Rather than admitting that the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) as been an abysmal failure as so many elected officials, employers and health insurance subscribers across the county have Governor Murphy continues to double double down. He announced in March that New Jersey will move to a state-based healthcare exchange beginning in 2021. Murphy claims the move is to protect New Jerseyans from the “sabotage” of Obamacare by President Trump and Republicans in Congress. What Murphy is really doing is putting politics before the health and lives of New Jerseyans and further ensuring that healthcare is unaffordable.
On this episode of the Informed Conservative Podcast we discussed the desire of Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin and members of the Democrat controlled Legislature to “legalize” marijuana in New Jersey.
New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and newly-elected Republican leadership held a press conference yesterday to discuss Governor Phil Murphy’s extreme policies that overwhelmed the agenda and failed to address any real concerns. See the video below.
The New Jersey Council on Local Mandates as ruled that the state’s automatic vote by mail law, passed by the Democratic lead legislature, is an unconstitutional unfunded mandate. Before the 2018 law voters had to request a vote by mail ballot for each election. The new law required County Clerks to automatically issue vote by mail ballots to registered voters who previously requested them. The New Jersey Association of Counties to filed the complaint with the Council on Local Mandates insisting the law violates the state constitution’s prohibition on unfunded mandates because of the expenses to process, print and mail the additional mail in ballots. The Council ruled that the law’s requirements should “cease to be mandatory in their effect and shall forthwith expire.”
Press Release from the NJGOP
Trenton, NJ – The fix is in! Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats are fast-tracking a law that will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey businesses and families The law prevents independent contractors from working for businesses unless the contractor is hired as an official employee of the business. The move will generate millions in new taxes, proving it’s just another Democratic tax grab at the expense of New Jersey’s hard working families. (NOTE: The Informed Conservative published an article on this last week. Read the article HERE).
Apparently New Jersey being rated one of the worst business climates and thousands of businesses, jobs and residents leaving the sate is not good enough for Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and other legislative Democrats. State Senate Bill 4204, sponsored by Sweeney, would end businesses using independent contractors. The law will have a negative impact on companies that use project based professional contract consultants or freelancers. Should this bill pass companies will no longer be able to work with professional contract consultants meaning that projects will leave New Jersey and jobs and tax revenues will leave the state. It’s a lose/lose for New Jersey businesses, a lose/lose for professional contractors and those who work in the “gig economy” and a lose/lose for the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal released the LGBT Equality Directive instructing the state’s 38,000 law enforcement officers on how to deal with the LGTB community. The directive’s provisions include law enforcement cannot ask a person’s anatomy unless it’s necessary to an investigation, must use people’s chosen names even if that name does not appear on official documents, cannot question or detain someone for using a restroom “consistent with that person’s gender identity or expression” or conduct “invasive search procedures to determine a person’s genitals or assign gender”. Wouldn’t you or I be arrested for giving police a false name or information?
After failing to get enough support in the New Jersey State Senate to get a “legalized” recreational marijuana bill passed State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D, Middlesex) have introduced a constitutional amendment to have a ballot question to “legalize” marijuana on the ballot in 2020. There is just one problem. New Jersey voters cannot “legalize” marijuana while it remains federally illegal.
A report released by the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission made recommendations on Thursday that included elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug and property crimes and a retroactivity provision that would allow inmates currently serving sentences on such crimes to seek early release. The retoactivity provision would allow thousands of inmates to petition for their release from prison. Attorney General Grewal served on the Commission.
Keeping a 2017 campaign promise Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 91 on Wednesday creating a Public Bank Implementation Board. The Board is tasked with developing an implementation plan for a public bank within one year. The private bank would hold the millions of taxpayer funds that are normally kept in commercial banks and use them for low-interest loans to small businesses, student loans, affordable housing and infrastructure projects that may not qualify for traditional funding. Murphy signed the order at a ceremony at New Jersey Citizens Action’s offices in Newark. New Jersey Citizens Action has been pushing the idea of a public bank for years.