New Jersey Professor and Patriotic Millionaire Condemns NJ Axe on the Millionaires’ Tax

Thursday, June 20
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Contact: Fiona McCarthy
202-446-0489

 

New Jersey Professor and Patriotic Millionaire Condemns NJ Axe on the Millionaires’ Tax

“Lawmakers are leaving an estimated $447 million in yearly revenue on the table thanks to the empty threats of a few tax-averse millionaires.”

 

Trenton, NJ – Today, the New Jersey Assembly and Senate voted in favor of a budget that does not include the “millionaires’ tax,” a proposal backed by Governor Phil Murphy, which would raise taxes on individuals with annual incomes over $1 million. In response, adjunct professor at Columbia University, New Jersey resident, and Patriotic Millionaire Eric Schoenberg issued the following statement:

 

“New Jersey’s legislature has made a monumental mistake in failing to pass the millionaires’ tax today, and we continue to stand behind Governor Murphy in his fight to establish the tax. With this budget, lawmakers are leaving an estimated $447 million in yearly revenue on the table thanks to the empty threats of a few tax-averse millionaires. While this budget makes decent strides towards funding policies that would help all New Jersey residents, there’s no excuse to forego millions that would be better spent on our infrastructure and education rather than sitting idle in the pockets of wealthy individuals like me.

 

The Democratic-led legislature argued that the millionaires’ tax would unfairly affect wealthy New Jersey residents given the new caps on state and local tax (SALT) deductibility, but the truth is that millionaires in New Jersey have already been getting away with not paying their fair share for decades. Despite extensive evidence that wealthy people don’t flee when their taxes go up, our lawmakers have listened to the bluffs of a few rich people over the needs of working New Jerseyians. Speaking as one of those wealthy residents, I intend to stay in New Jersey and fight for a budget that makes me pay my fair share once and for all.”

 

For further comments or questions, please contact Fiona McCarthy at [email protected]

 

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