Informed Conservative week in review 2/4/19 through 2/10/19.

Last week on the Informed Conservative Blog we asked why Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore, talked about another law enforcement agency limiting its cooperation with ICE and suggested if you want to see the future of New Jersey take a look at New York.  On the Informed Conservative Podcast we announced the New Jersey Republican Party Statewide Leadership Summit on March 1st and the March on Trenton on March 26th.  We again asked the question why does Murphy hate the Jersey Shore, how the $15 minimum wage will force small businesses to close, force layoffs and force job and businesses to leave the state and asked the question how long will it be before the exodus of families, businesses and jobs from New Jersey cause the same significant drop in tax revenue causing budget deficits in our state?  We continued to talk about Murphy’s agenda that is wrong for New Jersey, Democrats in New Jersey giving Spartacus Booker an unobstructed path to the White House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and wished the best to Jersey Guy Artie Lange who continues to fight his demons.

Monday 2/4/19Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore?

We’ve talked several times about the potential negative impact of a $15 minimum wage in New Jersey.  Ignoring all of the research on the negative economic effects in the states that have dramatically increased the minimum wage Murphy signed the $15 minimum wage bill on Monday proclaiming “It is a great day to make some history for New Jersey’s working families.  And that’s just what we’re going to do. We’ve talked long enough about putting New Jersey on a responsible path to $15 an hour minimum wage. Today we start our way on this path”.   Murphy signed the bill at the Elizabeth headquarters of immigrant advocacy group Make The Road New Jersey.  Murphy has made it clear that he is more interested in gaining votes for Democrats than he is New Jersey’s economy, jobs or the law abiding hard working residents of the state.  Additionally Murphy seems to be doing everything he can to kill tourism at the Jersey shore.

On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new law went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals.  Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2017.  These taxes will add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a weekly rental along the Jersey Shore.  Money that would have been spent in small businesses along the shore such as restaurants, retail stores and boardwalk attractions.

The average boardwalk job at the Jersey Shore currently pays $8 to $9 per hour.  These employers will have to pay $6 to $7 per hour more per hour for the same jobs plus increased payroll taxes.  Payroll costs will almost double for these small businesses!  Get ready to pay $18 for a slice of pizza on the boardwalk.  Enjoy your $12 ice cream.  The $15 minimum wage plus the excessive short term rental tax will result in a significant decrease in visitors to the Jersey Shore as a week at the shore just became unaffordable for many families.

I have to ask again.  Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore?

Murphy ACA

 

Wednesday 2/6/19Another law enforcement agency is limiting its cooperation with ICE.

Bowing down to pressure from advocacy groups such as the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition and the Pennsylvania ACLU new rules went into effect last week limiting how the Pennsylvania State Police interact with those suspected of being in the U.S. illegally and its cooperation with ICE.  Some states have partnership agreements with ICE.  Pennsylvania does not.

The new Pennsylvania State Police policy states that warrants for immigration violations are not grounds for stops or detentions because they do not constitute reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Yes, you read that correctly.  According to Pennsylvania State Police brass being in the U.S.  illegally is not grounds for detention because it does not constitute “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.”  I received a speeding ticket in Pennsylvania about 6 years ago.  I guess my defense should have been that traveling 85 MPH in a 65 MPH zone did not constitute “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity”.  I wonder if that defense would have worked.

Under the new rules Troopers cannot ask for identification (such as in the case of a traffic stop) to see if the person they are interacting with is in the country illegally and they cannot detain anyone even if they are aware the person is in the country illegally.  Pennsylvania State Troopers can still contact ICE if they suspect someone is in the country illegally but only after the person has been allowed to go.  They cannot detain the person.

Yes, you read that correctly too.  If someone is in the country illegally Pennsylvania State Troopers must let the suspect go then contact ICE.  What a waste of resources.  ICE must hunt for the person when the Pennsylvania State Police have verified the person has broken the law and let them go.

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf called for stronger rules after an investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found that state police were acting as an informal arm of ICE. On Friday, Wolf commended the new policy because it “provides clear direction for state troopers.”

If I can translate the Governor of Pennsylvania has taken issue with Pennsylvania State Police assisting federal law enforcement in enforcing federal law.

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Thursday 2/7/19If you want to see the future of New Jersey take a look at New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that New York is facing a $2.3 billion budget deficit after just last week he released his $175 billion budget proposal.  “The budget we put forward is not supported by the revenues” Cuomo said. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli referred to the unprecedented deficit as “the most serious revenue shock that the state has faced in many years,” adding that he believes it will “get worse before it gets better”.  If you want a crystal ball to see what the future holds for New Jersey under Governor Murphy all you have to do is look at New York.

Cuomo blamed President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which he’s known about for 13 months), a December stock market drop and high income earners leaving New York for lower tax jurisdictions. He blamed everything except his own policies. Cuomo eloquently summed up the situation saying that the $2.3 billion drop in revenues is “serious as a heart attack”.

Cuomo said the state cannot increase taxes on the wealthy as a solution (New York already has the 2nd highest tax rate on millionaires) acknowledging “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. The rich leave and now what do you do?”  Currently 1% of New York’s top income earners provide 46% of the state’s personal tax revenues.  Cuomo acknowledged that high-income New Yorkers are already fleeing the state for states with lower tax rates.

Cuomo should probably seek treatment for his Trump Derangement Syndrome (which Psychology Today speculates is a legitimate diagnosis).  Cuomo said Monday that federal legislation was a deliberate political attack on blue states and designed to benefit GOP controlled regions of the country.  “It’s all politics,” said Cuomo. “We are being penalized for being a predominantly Democratic state”.

Those of us in New Jersey have no doubt that the crisis facing New York is in our immediate future as Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature are taking us down the same path.  New Jersey is already the #1 state that people leave and #1 in foreclosures.  While chasing residents from the state Murphy ensured that tourism at the Jersey Shore would also take a hit with his excessive short term rental tax and $15 minimum wage.  No doubt the $15 minimum wage (New York also has an unreasonable job killing minimum wage) will force small businesses to close, force layoffs and force jobs and businesses to leave the state.  Murphy apparently believes that he can raise taxes on the hard working New Jerseyans and businesses who remain to make up for the tax revenues lost as residents and businesses flee the state.

Murphy calls himself a “pro-growth progressive”.  I guess that depends on what he is growing.  Is he referring to growing tax rates?  A growing number of jobs leaving?  Growing numbers of residents leaving?  A growing number of people taking their vacations elsewhere?  Growing numbers of criminal illegal immigrants in the state? Growing numbers of people crossing bridges to buy marijuana in the state?  A growing number of ineffective gun control measures that make residents unsafe but do nothing to keep criminals from obtaining guns?

With so many businesses, jobs and residents leaving the state Murphy seems not to realize that he cannot simply continue to raise taxes on the New Jerseyans who remain to make up the shortfall.  New Jersey is quickly approaching the same crisis as New York finds itself in and Murphy appears as oblivious as Cuomo was.

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