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Democrat Bill to Increase Airline Ticket Prices in New Jersey


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a pair of tax bills advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee today will hurt New Jersey families, employers, and tourism efforts.
The first bill, S-2892, would increase taxes on jet fuel by eliminating certain aviation fuel tax exemptions.

“If New Jersey makes it more expensive for airlines to refuel here, every plane ticket from our state will become more expensive,” said Kean. “This will raise the cost of family vacations, hurt Atlantic City’s efforts to draw tourists from farther away, and raise the price of business travel for employers who already struggle to justify staying in New Jersey.”
The second bill, S-2989, makes significant changes to the corporate business tax (CBT).

“The additional tax burdens imposed by this new legislation will have a catastrophic impact on New Jersey’s largest employers,” said Kean. “Many already have one foot out the door following the CBT surcharges imposed by Democrats in July. This will just add fuel to the fire.”

Kean called for fiscal restraint and the passage of a constitutional amendment (SCR-117) to cap state spending increases at two percent annually.

“At some point, New Jersey Democrats must realize that raising taxes isn’t the only solution,” added Kean. “It’s their obsession with spending that’s the problem. We need strict limits that will prevent the Governor and Legislature from spending more than taxpayers can afford.”

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick also opposed Democrats attempt to raise taxes at Newark airport making New Jersey less competitive.

“This is bad for Newark airport,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “This tax hike will increase ticket costs for passengers flying out of Newark, which is already the highest cost airport in the country. We cannot afford to make New Jersey less competitive at every turn and not expect to keep losing jobs to other states.”

The bill before the committee, S-2892, would effectively raise taxes on United Airlines in order to help pay for an extension of the PATH train service to Newark Liberty International Airport.

2 thoughts on “Democrat Bill to Increase Airline Ticket Prices in New Jersey

  1. New Jersey has been screwing general aviation (non airline) with the road tax on fuel for years. Instead of paying the federal excise tax per gallon, airlines charge a fee per passenger.
    I’m waiting for the day some democrat in nj proposes a tax every time I take a dump

  2. This is a big mistake…
    For a family of 5, I will head to LGA or JFK if the tickets are $50 less than EWR.

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