The big story in New Jersey today was Governor Corzine’s proposed state budget. You can read his speech here. To summarize, New Jerseyans will be looking at higher sales tax, increased tax on cigarettes and liquor, increased tax on luxuries like limousine services and tanning salons, possibly increased property taxes even after rebates, and no increase in state assistance to schools, and elimination of state income tax for those with less than $30,000 in annual income.
If you’re one of the many who travel from New York to New Jersey to purchase clothing without sales tax, you do not need to worry. Clothing will still be tax-free in the state.
Looking beyond politics, here are the principles on which Corzine says he has based the budget proposal:
* We must stop spending more than we take in.
* We must stop borrowing and using gimmicks to pay today’s bills.
* We must rely much more heavily on cuts in spending and savings than new revenues to balance our books, and
* We must be smart in finding ways to mitigate the impact of these cuts to protect the most vulnerable in our state.
To translate, Corzine wants the state’s philosphy to emphasize living below your means, refraining from using one credit card to pay off another, focusing on expenses rather than the less flexible income, and helping to look after those who need assistance.
Updated September 28, 2007 and originally published March 21, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.