and interest) is calculated to have grown more slowly in New Jersey than in the nation as a whole, though it should be realized that quarterly state estimates of this type of income are likely subject to a large margin of error.”
Here’s the map:
A pair of New Jersey Republican state legislators today unveiled their legislation to ensure that the parents of New Jersey public school children will be able to exercise their rights under the law to observe, comment, and direct their kids’ education and safeguard them against the increasingly radical agenda of leftist educators and administrators.
Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Christian Barranco introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers. (©iStock)
Senator Michael Testa (R-1) and Assemblyman Christian Barranco (R-26) introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers.
“Parents are rightly upset about the stream of ultra-left indoctrination from some activist educators which seek to miseducate our students instead of preparing them for success in the real world,” said Sen. Testa. “As the spouse of a teacher, our focus should be on English, math, history, and science. Parents who pay the taxes to fund our schools need to have their rights respected and protected.”
“The nurture and upbringing of our children does not ‘take a village,’ it takes parents,” said Asm. Barranco. “School districts are not in the business of raising our children, they were put in place by the people, to serve those that vote for and fund their operations and the topics and content they teach our children will start and end with us.”
The legislation includes language to declare that “it is a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children.” The sponsors also maintain that parents, also as taxpayers, have a fundamental right to know the content of state standards of instruction as well as the curriculum established by the local elected school board in their districts.
Since April, revelations about proposed sex education curricula in certain public school districts have caused an uproar among parents. This topic only underscores the ongoing problems in public education where school administrators and board members have hidden topics from parents. The Biden Administration reportedly even sought to use federal anti-terrorism law to intimidate parents from asking questions at school board meetings.
“We believe that all information about public school education affecting students must be available to those paying for the education,” said Sen. Testa. “Parents have a right, and a responsibility, to learn what schools are teaching, and those schools cannot seek to delay or deny those parents their rights.”
The bill includes language which ensures “information about a minor child should not be withheld, either inadvertently or purposefully, from the child’s parent, including information relating to the minor child’s physical and mental health, well-being, and education, while the minor child is in the custody of the school district. “
Lastly, the bill maintains that the discussion of the above topics related to the education of minor children will be made available at meetings of the duly elected school boards established for that purpose and posted publicly for review.
The bill will now be referred to the relevant committees in each chamber and will await a hearing.