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Amodeo Named Taxpayer Advocate and Champion

Amodeo Named Taxpayer Advocate and Champion

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New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance honors the Assemblyman after an analysis of his voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community during the 216th Legislature.
New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance honors the Assemblyman after an analysis of his voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community during the 216th Legislature.

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 31, 2013 CONTACT: Jerry Cantrell 973.229.2618  jcantrell@njtaxalliance.org 
New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance Names 47
Legislators as “Taxpayer
Advocates
 
Voting records on pro-taxpayer reform measures show a slowing progress on behalf of taxpayer constituents Trenton, New Jersey
 – 
 
The New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA) today named 47
legislators “Taxpayer
Advocates
” based on their votes on bills key to New Jersey’s
individual and corporate taxpayers. The Alliance is honoring the legislators after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community during the 216th Legislature.  New Jersey
ans continue to shoulder the nation’s heaviest state
-local tax burden, 2
nd
 only to New York, according to the Tax Foundation. However, the past four years presented legislators with opportunities to make fundamental cha
nges to New Jersey’s tax and
spending policies.
The past two years have been marked by some progress on behalf of taxpayers, but not at the level we saw in the 2009-2011 period
,” said NJTA Chairman Jerry Cantrell. “
So in the coming year we hope to see a return to a focus on the issues that ushered in the Christie administration
 – 
 the 33-Tool Kit Platform agenda which held great promise for  permanent reforms that would set the state on track for a robust economic turnaround.
Today’s announcement of the
2013 Taxpayer Advocates is designed to help all New
Jerseyans have a better understanding as to who fights for their interests in Trenton.”
A selection committee of Alliance members determined which bills would be considered for the analysis. Each vote was weighed equally, and legislators voting with the NJTA  position on at least 80% of votes were designated as
Taxpayer Advocates 
. Th
is year’s
 47 Taxpayer Advocates represents a decrease of 17 (27%) from the 2011 scorecard, in line with the falloff we noted in our scoring outcomes.
“The
lower number of Taxpayer Advocates this year is reflective of the fact taxpayers have fared worse during the past two years than from 2009-2011. Some bad habits, such as the reflexive urge to raise taxes on high-wage earners, crept in as partisan ideology  became a theme in the wake of tough economic circumstances. I hope that the Legislature reverts to a more bipartisan approach, placing taxpayers higher on the priority list so that in two years we are announcing
even more ‘
Advocate
’ awards
 
than 2011’s record 64
winners
.” Cantrell concluded.
 

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