Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is honored to accept the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Public Service Award.
The organization, which recognized the Senator and other award recipients at its 2012 Pinnacle Awards Dinner in Voorhees on June 11th, bestows the Public Service Award for "making the Chamber, our members, and the regional business community priorities on [their] agenda throughout the years" on one public official each year.
"As the former President and owner of a small business myself, this award means a lot," said the Senator. "New Jersey's small employers have suffered not only during this Great Recession, but for many years before due to the unrestrained taxing and spending at the state level against which I have fought my entire Senate career. If we want to strengthen the middle class and create more, sustainable, good paying jobs in New Jersey, we need to take the business community's concerns to heart because they are the backbone of our economy."
Senator Allen said that efforts to increase income taxes in New Jersey are of particular concern to small employers that file at individual, rather than corporate, rates.
"The Chamber of Commerce and others have repeatedly told lawmakers that New Jersey's high income taxes are an impediment to growth and survival for small businesses because these firms mostly file at individual rates," she said. "It makes no sense that some in Trenton have again forced a vote on an income tax increase, legislation I continue to oppose, and have blocked the Governor's plan for a modest and affordable tax cut. You cannot be in favor of job creation if you aren't willing to address the needs of the businesses that create them."