State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Joe Rullo: Repeal the 23-cent gas tax

I will eliminate tolls and repeal the gas tax with the savings from the new efficient transparent highway entity. I will also eliminate $1.3 billion in pension fees to NYC politically connected brokerage houses and replace with licensed brokers in the state investors division to pay towards pension payment.

As Governor I will repeal the $.23 gas tax, and dissolve the transportation SLUSH fund.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign website Rullo2017.com Jan 17, 2017

Phil Murphy: Raise gas tax to renew Transportation Trust Fund

Raise the gas tax (begrudgingly) to fund TTF: "I think it stinks," Murphy said. "But I've been on record for over two years: We have to raise the gas tax."

Raising the state's 14.5-cent gasoline tax, second-lowest in the country, has been identified by most as the only way to renew the state's Transportation Trust Fund, currently unable to pay for anything other than debt service.

While it's not a "perfect match," he suggested raising the Earned Income Tax Credit--a popular credit among working class families--to 40 percent. Increasing that tax credit has been a part of multiple TTF plans proposed over the last few months. Raising the gas tax "is aggressive so it bothers the heck out of me," Murphy said. "But I hope we can find ways to cushion the blow." But doing so would come with instant employment opportunities--thousands of construction workers are out of work due to Christie's mandated transportation work stoppage--and provide a needed investment in infrastructure, Murphy said.

Source: Asbury Park Press on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race Aug 31, 2016

Phil Murphy: It stinks, but raise the gas tax to fund transportation

Raise the gas tax (begrudgingly) to fund TTF: "I think it stinks," Murphy said. "But I've been on record for over two years: We have to raise the gas tax." Raising the state's 14.5-cent gasoline tax, second-lowest in the country, has been identified by most as the only way to renew the state's Transportation Trust Fund, currently unable to pay for anything other than debt service.

A gasoline tax hike has become wildly unpopular in New Jersey, even at Murphy's event: There was only a smattering of applause when he called for the tax to be raised. Raising the gas tax "is aggressive so it bothers the heck out of me," Murphy said. "But I hope we can find ways to cushion the blow." Doing so would come with instant employment opportunities--thousands of construction workers are out of work due to Christie's mandated transportation work stoppage--and provide a needed investment in infrastructure, Murphy said.

Source: Asbury Park Press on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Aug 31, 2016

Steve Fulop: Gas tax is essentially a user fee for motorists

We have seen discussions of a "tax fairness" compromise, which would allow for a decrease in taxes to the wealthy in exchange for an increase in the gas tax. However, "tax fairness" shouldn't be about trading one tax for another, but rather should ensure that everyone pays their fair share. The gas tax solution is essentially a user fee for motorists who use our roads and bridges the most. It is a means by which drivers from neighboring states pay their fair share for using our highways. This solution encompasses the true definition of fairness, rather than creating shortfalls in other areas of the state's budget to solve our crisis of funding the trust fund.

A variable-rate structure means that when gas prices increase, the per-gallon tax that motorists pay at the pump will decrease, so that the amount that consumers pay will remain relatively stable. This both protects consumers and our state's economy from the tax burden that is caused by fluctuating gas prices.

Source: Asbury Park Press on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race May 20, 2016

Steve Fulop: Variable rate gas tax with automatic inflation increase

We have seen discussions of a "tax fairness" compromise, which would allow for a decrease in taxes to the wealthy in exchange for an increase in the gas tax. However, "tax fairness" shouldn't be about trading one tax for another, but rather should ensure that everyone pays their fair share. The gas tax solution is essentially a user fee for motorists who use our roads and bridges the most. It is a means by which drivers from neighboring states pay their fair share for using our highways.

A variable-rate structure means that when gas prices increase, the per-gallon tax that motorists pay at the pump will decrease, so that the amount that consumers pay will remain relatively stable. This both protects consumers and our state's economy from the tax burden that is caused by fluctuating gas prices. Additionally, it is important that our state's gas tax solution is tied to the inflation rate to allow the tax rates to adjust accordingly without legislative action.

Source: OpEd by Fulop for 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race May 20, 2016

Joe Kyrillos: Don't require disclosure of renewables on electric bills

Excerpts from legislation: S 1707: Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy This bill requires the percentage of renewable electricity sold in the State to increase once every five energy years between 2015 and 2050: from 11% in 2015 to 80% in 2050 percent of the electricity sold.

Legislative outcome:Kyrillos voted NAY; Bill passed Senate 23-15-2; bill died in House.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: S 1707 Mar 14, 2016

Ray Lesniak: Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills

Excerpts from legislation: S 1707: Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy This bill requires the percentage of renewable electricity sold in the State to increase once every five energy years between 2015 and 2050: from 11% in 2015 to 80% in 2050 percent of the electricity sold.

Legislative outcome:Lesniak voted YEA; Bill passed Senate 23-15-2; bill died in House.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: S 1707 Mar 14, 2016

Richard Codey: Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills

Excerpts from legislation: S 1707: Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy This bill requires the percentage of renewable electricity sold in the State to increase once every five energy years between 2015 and 2050: from 11% in 2015 to 80% in 2050 percent of the electricity sold.

Legislative outcome:Codey voted YEA; Bill passed Senate 23-15-2; bill died in House.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: S 1707 Mar 14, 2016

Thomas Kean Jr.: Don't require disclosure of renewables on electric bills

Excerpts from legislation: S 1707: Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy This bill requires the percentage of renewable electricity sold in the State to increase once every five energy years between 2015 and 2050: from 11% in 2015 to 80% in 2050 percent of the electricity sold.

Legislative outcome:Kean voted NAY; Bill passed Senate 23-15-2; bill died in House.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: S 1707 Mar 14, 2016

Bonnie Watson Coleman: Common-sense, sustainable solar & wind

Reducing our fossil fuel dependence will make America a stronger, safer place to live. Bonnie Watson Coleman led the way for New Jersey to invest in energy efficient appliances long before the green revolution took root. Now, she continues that mission of promoting common-sense, sustainable energy policies through solar, wind, and cutting our dependence on fossil fuels.
Source: 2014 New Jersey House campaign website BonnieForCongress.com Oct 10, 2014

Jeff Bell: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Bell: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Murray Sabrin: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Sabrin: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Jul 2, 2014

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