I started this blog mostly out of frustration with the tax situation in New Jersey. From the looks of it, NJ residents will have blogging material for the rest of their lives, and so will their descendants if they stay in NJ. Once the circumstances are propitious, I won’t be staying in NJ; I’ll be moving to a state without a state income tax, and with lower property taxes. You pay enough state income, sales, local, and other taxes, and believe me, South Dakota and Wyoming start to look real pretty (and they have initiative and referendum, too). I’m not alone.
To tell you the truth, I have had it up to here with NJ taxes. The Democrat party has created this mess, and the NJ voters keep reelecting them and doing like Bill Engvall‘s dog Duke, who eats his own crap. Over the past five years, as Enlighten NJ points out,
Since Democrats took total control of state government in 2002, taxpayers will pay 71 percent more in income taxes, 39 percent more in sales taxes, 116 percent more in corporate taxes and over 40 percent more in property taxes in just five short years.
Enlighten quotes a WSJ article:
The Garden State has raised taxes nearly every year since 2000 and nearly twice as much per resident as the next highest tax state.
Back in April Enlighten NJ noticed that There Are No Cuts In Governor Corzine’s Budget. From the time Corzine took office, there has been $7billion in added debt. The State bureaucracy has balooned, and Corzine’s 2007 budget adds another 1,300 employees to the payroll.
Corzine has supposedly “shut down the government”. His idea of “shutting down the government” is to give state employees extra vacation days while grandstanding. Hardly surprising, considering the new proposed hirings.
Grandstanding it is. The Sunday Star Ledger had a front page half-page photo of the governor in his office, with a folding bed next to his desk. As if Drumthwacket, which is 15 minutes away from the State House, was barring him from entrance.
Buried under the grandstanding is one fact: There is no intention to cut state spending, which is the reason the state’s fiscal situation is such a mess.
Corzine is proposing a 9.2% budget increase and a 16% sales tax increase: Going from the existing 6% sales tax to a 7% sales tax is an increase of 16% — get out your calculator and see for yourself. It is not a a 1% increase in the state sales tax. As Jim points out,
In order to fund this lunacy, the Governor is adamant about raising the state sales tax from six percent to seven percent. He cleverly pitches this as a “one percent increase”. Even the Star Ledger characterized this as increasing the sales tax “by a penny”. This is, of course, pure bullshit.
Anyone who has made it through grammar school arithmetic knows, or damned well should know, that raising the sales tax from six percent to seven percent means that New Jersey taxpayers will be paying sixteen percent more sales tax if the Governor has his way. Sixteen percent more! Think about that for a minute, and it is obvious why the Governor is wedded to this idea.
The democrats in the state legislature are frightened that eventually the people will catch on and run their asses out of offices. Heaven forbid. This is why no budget was passed and why the state government has been shut down. The democrats in the legislature are burning the midnight oil trying to find ways to raise the same amount of revenue in a way that is not so obvious to the lames who continue to vote them into office. (E.g. increased payroll taxes are on the table).
the sales tax to lawyers, architects, accountants, advertising firms, seasonal rentals, tailors, shoe repair and dry cleaning.
I tell you what, there will be a Republican governor and Assembly before I see the lawyers agree to a sales tax on their services.
Codey said a second compromise he offered met with Roberts’ approval but not with Corzine’s.
Under that plan, the budget would be balanced in part by raising other unspecified taxes, and lawmakers would enact a 7 percent sales tax after the budget’s adoption. Codey said that under this plan, 100 percent of the new sales tax dollars would be dedicated to property tax relief, as Roberts has been seeking.
Wrap your mind over and around that concept: NJ has the nation’s highest property taxes, so let’s raise your taxes.
It’s all a shell game. The casinos may close, but the game goes on.
Update, July 5
From the brilliant Gigglechick,