Today, NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt issued a press release calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto the “Rain Tax.” The press release follows:
For Immediate Release
Trenton, NJ - NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto S-1073, Steve Sweeney and Craig Coughlin’s "Rain Tax". Last week, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin posted and passed legislation aimed at taxing rain. The Sweeney and Coughlin “Rain Tax” is on the Governor's desk awaiting his action.
"Adding to its reputation as the worst tax environment in the country, New Jersey is poised to tax – the rain. For little more than having a roof over your head, a driveway to your house, or a sidewalk in your yard, Democrats in Trenton see dollars in your rain drops and they want to collect them, in buckets,” said Chairman Steinhardt. “Sweeney and Coughlin’s “Rain Tax” is the latest in a series of hidden, Democratic taxes aimed at padding Trenton’s pockets and punishing New Jersey’s families, all the while claiming they understand your burden and feel your pain, but they don’t.”
Steinhardt continued, "The Sweeney and Coughlin “Rain Tax” gives new meaning to the old cliché, when it rains it pours. Rather than find creative ways to take more from New Jersey’s struggling families, let’s find decisive ways to stop the economic bleeding. Pension and healthcare reform are two, great starts. I call on Governor Murphy to use his veto pen like an umbrella and shield New Jersey from Sweeny and Coughlin’s “Rain Tax”."
The NJGOP's petition calling for Governor Murphy to veto the rain tax can be found here.