Category Archives: Politics

The new inflation baseline

From the WSJ: Must Inflation Be Brought Down All the Way to 2%? “Why must inflation be around 2%?” is a question that obsessed central bankers back when inflation was stubbornly below their favorite target. It makes more sense to … Continue reading

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Mid-terms 2022!

From the Star Ledger: Everything you need to know about N.J. midterm elections Tuesday, including all House races Get ready, New Jersey. Tuesday is Election Day in the 2022 midterm elections, with all 12 of the state’s seats in the U.S. House of … Continue reading

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Casino in the Swamp

From Forbes: How New Jersey Will Double Down On Gambling If Casinos Come To New York City If the handful of billionaires, real estate developers and gambling companies get their way and bring a Las Vegas-style casino resort to New York … Continue reading

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UK brings out the big guns to fight recession

From CNBC: UK government dishes out extensive tax cuts as country braces for recession The measures include: Cancellation of a planned rise in corporation tax to 25%, keeping it at 19%, the lowest rate in the G-20. A reversal in … Continue reading

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NJ: Want your tax break? Get back to the office.

Disregard the source, was trying to find a non-paywalled version of this article yesterday. From Florida Realtors: N.J. to Companies: Make Workers Return While companies continue to wrestle with the employee question – Should they be allowed to work remotely … Continue reading

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Who to blame?

From Vice: Good News: Economy Sucks, You’re Screwed, and It’s All Your Fault, Economists Say Good news everyone: wage increases are slowing, raises are getting smaller, layoffs are beginning to happen, and inflation is all your fault. And you should … Continue reading

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Relief?

From the Record: New Jersey taxpayers won’t find relief in Phil Murphy’s budget Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats in the state legislature are lauding themselves for providing relief and improving New Jersey’s economy with their recently passed state budget. Neither … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 68 Comments

King Murphy

From NJ101.5: NJ’S MURPHY SIGNALS POSSIBLE WHITE HOUSE RUN With speculation intensifying that President Joe Biden will not seek a second term, Gov. Phil Murphy is raising his profile for a potential White House bid. A $2 million ad blitz … Continue reading

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Worth breaking something

From Bloomberg: Fed Mulls ‘Game Changer’ to Jolt Inflation: Decision Day Guide Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who’s carefully telegraphed interest rate hikes over four years, looks likely to abandon gradualism and move more forcefully to stamp out inflation along … Continue reading

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Let’s get those steaks sizzling – if you can afford it

From CNBC: Consumer price inflation in May expected to run sizzling hot as energy, food and rent rose Economists expect inflation in May continued to burn white hot, with energy, food, rent and health-care costs all rising. According to Dow … Continue reading

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Yeah Right

From NJ1015: GOP plan for ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to cut NJ taxes Assembly Republicans want to cut income taxes as part of the new state budget, part of a four-pronged plan for responding to an unprecedented surge in state revenues and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 302 Comments

NJ’s new tax rebate

From Patch: $900M In Tax Relief Could Be Coming To 1.8M NJ Homeowners, Renters Nearly 1.8 million New Jersey homeowners and renters could get some money back from the state under Gov. Phil Murphy’s new property tax relief program proposed … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 127 Comments

All eyes on school budgets

From the Star Ledger: Jersey City slams $1,600 school tax hike, but education group says sides ‘need to figure how to make that work’ The Fulop administration slammed the Jersey City Board of Education for its $1,600-per-average-homeowner tax hike in … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 132 Comments

Low tax counties see cuts to school aid

From NJ1015: 6 NJ counties may see property taxes rise due to school aid cuts When Gov. Murphy announces a victory, you always have to look underneath for the real story. That’s because in a tax and spend administration like … Continue reading

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Cheaper to live in NJ? Yeah, right.

From the Star Ledger: Murphy unveils plan for big property tax rebates to nearly 2M N.J. households Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday his administration will extend property tax relief to about 1.8 million New Jersey households by replacing the state’s Homestead Benefit … Continue reading

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