As we near the end of the 2010-2011 legislative session, it is imperative that the Legislature use its time wisely to tackle important issues, including one of my top priorities: making our state more affordable for citizens and business owners.
Throughout the legislative term, we have taken up a number of important issues that affect all taxpayers and of course will impact on
We enacted historic bipartisan benefit reform that brings public employee benefits more in line with those offered in the private sector. This will require public employees to pay a larger share of the cost of their health insurance and pensions.
We also enacted a budget that, for the second year in a row, does not raise taxes. In addition, the Governor used his veto pen to eliminate nearly a billion dollars in spending that we simply cannot afford.
Over the past year, the Governor has also demonstrated a commitment to an issue near to my heart: improving
To assist businesses, the Christie Administration launched the
The Governor has also put Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in charge of the Administration’s efforts to streamline State government in
In addition, the Legislature has passed a number of pro-business bills, such as one revising the Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) program which provides tax credits for companies that create jobs. Under the new program, companies can get a $2,250 per year tax credit for 6 years for every job they create. Previously, businesses could only receive a one-time tax credit of $1,500.
Both Governor Christie and I are committed to making
These efforts to make New
In addition, 22 companies have relocated at least part of their operations to
It is also important to note that after being ranked as having the worst tax climate for four consecutive years, according to the Tax Foundation,
I look forward to getting back to
In order to accomplish this goal, I have made it a priority to get input directly from business owners. In fact, I hold a complimentary networking meeting for business owners every month that allows for an open discussion about issues facing businesses with the people who are directly affected by decisions we are making in
At each meeting I invite a speaker who addresses topics of interest to business owners and answer questions from the attendees. I am fortunate to be able to announce that the guest speaker of my September business breakfast will be Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.
I urge all business owners to take advantage of the opportunity to join me on September 9th at the Atlantic Club in Wall to hear about the efforts of the Christie Administration to improve
I am hopeful that business owners will participate in this meeting where we will discuss the many successes we have achieved and more importantly, the many more things we still need to do to make
David Rible is Assembly Republican Whip