Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) called a gas tax compromise worked out among Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) a “tax cut for the wealthiest N.J. residents.”
Democratic lawmakers worked out the deal with the Republican governor to a replenish New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund, left bankrupt a year ahead of schedule by Christie, who accelerated spending in advance of his failed presidential campaign.
Although Lesniak previously said he would support a higher gas tax, the deal worked out in Trenton leaves too much to be desired.
Lesniak used Facebook to declare his opposition to the deal between Christie the the legislative leaders.
I’m Voting Against Christie’s Gas Tax Increase Here’s Why
New Jersey needs to increase the gas tax to fund road and bridge repairs and infrastructure improvements, but the 23 cent a gallon increase coupled with a $600 mil. tax cut for our wealthiest residents is not the way to do it.
Also, the cost of transportation work in New Jersey is many time more costly than all other states.
Here’s what must be done:
1. No tax cut for the wealthiest NJ residents.
2. Reforms to cut costs of construction and to include citizen oversight of spending of government agencies like the Port Authority and NJTransit.
3. Phase in gas tax increases over three years so motorists aren’t hit with sticker shock and reforms to cut costs and include citizen oversight are enacted.
We need to fund road and bridge repairs and improvements but their’s a wrong way and a right way. The current proposal is the wrong way.
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