The Democratic Party currently has full control over the government of New Jersey. But years of machine politics and political infighting has resulted in an appalling lack of governing.
The current victims of the squabbles between State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Governor Phil Murphy seem to be the teachers and public employees of the state.
Refusing to bring the widely popular proposal for a Millionaire Tax up for a vote, Senator Sweeney is now proposing cuts to pensions and health care for public employees instead. This is the same Millionaire Tax that the Democrat-controlled legislature passed five times under Republican governors.
And though Governor Murphy and the NJEAhave not always covered themselves in glory, in this case they are right--we need to increase taxes on those making over a million dollars a year.
Who to Call
Today, then, we are joining our partners in the Take Back NJ coalition to call for a phone campaign to ask our state Representatives and Senators to support the Millionaire Tax and demand that it be brought up for a vote for this year's budget.
Whoever your representatives are, call: 1-855-649-2059.
Watch Parties Coming Up
The line-ups for the first Democratic Presidential Primary debates were announced this week, and NJ-08 for Progress hopes you can join us one or both nights for watch parties around Hudson County.
We will be at Hudson Hall in downtown Jersey City on Wednesday, June 26, to watch locals Bill de Blasio and Cory Booker on stage with better known candidates Elizabeth Warren and Beto O'Rourke (with a host of others).
Then on Thursday, June 27, at a location TBD in either Jersey City Heights or Hoboken, we'll be tuning in to watch the heavy-hitting lineup that includes Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders. (PS, if you know of a good location, let us know!)
Both debates start at 9PM--we hope to see you there!