Budget and proposal negotiations wrangled in wrinkles and criticisms due to tax problems and criticisms from different parties.
Problems in Budget And Proposal Negotiations
As the budget for Fiscal Year 2024 is being discussed, it experienced a wrinkle due to the last-minute dispute between lower tax collections and the senior property tax relief program that affected the Democratic Party. The majority of the decrease in tax collection are were from the Gross Income Tax which dropped significantly by $1.2 billion dollars. Although the decrease is worrisome, it did not affect certain operations that much since a large surplus has already prepared them for such a situation, with a high revenue level of $7.9 billion.
According to an article in NJBIZ, the process then moved to the negotiations between the administration and the legislator. The next wrinkle of the discussion came when Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District announce a new tax credit program called StayNJ. With the aim to give seniors tax relief while also expanding assistance for health benefits. The program will have the state provide 50% credit on the property tax bills which will be capped at $10,000 while homeowners 65 and above would have the tax credit in their principal residence with no income limit for eligibility. It was met with much criticism, from the Murphy Administration has raised eyebrows. Garg pointed out that Murphy a multimillionaire, would benefit from the program which he will receive $10,00 even though he does not need it. He also questioned the potential racial inequities since the majority of the Black and Hispanic seniors in the state are renters, rendering them to not qualify for the program. Questions continued since it is stated that wealthier areas of the state would benefit most from the program while others will be limited. Which caused a Democratic divide. Just last week, the Senate Budget Committee advanced a measure that would change the state’s tax code. Murphy still believes that a deal can still be made by Coughlin and Scutari and that he is still open with the context and believe they can find the balance ideal.
New Mexico: Tax Rebate Checks Will Be Sent This Week!
On June 16, 2023, the legislative rebate checks were approved and issued. Such will be claimed by residents of New Mexico that filed the tax return last 2021. Those who filed will automatically receive the money through their bank accounts, through checks, or by mail. And those who changed their address can still do so by updating it through filling out a form.