PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters Release Rain Tax Video

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NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters released a video today regarding the “Rain Tax.” Their joint press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters released a video today urging the people of New Jersey to fight back on the "Rain Tax".

Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Peters have been vocal opponents of Governor Murphy's latest tax scheme, and are highlighting an avenue for people to take action. Chairman Steinhardt is circulating an online petition allowing for voters to urge their Mayor to reject the rain tax and Assemblyman Peters is providing local Governments with the framework of a resolution to ban the tax.

Please find the video here.

Full transcript of the video is below:

Chairman Steinhardt: Hi, I'm NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt and I'm here today with one of New Jersey's best and brightest, South Jersey Assemblyman Mr. Ryan Peters.

Assemblyman Peters: We appreciate you tuning in because we have something very important to bring to your attention. A few weeks ago Governor Phil Murphy, signed into law his newest scheme: the rain tax.  

This new law is nothing more than another Trenton money grab saddling NJ’s already overburdened families and businesses with another unaffordable and unnecessary obligation. The Rain Tax is a cleverly disguised new assessment on patios, parking lots, driveways and roofs. Homes and businesses, and even Churches, charities and non-profits are all susceptible to this new property tax.

Chairman Steinhardt: Many towns and cities around the state may face real stormwater problems, but residents should know that the Rain Tax is not a serious solution. The language of this law describing how much people and businesses will pay and how the taxes generated will be used is vague and ambiguous and, as usual, Trenton bureaucrats skim off 5% for its use, not yours. 

We must work within our means to solve our communities’ problems, but the cost of raising a family or owning a successful business in New Jersey is at a breaking point, and another manipulative revenue stream to pad government budgets instead of promote discipline is not the answer.

Assemblyman Peters: The good news is our local governments have a check and balance on Trenton's latest tax scheme. Your town or city's Mayor and local council members can reject the rain tax.

We are helping to start a movement to urge local governments to pass resolutions pledging to reject the rain tax. We've sparked a fire and now  the NJGOP and Chairman Steinhardt want to do their part to pour fuel on the flames and bring this to everyone's attention. 

Chairman Steinhardt: In the comment section, you'll see a post from the NJGOP with a link to a petition where you can urge your local elected officials to pledge to end the insanity and ban the rain tax.

We're drowning in taxes already. Please join us and help to cut off the steady stream of government mandates coming from Trenton and Governor Murphy. Sign the petition and tell your local government to ban the rain tax.

I'm NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt with South Jersey Assemblyman Ryan Peters and we thank you for watching.


PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt Responds To Murphy's New Potential Gas Tax

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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt weighed in on Governor Phil Murphy’s recent suggestion of “mileage fees” today. The Chairman’s press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - Governor Murphy is considering new "mileage fees" to pay for a shortfall in his infrastructure budget.

According to the state treasurer, tax revenues look like they’re falling short of this year’s $1.5 billion highway fuels revenue target. This shortfall could trigger yet another automatic gas tax hike to make up the difference.

Governor Murphy described finding a new way to tax people on their travel as, finding a different mouse trap to capture the movement around this state.

NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt questioned, "The Governor needs a better mousetrap to capture traffic movement? Hardly. It’s just another tax trap to capture more of your hard earned dollars! New Jersey is the highest taxed state in the nation. We don’t need new mousetraps,  we need honest solutions. Start with the repeal of the automatic tax increase put into place by a bunch of government bureaucrats. Finally, if the Governor really needs to know “where people are going”, try lower cost states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”


PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Urges Governor Murphy To Look At The Numbers And Wake Up

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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt today, via press release, called on Governor Phil Murphy to “snap out of his tax and spend trance.” The NJGOP press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - Two more jarring statistics were released yesterday regarding New Jersey's economy. First, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated that New Jersey lost 7,700 jobs in February. The state lost 9,300 private sector jobs, as the total number was offset by job gains in the taxpayer funded public sector.

Second, the Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) released an internal poll of 500 New Jersey CPAs, where 70% said they believe Governor Murphy's budget will harm the State’s economy. A measly 23% viewed the State’s economy as “good” and only 12% think it will get better.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt urged Governor Murphy to reverse course.

"These numbers and their meaning are clear. Bad policies have bad consequences,” said Chairman Steinhardt.  "The Governor needs to snap out of his tax and spend trance. People can only struggle for so long before they lose faith or give up. We owe it to New Jersey’s 9 million residents to help. ”

Steinhardt continues, “New Jersey is teetering on the brink of an economic meltdown. How many CPA’s, accountants and economists need to sound the alarm before our elected leaders respond? There are honest solutions to the State’s real problems. We can start by turning a billion dollar surplus and simple budget savings into real property tax relief for New Jersey’s struggling families.”