Art G discusses the Trenton Budget Circus with Tommy G this afternoon

The budget battle is Trenton is heating up as Governor Phil Murphy is threatening to shut down the government if the legislature doesn’t give him all the tax increases he wants.  Democrats and Republicans in the legislature are talking to each other in preparation of a possible override of Murphy’s threatened veto.  Former Governor Chris Christie is in the mix!

The Trenton budget circus is wilder than it has been since..well since last June when the government shut down while Christie went to the beach.

MMM publisher Art Gallagher will be on the Tommy G Show live this afternoon at 4:06 to give Tommy’s listeners an update on the shenanigans. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Murphy puts the brakes on sports betting at NJ racetracks despite legislature’s green light

Don’t count on placing a bet on the NBA Finals or the Yankees/Mets subway series games this weekend at Monmouth Park.  Governor Phil Murphy has not signed the bill regulating sports betting that passed the legislature unanimously yesterday and the New Jersey Racing Commission, which Murphy controls, warned the state’s three tracks not to take bets before he does, according to a NJ.com report.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the nationwide sports betting ban, except for Nevada, Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park announced he was prepared to start taking bets at the William Hill Race and Sports Bar on Memorial Day. New Jersey already had a law on the books, and a state constitutional amendment, that allows sports betting, so with the federal ban overturned by SCOTUS, there was no legal barrier to accepting bets.

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Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

“Millionaires Tax” Not the NJ Fairy Tale Governor Murphy is Selling

By Rosemary Becchi, J.D., L.L.M.

We all know how the story goes: Steal from the rich and give to the poor.  In the story, it’s noble and righteous for the hero to take these actions.  So, it’s no surprise that Governor Phil Murphy believes he can sell New Jerseyans on an economic proposal known as the “Millionaires Tax”.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a story, and the Millionaires Tax doesn’t steal from the rich to give to the poor.  In fact, it steals from small businesses and gives to the bureaucracy of our state government that has proven unwilling and unable to make tough spending decisions.

Murphy’s story goes something like this: New Jersey will raise the state income tax rate for residents who earn more than $1 million, and this will supposedly produce more than $765 million in new state revenue.  Currently, the state’s personal income tax rate tops out at 8.97 percent on income over $500,000.  Governor Murphy’s proposed Millionaires Tax would increase the marginal tax rate applied to income above $1 million to 10.75 percent.

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Posted: May 24th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on “Millionaires Tax” Not the NJ Fairy Tale Governor Murphy is Selling

Facing anger and tears at town hall, Phil Murphy vows to fix N.J.’s school funding woes

The town hall crowd showed up Wednesday night in Willingboro to lambaste Gov. Phil Murphy over how New Jersey will dole out aid to public schools in his first state budget proposal. There was worry and anger. Some told Murphy he had let them down. One woman cried, and her 7-year-old son asked the Democratic governor… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Murphy to hold telephone town hall

Governor Phil Murphy is holding a telephone town hall on Thursday evening, March 29, at 7PM, according to an announcement from the NJ Democratic Committee.   The call in number is 609-236-7033.

The announced topic is the governor’s budget address.

What would you like to tell the him?

Posted: March 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments »

If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?

New Jersey’s municipalities are being left out in the cold again by a state budget that seeks to freeze aid to towns at 2010 levels, leaving municipal officials with little choice but to increase property taxes to avoid cutting services. Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget recommends no increase in aid to communities, keeping the level of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Watch Governor Murphy’s First Budget Address Live at 2pm

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Watch Governor Murphy’s First Budget Address Live at 2pm

The Big Things to Watch for in Murphy’s Inaugural Budget

Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to present his first state budget this afternoon in a speech before a joint session of the Legislature in Trenton. Since being sworn in earlier this year, Murphy, a Democrat, has promised to take the state in a new direction after eight years under former Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The budget… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The Big Things to Watch for in Murphy’s Inaugural Budget

NJ Shutdown Is Over

Governor Christie signs the budget. Photo by Tim Larsen

Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed a budget last night which Governor Chris Christie signed, ending the three day shutdown of non-essential government services.

New Jersey state parks and beaches will be open today, the 4th of July.  Courts, MVC offices and all other state operations will return to their normal operating hours tomorrow.

At at 10pm press conference announcing a deal on legislation to change the State’s oversight of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said that would ask Christie to support their desire to pay state employees for their forced day off on July 3.

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Posted: July 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Guadagno offers shutdown compromise

Lt Governor Kim Guadagno. Photo credit: Tim Larsen/Governor’s office

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today called on Governor Chris Christie, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney to set aside the Horizon bill that is causing the deadlock in Trenton and instead take up a bill sponsored by Assembly Members Declan O’Scanlon and Nancy Muñoz that freezes existing government employee unused sick time payouts at the amounts already accumulated while eliminatinating the practice of lump sum payouts for unused sick time for new employees.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »