New Jersey Bill Passes: It Will Tax RAIN
Yes, you heard that correct, the New Jersey Legislature, both the House and Senate, passed a Rain Tax.
Now the bill heads to the Governor Phil Murphy’s desk and he is expected to sign it.
A storm-water fee, also known as a rain tax, is a charge imposed on real estate owners for pollution in storm-water drainage from impervious surface runoff.
“With all the salt that we’ve had on roads recently, that’s all running into the sewer systems. So you can’t ignore problems because they don’t go away,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said, in support of the bill.
Insanity has reigned!
Sweeney said most states already have storm water utilities that collect and filter runoff from storms. In New Jersey, the runoff goes directly into streams, rivers and bays, carrying with it pollution like lawn fertilizers that contaminate the waterways.
Former governor and current state Sen. Richard Codey said it’s necessary.
“A lot of our economy is based on, obviously, the shore. We gotta make sure we keep it that way,” Codey said.
Some homeowners aren’t a fan of the plan, either. “They are crazy. As it is, there are too much taxes in New Jersey,” Elizabeth resident Ramon Columna said. “Why would we want more taxes especially on cement, ya know?”
“Our homeowner’s taxes are as high as they can possibly be. They shouldn’t go any higher. It’s not fair,” resident Leslie Cedillo added.
Some Republicans have dubbed the bill the “Rain Tax,” saying another tax makes New Jersey even more unaffordable, and state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. agrees.
“We all want to protect our environment. We all want to preserve it for future generations. But this is a weighted tax. The citizens of New Jersey … really with no oversight and no way to defend themselves against tax increases at local levels,” Kean said.
When asked what he would say to taxpayers who say they cannot afford another tax, Codey said, “It’s a small cost to live safely.”
Other supporters say creating these utilities would help reduce flooding caused by storms.
NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto S-1073
“Adding to its reputation as the worst tax environment in the country, New Jersey is poised to tax – the rain. For little more than having a roof over your head, a driveway to your house, or a sidewalk in your yard, Democrats in Trenton see dollars in your rain drops and they want to collect them, in buckets,” said Chairman Steinhardt.
“Sweeney and Coughlin’s “Rain Tax” is the latest in a series of hidden, Democratic taxes aimed at padding Trenton’s pockets and punishing New Jersey’s families, all the while claiming they understand your burden and feel your pain, but they don’t.”
Steinhardt continued, “The Sweeney and Coughlin “Rain Tax” gives new meaning to the old cliché, when it rains it pours.
Where does it end?
Next they will, don’t doubt it, tax breathing! With a tax code that exceeds 80,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income…
With an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year…
That is JUST federal taxes!
Is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America?