SPARTA, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirths joined radio personality Rich Zeoli Friday on WPHT (AM 1210) in Philadelphia to blast the soon-to-be-enacted “rain tax” legislation.
“I think the state has hit the all-time low now by actually taxing the rain,” said Wirths (R-Sussex). “Businesses that do the proper thing and have parking spaces for the customers will have an additional tax to pay. This is another way to take tax money out of the pockets of taxpayers and businesses.”
The bill (S1073), which passed both houses of the Legislature, would allow New Jersey to tax residents and businesses based on how much rain hits their parking lots.
“The state of New Jersey is completely out of control, and I don’t see any end in sight,” he lamented. “[Thursday] alone there were seven new taxes and fees passed by the Assembly. After Murphy raised taxes $1.7 billion last year, I don’t know where the people are going to go.”
Wirths also explained how the minimum wage legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ignores reality.
“All the people they are claiming to help, they are actually going to hurt,” said Wirths. “You are going to have high school kids with no experience making $15. But they really aren’t going to be earning. They aren’t going to be employed. Nobody is going to be around to hire them.”
Wirths introduced an alternative to the minimum wage bill that had input and support from the business community and would have been more beneficial to low-wage earners.