Ciattarelli: 'Governor Murphy, I'll See You in Court' - New Jersey Globe
When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Apparently, Governor Murphy never learned that lesson.
Even before the COVID-19 restrictions, our business climate ranked worst in the country. Year over year our state economy has lagged the national economy. We have been dead last or next to last in job growth, wage growth, and fiscal health. Our property taxes are the highest in the nation and our soaring state debt has been downgraded 12 times in the past 10 years.
All of which has made our state unaffordable for starting a family, building a small business, or retiring with dignity.
Four months ago, I launched a campaign committed to fixing these systemic problems – to climbing out of the hole dug by Governors of both parties for decades – and positioning our state for long-term prosperity. We know what needs to be done. Improve our business climate, reform public employee benefits, scrap the outdated and unfair school funding formula, grow our economy, and make New Jersey more affordable for every day, hard-working New Jerseyans.
The widespread pain and economic carnage inflicted by COVID-19 restrictions has only made these reforms more critical. We must put ourselves on solid fiscal and economic footing to improve the lives of every taxpayers and adequately prepare for the next emergency – be it a storm, pandemic, or whatever else comes our way.
Unfortunately, Governor Murphy continues to lack the political will to take on these problems and to buck the entrenched special interests who control him. Instead, he’s planning to borrow $9 billion to fund an already broken state budget. Not only would such a move further destroy our state’s credit rating, it would also further bury us in debt that some outlets forecast could be as high as $65,000 for each current New Jersey taxpayer.
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