Taxation in New Jersey

We do not have a budget for FY 2012 yet (which runs from July 2012 through June 2013.) For FY 2012, governor Christie has proposed a higher budget of about $32 billion and also a 10% income tax cut. He expects that the New Jersey economy will grow as much as China’s. That is above 7%.

The budget which was approved by the Legislature for FY 2011 was about $29 billion and you can see the sources of that revenue and how it was spent in the pies below. The bottom-right pie shows legislature and Judiciary together but the Legislature takes about 2/3 of that amount – that is about $500 million. The Governor’s office consumes a bit below $ 100 million but that I know from a different source and it is not specified here.

I find both Legislature and Governor Office expenditures exorbitant.

If we add to that about $25 billion in property taxes we arrive at the sub-total amount of $55 billion that we New Jersey residents pay in taxes. About 10% of that goes to the counties. But we are not done yet.

Senator Sweeney has just introduced a bill which would include user fees charged by municipalities under the 2% property tax cap which became law last year. The bill is an attention seeker. Why? Because what municipalities will do is to drop those services which are most needed and residents will have to pay directly to the service providers – garbage collection for instance: Either people will have to hire their own private garbage collectors at higher cost and/or there will be more illegal garbage dumping everywhere.  Sweeney may be planning  to run for some higher office.

The total amount of user fees that New Jersey residents pay is near $10 billion per year. Therefore, the total amount of money that we all are forced to give the many governments of New Jersey is the eye-popping figure of almost $65 billion  yearly.

Bottom line: Government – or rather the political class benefiting from it – is financially suffocating the economy and people of New Jersey.

That is what I intend to correct if elected governor in 2013.

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Net Increase in Property Taxes Under Christie is 20% in 2 Years

NJ Spotlight | Net Property Taxes Up 20 Percent Under Christie.

The net increment is considering both the actual property tax increases and the reductions in homeowners’ rebates – which in essence have the same effect as paying higher tax. That is the problem with having a multitude of taxes: On income, on property, on sales, and then a multitude of user fees. Politicians use them for their shell game,  just like street swindlers do. Both republicans and democrats do the same and then pretend they are different.

Christie’s boast of the 2% cap is just a great sham.

This spider web of taxation allows the two parties to make all these false claims about reductions while in fact the burden continues to increase and we are not getting its value’s worth in return. The bulk of the increases go to feed an enormous and  useless layer of political hacks.

If elected governor of New Jersey in 2013, I intend to eliminate property and sales taxes . Some user fees may be abolished as well, notably Turnpike and Parkway tolls. In turn, government will be drastically reduced at the top – where it is never touched. Income tax and taxes on dividend earned off New Jersey will increase as well. Education will be funded entirely from the income tax and general revenue.

Property Tax Spreadsheet: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/lgs/taxes/taxmenu.shtml

Comparing Between towns: http://www.townstats.org/