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Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton)

Mercer Democratic legislators toe the line on millionaire’s tax

By David Wildstein, June 07 2019 3:23 pm

Two more legislators joined a growing movement of Assembly Democrats who say they would vote for a millionaire’s tax if they could, but since they can’t, they won’t.

Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) said they personally support a tax on households with incomes of more than $1 million, but will vote for a budget that doesn’t include the measure.

“We are working with Speaker Coughlin and our Assembly colleagues to determine the best path forward for New Jersey in regards to the FY2020 spending plan,” the two Mercer County Democrats said.  “Our top priority is to find the right solutions to help meet the needs of all New Jerseyans, especially our most vulnerable citizens who rely on essential services.”

Reynolds-Jackson and Verrelli said that “there are many options on the table and all must be fully considered.”

“The millionaire’s tax is only one of them, and we would certainly support a bill if posted for a vote; however, there’s not enough support in the caucus. A budget bill without the inclusion of the tax would also receive our full support,” Reynolds-Jackson and Verrelli said.  “Devising a fair and balanced budget requires each of us legislators to be open to other solutions brought forward by the Legislature.”

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