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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Corzine’s Property Tax Plan

“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine unveiled his long-awaited property tax proposal yesterday, promising to beef up homeowner rebates by 10 percent a year for at least four years if he wins election.”

Isn’t using the phrase “beef up” rather a bit much considering the average New Jersey homeowner would see $68 more in their rebate check next year? How much will the average taxpayer see their property taxes go up next year? How long did it take Senator Corzine to come up with this masterstroke of a plan? Thank God, he didn’t rush something out before thinking it through.

"I think my program is real, it's responsible, it's not excessive, but it's something that has real impact," Corzine said.

That’s one way to put it. Property tax rebates were a bad idea and a gimmick when introduced in 1976 as a companion to the then, newly enacted state income tax; and the program remains a gimmick that wastes taxpayer dollars in administration costs today. If the program had such a “real impact” would people be demanding real property tax relief now? Does Senator Corzine think $68 fills that demand?

The rebate program doesn’t provide real property tax reform or relief and as we know all too well, it provides no guarantees. The program can be reduced or eliminated at the whims of politicians in Trenton. As a matter of fact Corzine was advocating doing just that only a few months back:

In a shift from an earlier position, Corzine said he now flatly opposes a plan by acting Gov. Richard Codey to reduce rebates for senior citizens and the disabled, and eliminate them for other homeowners.

If this was a trial balloon, we think it just went – pop!


At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way Matt proposes Corzine's programs, in particular his health care, reminds me of a ticket promoter for the Giants who would do anything to get you into the stadium. You ask what the price of the ticket is but you're told not to worry about it, you'll find out once you get inside. You ask again about the cost, and are told, look, everyone else is going in, how bad can it be? You wind up saying, hey, maybe he's right, like he says, it a nice day, everyone else is going in and at least I can look at some hot cheerleaders and down a couple of brewskies and some dogs. After a couple of fumbles by the Giants and at the end of the quarter a couple of gents come over to collect what you owe on the ticket. When you protest over the price, they turn you upside down and shake out whatever is in your pockets. I just want to know the price of the ticket.

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

Can you say pandering?

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He thought I was rude because I asked him some pointed questions about his health care platform and demanded specific figures as to its cost. I would have pointed our that maybe he should have some cheese along with his whine but that would have been really rude as I had already told him to stop being a crybaby and just answer the questions. As was pointed out, at least they do have a website...how I would love to chop Forrester up....I would love to see Lonigan in as he seems to be twisted/crazy enough to actually do something....otherwise Schundler seems the better bet among the lesser of evils...

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

Lonigan... Toughness there, but on social not economic issues. All his ads are about values. This election is about taxes.

Schundler moved left on the wrong issues. He needed to drop his social issue stuff and hammer taxes and corruption. He could have won.

Forrester is an empty suit. He has no ideas and little backbone, but he has a big wallet. His tax plan is a gimmick.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty accurate njcons....I'd still like to see Lonigan just to put a live wire in Trenton

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coffegrounds has some pretty good decriptions too in addition to yours njcon when handicapping

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