Senate Democratic leaders announced potential solutions to the state’s budget issue while keeping the pension payment intact, which included increasing taxes for wealthier New Jerseyans as well as businesses. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the possibility of raising taxes would be dead on arrival.
“As far as the Republican caucus is concerned, this is a complete non-starter and in fact we would go as far as to say that opposing it is a complete no-brainer because what New Jersey needs is the people who create jobs by investing and growing in new businesses,” said Handlin. “To push them out, to essentially say they’re not welcome because we’re going to be re-enacting a whole new draft of taxes to penalize their earnings, their hard work is crazy.”
While projections of revenue by the administration have not been met, Handlin said that there are several proposals for changes and that more will be revealed in the upcoming days. Handlin also said that it is unacceptable to entertain the option of higher taxes.
As for getting the idea of no tax increases across, Handlin said, “It’s not even necessary to read my lips. I mean, I’ll write it down, I’ll send it out via social media. I’ll communicate it in any way that’s necessary, as well as all of my Republican colleagues.”
Meanwhile the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures continues. Handlin previously had mentioned that a lot of time had been wasted. According to Handlin, the committee has a dual job during the investigation and that one task is to determine what went wrong and what caused the lane closures last fall. The second task within the investigation, according to Handlin, is to make sure a similar incident does not happen again.
Handlin also said that she is working on a bill that could change the Port Authority in ways that would make it impossible for a situation such as the lane closures to happen again.