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The choice between the gas tax and higher property taxes

In 16 months, New Jersey will no longer have a Republican governor. The Democrats already have control over both chambers of the Legislature. So in 16 months, the Democrats will have all the power they need to raise the gas tax to any amount they want.

Today, for the moment, there is a Republican governor. That means the Democrats need to compromise in order to get a gas tax increase. Senator Steve Oroho was asked by the Republicans to negotiate a compromise and he got one that phased out the job-killing Estate Tax, eliminated the tax on retirement income for most retirees, provided for a gas tax deduction for commuters, a tax cut for veterans, and a tax credit for working people who don’t make a lot of money.

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August 23rd, 2016|

After Latest Executive Order from Governor Christie, City of Summit Officials Await Updated Bridge Construction Status

SUMMIT, NJ – In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announcing the enactment of Executive Order 213 — under which the state Treasurer “is directed to make available general funds for expenses determined to be absolutely essential for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey, or that are required to ensure the receipt of federal funding, in accordance with Executive Order 210, until the Governor determines an emergency no longer exists” — City of Summit officials are awaiting word on whether the Morris Avenue Bridge project will resume and, if so, when.

“Until we have received official confirmation that the Morris Avenue bridge project is contained on the recently issued temporary essential projects list, I will continue to work with members of Common Council and city staff to press the vital of interests of Summit to the state,” said Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “I urge citizens to do the same.”

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August 22nd, 2016|

See Route 9 improvement recommendations Tuesday in Toms River Read More: See Route 9 improvement recommendations Tuesday in Toms River

Last year, you told the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority how you think Route 9 traffic in Toms River and Lakewood can stop being a daily conga line. This Tuesday, August 23, NJTPA returns, with recommendations aimed at mixing those ideas into an expedient, affordable plan.

You can see the maps and displays, ask questions and even offer more suggestions in the Ocean County Library’s Mancini Hall, 2 to 4 PM and 5 until 8 PM. NJTPA staffers will conduct presentations at 2, 5:30 and 7 PM.

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August 22nd, 2016|
ForwardNJ Chair Tom Bracken

A Message from ForwardNJ Chair Tom Bracken

An American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) study shows that a $2 billion level of highway and bridge construction work in New Jersey would stimulate $4.7 billion in economic input, or a return of over $2.35 for ever $1 spent. Moreover, this level of investment would create an sustain 34,165 jobs throughout the state’s economy, with a total annual pay of $1.4 billion. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about a recent report by Peter Philips, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at the University of Utah that brings to light the challenge of maintaining infrastructure in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, and how the state’s construction industry is one of the most productive and best-equipped in the country.

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ForwardNJ is advocating for a robust, reliable, sustainable and constitutionally-dedicated solution to this problem facing our state.