While scrambling to pass a $36.5 billion spending plan last week, Democratic lawmakers also rushed through a bill to raise the corporate tax rate and help balance the budget with about $915 million in new revenue, The Record reports. But a mistake in the legalese of the 24-page bill would have forced New Jersey corporations to pay as much as $7 billion more than intended. Lawmakers voted on the faulty bill then immediately started working on a fix.
MURPHY OFFERS TAX-INCREASE DEAL IN EFFORT TO BREAK IMPASSE
Gov. Phil Murphy pitched a state budget compromise that would raise New Jersey's sales, income and business taxes, NJ.com writes. Murphy offered to merge his own spending plan and the Legislature's to include a more modest increase in the corporation business tax, a smaller increase on personal income over $1 million and a two-year phase-in of a sales tax increase.
NJ JOINS LEGAL BATTLE OVER ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ IMMIGRATION POLICY
New Jersey has joined a lawsuit against the federal government that alleges the Trump administration is violating the constitution with its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, NJ Spotlight reports. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the state’s participation in the suit, led by Washington state, on Tuesday. The suit contends that the federal government is trying to “create a public spectacle designed to deter potential immigrants” from seeking asylum in the United States.
MURPHY CUTTING SHORT CHRISTIE’S SECURITY DETAIL
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will lose his State Police security detail weeks before the normally allotted time, the New York Post says. Gov. Phil Murphy decided to cut the detail short, but it was not immediately clear why the decision was made. Normally, the state’s former governor gets a security detail for six months after leaving office. Meanwhile, Christie is buying a house at the Jersey Shore, The Record reports.
SCHOOLS URGED TO INCREASE EFFORTS TO FIGHT RACISM
The state’s Division on Civil Rights and the state’s high school sports organization are asking administrators to double efforts to fight bigotry and racism, the Press of Atlantic City reports. In the wake of recent incidents at sporting events where black athletes were taunted with racial slurs by white students, principals are being told to reread the bylaws of the NJSIAA, which ban unsportsmanlike bias incidents.