GOP lawmaker urging vote on N.J. tax cut

The top Republican in the New Jersey Assembly is pushing for a vote this month on a tax cut bill.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick wants a bill providing property tax credits to be considered when the Assembly, controlled by Democrats, holds its next voting session on Oct. 18.

Middle-class families and small businesses can’t wait any longer for tax relief,” said Bramnick, R-Union.

“There are many Democrats who put in bills that increase expenditures. So there’s money out there. The question is, how do we spend it?” he said Thursday.

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“The problem here is the Democrats want to spend it. We want to let the taxpayers keep it.”

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says she won’t post the bill for a vote this month.

“We cannot hastily approve the tax cut. We are still concerned about the revenues,” said Oliver, D-Essex. “We continue to be concerned about the implications for drastic or dramatic cuts to the budget.”

Oliver says it’s unreasonable for Gov. Chris Christie to take a position blocking any measure that increases spending unless a tax cut is approved.

Democrats want to wait until January to see if state revenues meet the governor’s projections before authorizing a tax cut.

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