Just ahead of Monday’s Assembly voting session, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) called on Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-East Orange) to post a trio of bills he said would further the Legislature’s ongoing tax reform efforts.
Bramnick referenced a Star-Ledger analysis
showing property taxes last year increased by the smallest amount in two decades. He said Christie’s wide popularity shows the bipartisan reforms enacted in the past three years are working.
“I’m pleading to my friends across the aisle that this is the time to finish the job,” he said.
Bramnick called on Oliver to post three bills: A bill to reform sick pay rules to eliminate retiree payouts for unused sick time; a bill to allow towns to opt out of the civil service system; and the Opportunity Scholarship Act, which would provide tax credits to entities that donate to scholarship funds for low-income children.
Bramnick said the sick-time reform alone would save some $880 million.
Assemblyman David P. Rible (R-Wall) said the reforms would send a signal to those affected by Hurricane Sandy that New Jersey is headed in the right direction. He said many people along the shore are deciding whether to rebuild or move out of state.
“This is a perfect opportunity for us in Trenton to let people know we’re serious about property taxes so if they’re really thinking about going to another state, they give Jersey a second chance,” he said.