Just when you think the government can’t find any new ways to tax the American leave it to the state of New Jersey to do just that.
In a stunning bill just signed into law on Monday, the governor of New Jersey says that residents can be taxed for rainwater that lands on their property.
Check it out!
Here is more from Patch:
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed 19 bills into law, including the so-called “rain tax.” The bill, which was dubbed the “rain tax” by opposing Republicans, permits counties, municipalities and certain authorities to establish stormwater utilities and impose related fees and other charges.
Supporters of the bill, S-1073, call it “flood defense,” and say it will serve as a long-needed tool to manage flooding and dirty runoff from rainwater.
Republicans, however, have derided the bill, saying it would impose taxes “based on the weather” and permit lawmakers to expand what’s already an unfair burden on New Jersey residents who were saddled with several new taxes in 2019.
Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips has said the “rain-tax” bill permits local communities to tax “based on the weather,” and allows unlimited bonding and debt to be placed on the backs of property taxpayers.
“The last thing this state needs is more debt and another runaway tax. Especially one that taxes the weather,” said DePhillips, R-Bergen.
The following additional bills were signed into law Monday:
- AJR-149: Designates September of each year as “Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month” in New Jersey.
- AJR-164: Establishes “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”
- A-591: Prohibits discrimination against cash-paying consumers.
- A-1400: Revises law governing Class Three special law enforcement officer.
- A-4073: Designates portion of State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway.”
- A-4177: Allows county homelessness trust funds to be used for code blue emergency shelter services.
- A-4701: Requires DHS to establish electronic portal to promote surplus food donation collaboration among nonprofit organizations, gleaners, and food retailers.
- A-4734: Appropriates $1,190,349 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues to NJ Historic Trust for historic site management grants to certain historic preservation projects and associated administrative expenses.
- S-121: Bars provisions in employment contracts that waive rights or remedies; bars agreements that conceal details relating to discrimination claims.
- S-641: Upgrades penalty for failing to report act of sexual abuse against child.
- S-746: Permits certain audiologists to dispense and fit hearing aids.
- S-1773: Requires display of identifying information on rear of school bus so public may report bus driver misconduct.
- S-2454: Concerns prevailing wage requirements for certain fabrication.
- S-2712: Mandates certain training for DOE arbitrators.
- S-2714: Requires school districts to notify State Board of Examiners when teaching staff member fails to report child abuse for determination of revocation or suspension of certificate.
- S-2715: Requires Attorney General to develop protocol for retaining footage from school surveillance system.
- S-2773: Clarifies definition of health care service firms and homemaker-home health aides.
- S-2922: Revises standard for presence of medical examiner during removal of anatomical gift from decedent.
Murphy also conditionally vetoed the following bills:
- A-4904: Concerns property taxes due and owing on real property owned by certain federal employees or contractors under certain circumstances.
- S-2129: Directs certain unclaimed electric and gas utility deposits in Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund and societal charge revenues be paid to Statewide nonprofit energy assistance organizations meeting certain eligibility criteria.