ATLANTIC CITY – A battle is brewing over tax cuts and the state’s top lawmaker is already drawing a hard line in the sand.
Senate President Steve Sweeney spoke to reporters following the annual League of Municipalities conference luncheon where Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno suggested the governor has placed a tax cut proposal high on his priority list. However, Sweeney indicated little has changed since the last time a tax cut proposal was floated and argued a lot would have to happen before the Legislature would move on a plan.
“When we restore these other things,” said Sweeney, referring to energy tax receipts and other funding sources municipalities have been lobbying the Legislature to act on, “Let’s talk.”
The Senate president referred to the governor’s tax cut mantra as a “nice sound bite” for a national audience, but said it lacked substance.
“We don’t want to go back and do more damage to this state,” he said. “Let’s roll the numbers out, because numbers don’t lie.”