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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Why not JC step up and pay its fair share of educating its own kids instead of robbing others?

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I think the payroll tax is a good first step, but why not have a municipal gas tax and maybe a municipal tax on marijuana if it is ever legalized

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Public speaks out on proposed Jersey City payroll tax

JERSEY CITY — Hundreds of people filled the City Council's chambers on Tuesday night to urge the council to pass a payroll tax that is intended to fill a yawning budget gap facing the city's public school system.

Supporters of the tax plan chanted "we hope you fund our schools" before the start of the meeting. They sent children up to each council member with bags containing water bottles — a reference to the lead contamination in the schools' drinking water — and a flyer describing the district's "funding crisis."

https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _jersey_city_payroll.html


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Councilpresident Lavarro introduced his own tax at .75%, less than one percent to protect the business community. He suggests the city gives them our money from the Port Authority settlement and future tax abatements. But that will not cover a shortfall of $170 million plus according to the state, the school are already short $100 million bringing the total to really $270 million. Then he suggests we audit the schools spending, Lavarro forgets under Fulop, spending increased from $585 million to $621 million. But he plans on cutting the fat from the school budget. By the way, Lavarro is ignoring the upcoming bond debt since the city bonded $170 million for Bayfront plus other bonds bringing our debt to $870 billion. That debt does not include tax appeals that is going on now.

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Is it any wonder why Amazon is bypassing New Jersey?
aren't taxes much higher in nyc than in jc or nj?


Give NJ some more time. We'll end up tops. And Amazon knows it.
i'd rather pay more taxes to live in NY/NJ area than no/low taxes to live in places like missippi or alabama or anywhere between the northeast and California.

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aren't taxes much higher in nyc than in jc or nj?


Give NJ some more time. We'll end up tops. And Amazon knows it.

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Is it any wonder why Amazon is bypassing New Jersey?

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Jersey City payroll tax clears hurdle amid objections

JERSEY CITY — Dozens of union workers crowded inside the City Council chambers on Wednesday to show their opposition to a proposed payroll tax, with business owners telling the council to put the brakes on a tax plan they say will devastate the business community.

Parents, meanwhile, urged council members to support the tax, saying the expected revenue is needed to stave off major budget cuts at the public school district. A form of state aid that brought the district about $170 million this year is being taken away in chunks starting in July.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _hurdle_amid_objecti.html

have I seen this play book before? Whenever wants or dislikes something, they get a bunch of union people to protest. This is BS. As JC becomes more prosperous, JC should shoulder more if it's JCBOE costs...Maybe municipalities should be allowed to have an income tax too.

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Jersey City payroll tax clears hurdle amid objections

JERSEY CITY — Dozens of union workers crowded inside the City Council chambers on Wednesday to show their opposition to a proposed payroll tax, with business owners telling the council to put the brakes on a tax plan they say will devastate the business community.

Parents, meanwhile, urged council members to support the tax, saying the expected revenue is needed to stave off major budget cuts at the public school district. A form of state aid that brought the district about $170 million this year is being taken away in chunks starting in July.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _hurdle_amid_objecti.html


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Now that this is happening - what will happen to Downtown JC, or JC as a whole, as far as property taxes?


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Now that this is happening - what will happen to Downtown JC, or JC as a whole, as far as property taxes?

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Jersey City payroll tax waiting for gov's signature

The proposed Jersey City payroll tax awaits Gov. Phil Murphy's signature, but it's unclear whether it will become law.

The plan, which would allow for a maximum 1 percent tax on a Jersey City business' total payroll, was dreamed up as a way to offset potential cuts in state aid to the city's public school district. Those cuts are part of a school funding formula bill proposed by Democratic state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and also awaiting Murphy's pen.

https://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_payroll_tax_waitin.html



And Amazon is considering Newark for HQ2? haha.

I'm pretty sure we're screwed either way. tax and spend.

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Jersey City payroll tax waiting for gov's signature

The proposed Jersey City payroll tax awaits Gov. Phil Murphy's signature, but it's unclear whether it will become law.

The plan, which would allow for a maximum 1 percent tax on a Jersey City business' total payroll, was dreamed up as a way to offset potential cuts in state aid to the city's public school district. Those cuts are part of a school funding formula bill proposed by Democratic state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and also awaiting Murphy's pen.

https://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_payroll_tax_waitin.html


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Interesting story on what percentage of your income funds your local schools. 5% is the state average, JC comes in at 2.9%. By comparison, Millburn is 5.9% (and it has the highest median income in the state, so that's a big number).

Mendham Township and Boro are 7.3 and 7.0%.

Just another example of how undertaxed JC is.

http://www.nj.com/data/2018/06/school ... up.html#incart_most-read_

Compare Jersey City with Bayonne.

JC family income is $60,703-2.9%
Bayonne income is $54,872-7.8%

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Big Brother Bezos is watching.

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Jersey City biz groups criticize plan for payroll tax

 A plan to implement a payroll tax in Jersey City has alarmed business owners and industry groups who say it would limit Jersey City's competitiveness and aggravate an already inhospitable tax environment.

The plan, which is moving swiftly through the state Legislature, would allow the city to impose a 1 percent tax on a business' payroll, with potential exceptions for the wages of city residents. Proposed as a way to fund Jersey City's public-school district, it was approved on a party-line vote by a state Senate committee on Monday.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_biz_groups_critici.html


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Gov Christie decreased the municipal appropriations budget cap to 2.5%. and a 2% tax levy cap. There are similar limits for county government and the amount of outstanding debt.

There's some limited exceptions/wiggle-room to the spending/tax cap for COLA and cap banking up to 3 years.

Before Christie, IIRC, it was McGreevy @ 4%, then 7% prior, etc. with the caps were first enacted in 1977.


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Murphy wants to raise taxes $1.4 billion, and it's not enough for hero69??

Maybe look into ways to cut spending, we sure don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
if there was so much fat to be cut, why didn't Christie cut it? are you saying Christie was a failure?


Christie couldn't even cut his own fat. How was he expected to cut the fat from others. As has been mentioned, he did slow the rate of growth, which was out of control when first elected.


He cut the rate increase in half, over 8 years vs the 4 of Corzine. It would've looked even better had Corzine had a second term to keep upping the number. A person with a $10,000 tax bill would have seen it grow to $13,791 under 8 years of Corzine vs $11,716 under 8 years of Christie.

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Maybe look into ways to cut spending, we sure don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
if there was so much fat to be cut, why didn't Christie cut it? are you saying Christie was a failure?


Christie couldn't even cut his own fat. How was he expected to cut the fat from others. As has been mentioned, he did slow the rate of growth, which was out of control when first elected.

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Murphy wants to raise taxes $1.4 billion, and it's not enough for hero69??

Maybe look into ways to cut spending, we sure don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
if there was so much fat to be cut, why didn't Christie cut it? are you saying Christie was a failure?


Christie's biggest accomplishment was dramatically slowing the rate of increase of municipal taxes compared to Corzine (and other previous Governors).
Cutting spending with a 'tax and spend' Democratic Legislature was not really going to happen.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pol ... perty-taxes-20171025.html

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Murphy wants to raise taxes $1.4 billion, and it's not enough for hero69??

Maybe look into ways to cut spending, we sure don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
if there was so much fat to be cut, why didn't Christie cut it? are you saying Christie was a failure?

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why isn't nj actively thinking about increasing gas, cigarette and alcohol taxes. What about revenue from legalized marijuana.

so far, i have been UNDERWHELMED by Sweeney...the guys seems to be lacking although he is a vast improvement over that last clown.


You do know Murphy, not Sweeney, is the Governor, right?
yes, I meant murphy or whoever the governor is...lol

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If a payroll tax is imposed it should be across the board.

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Hudson County at its corrupt best. JC municipal workers and JC residents working in JC will skate on the 1% payroll tax.

That's going to piss off the bi-partisan bloc now pissed off about school money distribution.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ity_payroll_tax_bill.html

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Or an elaborate hydroponic greenhouse on their roof?


Yeah.. think I will stick with tomatoes and basil. I have to re-design the drainage system and improve the insulation. That is on hold due to new baby expenses followed by the fact the wife is tired of our "temporary" (for the past 14 years) kitchen.

Hopefully next year I'll have it back up and running.

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Or an elaborate hydroponic greenhouse on their roof?

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Murphy wants to raise taxes $1.4 billion, and it's not enough for hero69??

Maybe look into ways to cut spending, we sure don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

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why isn't nj actively thinking about increasing gas, cigarette and alcohol taxes. What about revenue from legalized marijuana.


We already increased the gas tax significantly.

When you raise the sin taxes too high, people just buy off of the black market. This already happened with cigarettes. It will happen with marijuana when the state tries to charge confiscatory taxes for the product. People will just go buy from the black market. Anyone with a closet and a grow lamp can grow cannabis.

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