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Can New Jersey Tax Itself Out of Existence?

Can New Jersey Tax Itself Out of Existence?
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:14 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Leftists are starting to figure out that voters who work for a living don’t like the word "tax." So Democrats now try to look wise and talk about "investments" and "user fees" and any other euphemism they can devise to pull the wool over voters' eyes.

New Jersey’s recently elected Democrat Governor Phil Murphy just invested the heck out of taxpayers when he recently signed a bill that raised taxes by close to $2 billion. Yet the leviathan state hadn’t even had time to burp after ingesting that huge amount before wanting even more.

Fox5ny.com reports that State Sen. Bob Smith now wants to tax the water New Jersey residents use to drink, bathe, wash clothes, and dilute their booze. This is quite an escalation from Philadelphia and other Democrat hellholes that already tax soda.

Smith’s idea adds a tax to water that is already subject to a user fee. Fox5 explains, “The state already charges a public utility franchise tax on water system operators of $0.01 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered to a consumer. That tax, which went into effect in 1984, is supposed to ‘ensure clean drinking water in New Jersey.’”

This could lead to a new motto for the Grabbing State, excuse me, the Garden State. New Jersey: Our Water Is So Good, We Charge You Twice!

Smith calls his tax a “user fee” and he claims the extra money is needed “to fix a crumbling water delivery infrastructure in the state.” But isn’t that what User Fee Version 1 was supposed to do? Doesn’t “ensure clean drinking water in New Jersey” imply it’s going to be delivered to your home?

Sure it does, only the money to do so has already been spent by Trenton politicians on something else that would gain them more votes than fixing water pipes. In the private sector if a businessman misappropriates money he can be indicted. In politics, he expects to be re-elected.

After expanding their taxing authority to drinking water, there are only a few activities the left hasn’t assigned to the revenue service. Traveling, breathing, and having a child remain untaxed at present, but New Jersey residents should not become complacent.

Savejersey.com proprietor Matt Rooney summed up the situation, "Once again, the most over-taxed people out of all 50 states in this country, are being asked to dig a little deeper." Only a tax isn’t “asking” it’s ordering.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Leftists are starting to figure out that voters who work for a living don’t like the word "tax." So Democrats now try to look wise and talk about "investments" and "user fees" and any other euphemism they can devise to pull the wool over voters' eyes.
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