SPARTA, N.J. – Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space reiterated their opposition to a Murphy administration plan to raise taxes on motorists.
“Here is Governor Murphy’s administration once again announcing they want to raise taxes,” said Wirths (R-Sussex). “This is the Democrats in New Jersey wanting to start their own version of the Green New Deal by making fuel prices more expensive, taking more control over the economy and the choices we make as consumers in our daily lives. It’s not really green, it’s more like Soviet red.”
The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which the Murphy administration joined in December, issued a draft policy this week creating a cap-and-trade program to reduce vehicle emissions. Under the plan, fuel suppliers would be required to purchase emissions allowances through an auction.
“While Hal and I are working to grow jobs in the region, the Murphy administration wants to make it more expensive for people to get to work,” said Space (R-Sussex). “Raising taxes on the back of commuters to add bike lanes or subsidize electric cars is wrong. You are kidding yourself if you believe residents will start biking from Montague to Sparta or from Allamuchy to Belvidere to get to work every morning.”
Wirths and Space explained how the policy fits a pattern of Democrat governance in New Jersey.
“The facts are that Trenton Democrats have raised 139 taxes since 2002, costing New Jerseyans at least eleven billon dollars,” said Wirths. “Twenty of those new taxes have been in the last two years under Murphy. This madness has to end.”
Wirths and Space sponsor legislation that would block the proposed tax. Their bill (A5042) prohibits the state’s participation in multi-state cap and trade programs.
“Overburdened taxpayers need their own version of the Yellow Vests Movement here in New Jersey to stand up to the runaway tax hikes and bloated spending and overregulating which Murphy and Democrat legislative majorities have given us for almost 20 years,” Space said. “Hal and I want it to start now.”
The Yellow Vests movement in France was a protest against fuel taxes funding environmental policy started by motorists from rural areas who had long commutes. It quickly grew into a larger movement that included members of the working and middle classes who expressed their frustration about slipping standards of living.