Category Archives: Politics

Are PILOTs good or bad?

From ROI-NJ: Is fixing PILOT regulations a way to fix school funding? Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director at Rutgers University’s Bloustein Local Government Research Center, said the last time payments in lieu of taxes were addressed in the state was 1992. … Continue reading

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Nothing will be done

From the Star Ledger: Huge change for N.J.: Public worker benefit cuts, merging schools, more toll roads pushed by top lawmaker Frustrated by endless growth in property taxes and public worker benefit costs, New Jersey’s most powerful lawmaker earlier this … Continue reading

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Other peoples money

From the APP: Tax relief better be on the horizon if Phil Murphy wants to get re-elected For more than a decade, the Asbury Park Press has been a tireless advocate for property tax relief. We have written dozens of … Continue reading

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Blue states throw Republican strategy right back in their face

From Above the Law: States Are Suing For Their SALT Deductions Back Under The 16th Amendment The Republican tax bill famously capped the deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) at $10,000 for the purposes of federally taxed income. The … Continue reading

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76% of CPA’s say the new budget is bad

From Accounting Today: New Jersey CPAs criticize state budget More than 75 percent of CPAs in New Jersey say the Garden State’s recently enacted budget would have a negative impact on the economy, according to a new survey by the … Continue reading

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No exodus?

From The Real Deal: No exodus from California despite pressure from new fed tax plan: real estate pros While homeowners in high-tax states like New York and New Jersey may be packing their bags to move to Florida and Texas, … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 86 Comments

Time to consolidate NJ

From the Star Ledger: I was the last mayor of Princeton Township: Consolidation works and we need to stop being afraid of it Consolidation of New Jersey municipalities — especially as it relates to school districts – can result in … Continue reading

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Murphy concedes to Sweeney, budget passes

From the Star Ledger: N.J. budget finally signed by Murphy after another really long day at the Statehouse It took far longer than anyone imagined on Sunday, but New Jersey finally has a state budget. The state Legislature put the … Continue reading

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Shut it down

From the WSJ: New Jersey Faces Possible Government Shutdown A government shutdown is still looming in New Jersey after several days of budget negotiations between Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers. The state government could close at midnight Sunday if … Continue reading

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Showdown time

From the Star Ledger: Gov. Phil Murphy’s rosy scenario for economic growth is full of thorns Uh-oh. The governor’s got a new cliche. It’s “rosy scenario,” and Phil Murphy repeated it several times last week as he fought with his … Continue reading

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Will you pay? Will I pay? Who will pay? No idea yet.

From the Star Ledger: Raise the sales tax? The business tax? Dueling Democratic budgets bring N.J. closer to a shutdown. Democrats who control the state Legislature on Monday announced they’ll introduce a $36.2 billion budget that would raise taxes on … Continue reading

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Glimpse into the future: NJ coming for your house

What happens when NJ can’t afford to pay it’s own taxes anymore? Rampant (fraudulent?) mismanagement of assessments? Detroit offers a glimpse into what to come in NJ. From the Detroit News: Study: Bad assessments prompt 10K Detroit foreclosures One in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 104 Comments

Bankers not happy with Murphy

From NJBIZ: Bankers: Economy weakening under Murphy A majority of the state’s local bankers say New Jersey’s economy would worsen under policies proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. In New Jersey Bankers Association’s annual survey on the economy, almost 69 percent … Continue reading

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Fix it, Sell it, or Get Out

From the APP: A tool for targeting the ‘zombie houses’ of Toms River, throughout the Shore They’re called “zombie houses,” and they can suck the life out of any neighborhood. Zombie homes are properties whose owners have walked away from … Continue reading

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Hey Democrats, where’s our pot?

From the Washington Post: N.J. Democrats loved the idea of taxing the rich — until they actually could do it Democrats in the New Jersey state legislature approved a tax hike on millionaires five separate times under then-Gov. Chris Christie … Continue reading

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