By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | Apr 17, 2019 1:08 pm ET
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Runaway spending. A nonstop bombardment of taxes. And a narrative of “victimhood” that undermines an “aura of hope.” These are some of the most important issues that aren’t being discussed in the mainstream news media, according to some Republicans in Essex County.
Patch recently reached out to several GOP lawmakers and political organizations in Essex County with a simple question: “What is the most important conversation the mainstream media currently isn’t having?”
Their replies follow below.
ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN ROONEY
Assemblyman Rooney, who represents parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties in the 40th Legislative District, provided Patch with the following reply:
“From taxing parking to taxing the rain, Trenton Democrats keep hurting the middle class. The very people they claim to want to help by raising the minimum wage; they end up hurting by raising taxes that increase the cost of living and the cost of doing business. The residents of New Jersey have had their taxes raised by more than $2.25 billion since Governor Murphy took office. While Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin promised that they would not increase taxes, they passed an additional eight tax increases. Now, we’re taxing mother nature. The new rain tax is soaking residents and driving them out of the state. I’ve spoken to mayors within our district and they see it as a new tax. New Jerseyans cannot afford any new taxes. I invite my Democratic colleagues to join me in helping the hardworking families in our state. Last year, I proposed a measure that would increase the age of a college dependent from 22 years to 25 years so parents can deduct $1,000 on their state income taxes returns. It takes many students more than four years to finish college. Yet, the Democrats in the legislature refuse to take action on this bill. The Trenton Democrats might talk a good talk, but their actions speak otherwise.”
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