32BJ SEIU: NJ Budget Needs to Include the Millionaires Tax
The following statement may be attributed to Kevin Brown, Vice President and New Jersey State Director of 32BJ SEIU:
“New Jersey’s budget for fiscal year 2020 will come as a relief to working families across the state for many reasons, including renewed investments in affordable housing, public education and transportation that will help the state’s working people. It is flawed because the Millionaires Tax was not included in the legislation.
As a union that represents thousands of security officers, doorpersons, cleaners, airport workers and school cafeteria workers in New Jersey, we support important measures like the Millionaires Tax because we need a permanent solution to the state budget crisis, and the burden should not be put on working families. Individuals with incomes over $1,000,000 can afford an extra 2 cents on each dollar which will generate about half a billion dollars per year. This structural change would nourish the future with good K-12 public schools, and a society that enables the hard workers of our state to continue doing their jobs with the support of transit improvements.
Sensible taxation will lift up working families and build the middle class. New Jersey needs to work for the many, not a wealthy handful.”
With over 175,000 members in 11 states, including 13,000 in New Jersey, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.