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Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver at the 2021 lieutenant gubernatorial debate. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Oliver says she would hold up reconciliation bill over SALT deduction

By Joey Fox, October 06 2021 12:43 pm

Asked about removing the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap after last night’s lieutenant gubernatorial debate, Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Oliver said that she strongly supported using the House’s reconciliation package to lift the cap and signalled that, if she were in Congress, she would use her vote as leverage to do so.

“SALT is very important for us in New Jersey,” Oliver said. “And if I were a member of the congressional [delegation], I would be in there fighting hard for SALT. That alone will make a difference in the pocketbooks of New Jerseyans, and I think that I would probably be holding out if I was a congressional representative.”

Oliver’s answer is far more committal than that of Gov. Phil Murphy, who has insisted he would fight both for removing the SALT cap and for the overall reconciliation package without saying if he would prioritize one over the other.

But several members of the state’s congressional delegation have made their own preferences clear, saying explicitly that they would not support the reconciliation package if it did not include lifting the SALT cap.

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