NFIB urges taxpayers to ask themselves and their elected representatives whether big government is worth the sacrifice 

Trenton, NJ -- Tax Day this week is a dreary reminder for working New Jerseyans of how much money it costs to run the most expensive national government in the history of the world.  In fact, according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, New Jerseyans will have to work until May 1st this year until they can keep their own money.

“We pay the highest state taxes in the country, so Tax Freedom Day arrives later in the year for us,” said Laurie Ehlbeck, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  “Legislators who oppose a cut in the state income tax should consider that we have to work for a third of the year just to pay for government.”

According to the Tax Foundation, New Jerseyans have to work weeks longer, and in some cases a full month longer, than folks all around the country just to meet their obligations to the government.  The dramatic difference is due in large part to state government’s large appetite for tax revenue.

“It’s time for us to ask whether New Jersey is dramatically better off than other states because we have a bigger and more expensive government,” said Ehlbeck.  “The defenders of big government always claim that New Jerseyans demand more services.  But I wonder if that’s true.  I wonder if the people who demand more services are the same people who will be running to the Post Office tomorrow.”

Ehlbeck explained why Tax Day is an especially dark day for small business owners.

“Three quarters of small business owners pay their taxes as ordinary income filers,” she said.  “And every dollar that they have to send in to Washington and Trenton tomorrow is a dollar that they’d rather be using to hire new employers or serve their customers better.” 

She said that it’s time for income tax payers to hold their federal and state representatives accountable for the runaway spending.

“There’s an election this year and the most important issue for anyone who pays income taxes should be the unsustainable spending levels in Washington and Trenton,” said Ehlbeck.