Goodwill GOP amendment supporting intent of Democrat bill rejected by Democrats (BTW, it was about lowering tax burdens)

Goodwill GOP amendment supporting intent of Democrat bill rejected by Democrats (BTW, it was about lowering tax burdens)

Harold J. Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirths offered an amendment Monday to a bill providing tax credits for apprenticeship programs (A4603) to show bipartisanship. The non-hostile amendment added a new section of findings and declarations supporting the intent of the bill.

“It is a very friendly amendment,” Wirths (R-Sussex) told the committee. “It speaks to the good work that this bill does and that hopefully in the future, in the next session especially, we can do more good work to help incentivize and provide some sort of tax relief to a state that is over-heavily taxed.”

Before Democrats unanimously rejected the bipartisan effort, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty said the amendment was “superfluous” because “we already know it is a good bill.”

Wirth’s amendment recognized “that New Jersey’s tax structure must become less onerous on businesses and individuals,” and that “lowering tax burdens is a driver of economic growth and individual progress.” It further recognized that New Jersey “must do more to allow employers and employees of every industry to prosper by reducing barriers such as taxes, regulations and mandates.”

For a copy of the amendment click HERE.