Back in January we asked the question “Why does Governor Murphy hate 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. After languishing on his desk Murphy finally signed a bill on Friday repealing the short-term rental tax telling News 12 New Jersey “The mom and pop who wants to rent out their place we’ve concluded they shouldn’t be burdened by this,” The bill has been waiting for Murphy’s signature since June 27th. If you follow the governor on social media he appears to be looking for a pat on the back for repealing legislation he signed into law and waiting 43-days after it landed on his desk
Back in February this blog asked the question why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? At the time the legislature was debating raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In another blog post we talked about why the $15 minimum wage is bad for New Jersey. What most New Jerseyans did not anticipate was Murphy’s short tern rental tax. On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new short term rental tax 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. The increased minimum wage and short term rental tax are sure to have a damaging long term effect on the Jersey Shore as the cost of a family vacation at the Jersey Shore will increase by hundreds of dollars. Murphy appears more focused on using tax payer resources to assist illegal immigrants than protecting the livelihoods of those who depend on Jersey Shore tourism for their livelihoods. A bill is on the Governor’s desk to repeal the short term rental tax but Murphy has taken no action leaving New Jerseyans to again ask why Governor Murphy hates 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 today 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.