Sarlo: Getting Rid of Airport Tax ‘Not a Deal Killer’

Senate Budget and Appropriations Chair Paul Sarlo,  whose bill with Steve Oroho on the TTF advanced Thursday

Senate Budget and Appropriations Chair Paul Sarlo, whose bill with Steve Oroho on the TTF advanced Thursday

Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) is hopeful of the Governor and the Legislature doubling back on his and Senator Steve Oroho’s (R-24) plan to fix the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

“Clearly the senate feels we have a very battle tested plan that has been in the public domain for months,” Sarlo told PolitickerNJ. “Even some of the core Democratic constituency groups are coming around. The senate president has taken some alternatives to the governor and we are open, but we need to be fiscally responsible.”

Sarlo remains opposed to a deal struck by Christie with the Assembly that imposes a 23 cent gas tax hike while reducing the sales tax by one percent. The plan also creates a one and a half billion budget hole, which Sarlo opposes. His and Oroho’s plan also hikes the gas tax, while phasing out the estate tax.

Christie and Assembly members said they axed the plan because of an airport fuel tax hike.

Sarlo said getting rid of that part of his plan is “not a deal killer.”

“”he senate has already agreed to take out the airport tax,” he said.