- Gubernatorial Tidbits
- No Increase in the State Gas Tax for 2017
- August Revenue Figures Show State on Track for Fiscal Year 2018
Lots of news to report in the campaign to replace Governor Christie.
- Phil Murphy announced a plan to bring free community college to New Jersey. As part of his “Comprehensive Plan for Workforce Development to Ensure All New Jerseyans Have Skills Necessary for 21st Century,” the former ambassador to Germany announced his intention to make New Jersey one of the few states to offer free community college to both new high school graduates and older students looking for new skills or new careers. The Murphy campaign estimates that the program could cost up to $200 million.
- The Murphy workforce development plan includes “Computer Science for All”, an initiative to provide every public school student access to coding skills and expanding apprenticeship training programs.
- Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno unveiled two new TV campaign ads this week. One commercial highlights her plan to audit Trenton as governor and use the savings to deliver property tax relief for working families. The other chastises Ambassador Murphy on his tax policy positions and suggests that he will raise $1.3 billion in taxes if elected.
- The Quinnipiac University Poll released last week found Ambassador Murphy holding a 25-point lead over Lt. Governor Guadagno, by a 58%-33% margin. The former Ambassador leads in almost every category of the poll, and perhaps most interestingly, almost 50 percent of likely voters find Guadagno’ s role as Governor Christie’s lieutenant a negative factor.
No Increase in the State Gas Tax for 2017
According to NJ.com and other media outlets, the Christie Administration will not raise the state’s gas tax this year.
The 2016 law that brought a $0.23 increase in New Jersey’s gas tax mandates that State review the gas tax rate by October 1 each year to see if it is generating the $1.23 billion needed each year to pay for Transportation Trust Fund’s 8-year, $16-billion infrastructure program.
As reported by NJ.com, a review of the NJ Division of Taxation’s Rates for the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax, finds no changes planned for Oct. 1.
August Revenue Figures Show State on Track for Fiscal Year 2018
The Treasurer’s Office announced that August collections across the State’s largest revenue sources saw an increase of $105 million as compared to the same month in 2016.
Treasury reports that collections have increased by 2.4 percent in the fiscal year-to‐date, though the revenue figures could be impacted by businesses and individuals living in the areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but pay taxes to New Jersey.