No worries people, Murphy is on the job. He’s mad and he’s making phone calls. From the Star Ledger:
They’ve gone to court. They’ve spoken out. They’ve even developed new ways to get around the rules.
Now a group of Democratic governors, including New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, announced plans to lobby for passage of legislation restoring the full federal deduction for state and local taxes.
The Governors Coalition for Tax Fairness plans to work with their representatives in Washington and try to convince other lawmakers to end the Republican tax law’s $10,000 cap on the deduction.
“I’ll call anybody,” Murphy said. “This is a big deal.”
Murphy joined the governors of New York, Connecticut, Illinois and Oregon on the first day of the National Governors Association’s legislative conference here to speak out against the tax bill signed into law by Republican President Donald Trump that targeted high-tax states. Except for Oregon, all of the states send billions of dollars more to Washington than they receive in services.
“This is politics masquerading as tax policy,” Murphy said. “It’s appropriate we are having this discussion in the middle of tax season because it is gutting our middle class. It is just plain wrong.”
U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., members of the congressional tax-writing committees, have introduced bipartisan legislation to restore the full deduction and pay for most of the costs by re-imposing a 39.6 percent tax rate on the richest Americans.