Below is APN Executive Director Renee Koubiadis' statement on the proposed tax cut plan:
Poverty is at a 50 year high in our state. Throughout the year we have discussed and proposed ways to tackle this pervasive problem. An essential piece of solving poverty, is raising revenue to make sure we can fund the programs that help support struggling New Jerseyans - people who are working hard but still not making enough to get by, those who are disabled, those who are unemployed for months on end, unable to find a job. Growing up in Camden County my family was one of those families that struggled to get by, that didn’t have food in the fridge, and that relied on public assistance to survive and avoid homelessness.
If this deal goes through, the state will lose revenue that is needed to fund programs for the many New Jerseyans, like my family long ago, who can’t make ends meet. Each year, when APN talks with members of the budget committees, we lay out the arguments for investment in basic need programs. APN has repeatedly advocated for small and needed increases in these programs - increases that would total just $56 million a year. Yet we’re always told: we can’t afford it. If lawmakers “can’t afford” to help struggling New Jerseyans find stable housing, to help schools ensure no student goes hungry, to help more children receive high quality pre-K, then why can they all of a sudden afford to lose over a billion dollars in revenue?