Mayor Blasts GOP Tax Bills

“I Think The Congressional Republicans Should Get Lumps of Coal in Their Stockings This Year,” Wahler Said.

December 6, 2017 – Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler is decrying efforts in Washington to pass an ill-conceived tax upheaval bill that benefits only the wealthiest of Americans and puts many Township families at risk.

“In central New Jersey, we pride ourselves on investing in the quality of communities so our children will live better than we do,” Wahler stated.  “These tax bills are nothing short of a robbery of the hard-working middle class.”

One of the worst provisions of the House and Senate bills is the $10,000 cap on the deductibility of property taxes.  While Piscataway remains an affordable suburban community with good corporate jobs and vibrant higher education, that limit can have very bad consequences for many residents.

More than 2,000 homeowners in Piscataway – almost 15 percent of the Township’s residential owners – pay more than $10,000 in property taxes each year.  Meanwhile, both the House and Senate bills double the exemption level for the estate tax.  “So Donald Trump’s kids are looking at a windfall while our residents have to tighten their belts?  That’s shameful!” Wahler said.

The likely cuts to Medicare that will result from such a tax bill being enacted would be devastating to Piscataway’s seniors.  “Our Township’s elderly residents have spent decades working hard and living responsibly to enjoy their golden years,” Wahler stated.  “You can’t dig this deep of a hole with corporate tax cuts without cutting mandatory spending programs and that includes Medicare.”

Moreover, taking away the deductibility of state and local income taxes is nothing more than a massive tax hike to Township families.  “For the countless Piscataway residents who itemize on their federal income tax forms, this is a cash grab by Washington to take more of New Jersey money to use outside of our state,” Wahler said.

With congressional leaders gearing up for a conference committee to produce a final tax bill, Mayor Wahler is calling for New Jerseyans to put pressure on the Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation.  “Regardless of how they voted on the House bill, their support of Speaker Paul Ryan keeps the measures afloat,” Wahler said.  “If they make it a priority to stop a final bill, it can be stopped.”

“I want to thank Congressman Frank Pallone, Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Cory Booker for standing up for Piscataway residents,” Wahler said.  “Our Township residents are very grateful that our own representation in Washington is working to protect everything that we’ve built in our community.”