To try to break the stalemate over a state budget for next fiscal year, yesterday Gov. Murphy offered a compromise to Legislative leaders that would reduce the corporate business tax imposed by the Legislature, phase in a small sales tax increase over two years, and raise taxes on millionaires. All these tax increases would generate new sustainable revenue that will balance the budget and create a stable funding source for future years.
CWA supports a budget that increases sustainable revenue, including a millionaire's tax. The Democratic majority in the Legislature has previously voted multiple times to pass a millionaire's tax. The Legislature's current budget proposal is out of balance by over $800 million. This means we would certainly have a shortfall during the year that could force cuts to public services, to our pension payment or health benefits, and to other programs.
Do you support an increase in state revenues from a corporate business tax and millionaire's tax?
Do you support increasing resources for public education, improving public transportation, and funding critical public services?
Do you support the state making a full pension payment and living up to its contracts?
Here are 3 things you can do to make a difference:
1. Call Your Legislator Right Now! (609) 400-4763.
As to talk to your legislator or leave a message. Thousands of phone calls have been made and more are coming in every hour. Let's keep up the pressure until a better budget is passed.
2. Come to the State House on FRIDAY, June 29.
It is one of the last days where the Senate and Assembly could vote to pass a new budget. NJ needs this showdown to be resolved on Thursday so we can avoid a shutdown of state government that could last a long time.
3. Contact Local 1036 to stay informed of budget shutdown updates.
...And Call Your Legislators Again! (609) 400-4763.
Please call your Legislators every day until the budget is passed.