Baraka targets Murphy on the corporate business tax rate

Baraka targets Murphy on the corporate business tax rate

Good Tuesday morning!

I’ve always thought of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka as a close ally of Gov. Murphy’s. But during a rainy a Make the Road NJ rally Sunday in Newark, Baraka had some complaints.

He said the city didn’t get enough aid from Trenton on violence intervention, affordable housing and lamented the city’s increased health insurance hike under the State Health Benefits Plan. This was all part of the lead-up to him calling for Murphy to keep the 2.5 percent corporate business tax surcharge that was instituted in the fiscal year 2019 budget, which expires at the end of the year, and which Murphy’s shown no appetite to keep. New Jersey could soon go from having the highest corporate tax rate in the country to just one of the highest.

“We need as many resources as we can get, and those who have should pay,” Baraka said. “What’s ironic is that the governor knows this. At one point he agreed with this. And so we have to continue to get him to agree with it even on his way out the door.”

Now that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has declared his candidacy for governor, I can’t ignore the 2025 lens. Baraka is arguably the furthest left of all the potential candidates we know of, and you can see him staking out that position on this issue.

But as far as policy goes, there seems to be little appetite in Trenton to keep the surcharge.

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LUCKILY NJ IS KNOWN FOR ULTRA-ETHICAL POLITICIANS — “More money, less oversight coming to NJ politics. What could go wrong?” by The Record’s Charles Stile: “As more money cascades into Trenton, there will be less time for ELEC staff and investigators to follow up on formal complaints, less time for staff to respond to investigative news stories and less time for ELEC to follow through on its own spot audits. An Assembly bill would provide ELEC a $1.5 million increase to beef up enforcement staff — but that’s just a drop-in-the-bucket face-saving measure. Simply put, New Jersey’s political world will be awash with more money, but with less time to track it and fewer incentives for campaigns to comply with regulations aimed at transparency — or accountability, another buzzword that makes hearts in Trenton swell with pride. This new law is not something that should make the Statehouse proud. It’s a pivot from an emphasis on vigilance to deregulation — and certainly far less vigilance.”

IN WITH THE OLD, OUT WITH THE NEW — “N.J. polluters will face strict new rules. But law won’t apply to old applications,” by NJ Advance Media’s Steven Rodas: “New Jersey adopted its landmark Environmental Justice Law in mid-April, better positioning the state to protect communities against harmful contaminants emanating from several kinds of facilities. But one thing is clear to climate activists so far: The law will not have the desired effect of blocking a number of recently proposed projects that applied before the new rules were finalized. The law — the first of its kind in the country, according to Gov. Phil Murphy’s office — was signed in 2020, but the state only last month finalized and adopted the specific rules, which can now be applied. … What does not fall under the law? Company applications for permits or new facilities within those parameters that were submitted prior to April 17, 2023. Those, instead, will be subject to looser regulations that follow the spirit of the law, but not the specifics, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette.”

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PROSPECT PARK — “Muslim NJ mayor demands answers after being turned away from White House Eid celebration,” by The Record’s Hannan Adely: “The longest-serving Muslim mayor in New Jersey said he was stunned after he got a call Monday afternoon disinviting him from an annual Eid al-Fitr celebration at the White House while he was in his car just miles away from the event. Prospect Park Mohamed Khairullah said he was informed that the Secret Service denied him security clearance and he could no longer attend the gathering of prominent Muslim leaders. ‘It’s disappointing and it’s shocking that this continues to happen under our Constitution which provides that everyone is innocent unless proven guilty. I honestly don’t know what my charge, if you want to put it that way, is at this point, to be treated in such a manner,’ Khairullah said in an interview. … It’s not the first time was improperly profiled, he said. In 2019, Khairullah was held for three hours at JFK International Airport after returning from a trip to Turkey with his family.’” (Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service, later said: “While we regret any inconvenience this may have caused, the mayor was not allowed to enter the White House complex this evening. Unfortunately we are not able to comment further on the specific protective means and methods used to conduct our security operations at the White House.”)

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