By Avi Solomon, Matzav.com Newscenter
In life we have to make choices whether we want to or not. Of course, the choices we make always have a ripple effect of consequences. I made a choice to run for General Assembly of the 30th District of New Jersey. If elected, my choice will have tremendous ripple effects, which I hope will be for the good of Lakewood, the entire 30th District, and all of NJ. However, positive ripple effects can only be created by making the correct decisions. One of the crucial decisions that I’ll have to make if elected to the General Assembly is on the NJ budget.
The NJ budget is proposed by the governor, but it must be approved by the state legislators. In light of New Jersey’s current economic troubles even Governor Corzine promoted a budget cut of about two billion dollars along with a tax increase for the upper-class and wealthy of our state. Aside from that Corzine promoted the idea of denying homeowners a tax rebate if they make over $75,000 a year and cutting the tax rebate of homeowners by 33% if they make between $50,000 and $75,000. Corzine made a series of bad decision and the NJ General Assembly as well as the Senate are expected to follow in pursuit of Corzine’s financially destructive path. It is expected that both houses in the NJ legislation are going to pass Corzine’s budget proposal. As a Republican I believe in cutting taxes for all classes and could never vote in favor of any budget that emphasized a combination of class-warfare and tax increases. Granted, to believe in tax-cuts is also to believe in limiting government spending. Nevertheless, I believe that tax cuts are the ultimate key to stimulating and maintaining a healthy economy.
New Jersey has been the victim of tax increases in every area possible. If elected, I will fight to lower taxes in every area possible. I will fight to lower the state’s gross income tax rate, the state’s corporate business tax rate, and the state’s investment tax. In other words, I will fight to keep your money from being stolen by the government. The one area that I won’t fight taxes is to reduce the state’s sale tax back to the 6% that it was at in 2006 before the Corzine raised it to 7%. Nevertheless, I am convinced that if I could succeed in promoting my suggested tax-cuts our state would begin to financially thrive once more.
I have already mentioned that I believe taking the issue of illegal immigrant in NJ to task will save the state millions upon millions of dollars. However, I admit that it would not solve the state’s financial deficit problem alone. Another area that I would seek to save the money of hard-earned tax dollars is in our state prisons. New Jersey pumps millions of dollars into its prisons. I believe that a great amount of this money could be saved and go towards my tax-cut proposals by creating much more lenient standards in our criminal justice department. NJ law currently imposes a minimum three year prison sentence for somebody convicted of their third drug possession. Keep in mind, this sentence is not being handed down to a person guilty of selling drugs and the amount in possession is irrelevant. In my opinion, such a punishment is not only extremely harsh, but expensive as well. I would propose that such a person should serve three months in prison and pay a $2500 fine. This is just one example of how I’d seek to save the state money and finance tax-cuts across the board without cutting important programs.
I know that when it comes down to it it isn’t easy for any legislator to vote in favor of tax-cuts. However, it is a choice that I believe is correct and I’m willing to live with the consequences of my decision in this area.