TRENTON - The NJ Ninth Legislative District leaders Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove vehemently opposed and voted against legislation, S-1073/A-2694, that would permit a county or municipality to establish and maintain a stormwater utility which would be authorized to charge fees, commonly referred to as a “rain tax.”

“The last thing struggling taxpayers and small businesses need is yet another government entity that imposes fees, making this state even more unaffordable and costly to do business,” said the members of the 9th District Delegation.

“New Jersey has already earned an unenviable reputation as a high-tax and overregulated state, which has effectively scared off job-creating business and capital investment. Enacting legislation that imposes a ‘rain tax’ would only serve to further solidify this reputation to the detriment of our state.

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“It is important to note the utility fees that this bill would authorize would be regressive, hitting people who can least afford it the hardest. This would include seniors and those making minimum wage.

“If we want residents and businesses to remain here, let alone attract them to the state, then government needs to be reduced in size, scope, and cost – not expanded.

“If policy makers in Trenton feel so strongly that funding is needed for stormwater management, then the state can pony up the money. Conveniently, this bill would have counties and municipalities serve as the taxing entity, as opposed to the state.

“If Trenton can find $2.1 million to cover the legal costs of illegal aliens facing deportation, then it can certainly find funding for stormwater management instead of creating yet more fees to impose on ratepayers and businesses. Or, maybe, the state can reconsider its spending priorities to better serve our taxpayers. To that end, Governor Murphy should veto the ‘rain tax’ and stand up for all those who can’t afford it.”

Having passed both Houses of the Legislature, most recently in the Assembly on January 31 of this year, S-1073/A-2694 now heads to Governor Murphy’s desk.