Gas tax hike: How did your legislators vote?
State legislation that raises the gasoline tax 23 cents per gallon to restore the Transportation Trust Fund for road, bridge and rail upkeep clears the Senate, 23-14. Now, it's the Assembly's turn.
The tally among Senators in Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington:
Yes - Joseph Kryillos (R-13), Robert Singer (R-30), Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8)
No - Jennifer Beck (R-11), Christopher Connors (R-9), James Holzapfel (R-10), Diane Allen (R-7)
Absent - Sam Thompson (R-12)
In the Assembly:
Yes - Herb Conaway (D-7), Joe Howarth (R-8), Sean Kean (R-30), Declan O'Scanlon (R-13), David Rible (R-30), Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8), Troy Singleton (D-7).
No - Rob Clifton (R-12), Ron Dancer (R-12), DiAnne Gove (R-9), Amy Handlin (R-13), Eric Houghtaling (D-11), Greg McGuckin (R-10), Brian Rumpf (R-9), David Wolfe (R-10).
The 82-page document also entails a reduction of three-eights of one percent from New Jersey's seven-percent sales tax, elimination of the estate tax and select income tax reductions. Ostensibly, it ends in eight years.
A significant reason for this course of action is that the money now being deposited in the fund is going straight to pay debts amounting to $20,000,000,000. Some would be structured to allow another $12,000,000,00 in borrowing during the next eight years.
By reliable estimates, the value of the tax cuts won't exceed the revenues reaped by the tax increase until 2025.