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You Won’t Believe State’s New Tax

When it rains it pours, and if you live in New Jersey that could also mean you’re about to be hit with more taxes.

Residents of New Jersey suffer some of the highest taxes in the country, but now Gov. Phil Murphy wants to take even more. 

The Democratic governor plans to sign a bill into law that would allow for the taxation of rain, that’s right, a tax for water that naturally falls from the sky.

Republicans in the state have pushed against Murphy to little avail. “Every time you think there’s nothing left to tax, we come up with something else,” Republican Assemblyman Hal Wirths noted.

A “rain tax” would require property owners to pay a fee based on the amount of non-permeable surface they owned (like parking lots and driveways). The state claims that these types of surfaces create polluted runoff that eventually makes it’s way to the state’s water systems. The tax would be used to improve these systems and fight pollution, although not without giving 5% to the state.

Needless to say residents are in a furor over facing a new tax. Hopefully they’ll remember this pain at the next election.

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