NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. issued the following statement regarding Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed FY2021 budget.

Michele Siekerka

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka, Esq.

“This budget simply does not reflect the stark reality of our times. Instead of keeping expenses low for our taxpayers, Governor Murphy is raising taxes to make New Jersey businesses less competitive. Instead of holding the line on spending, Governor

“And instead of taking the opportunity to pursue the structural reforms that are so desperately needed to right-size our state budget and make New Jersey more affordable, this governor offers more of the same tax-and-spend policies that have brought us here to the edge of the fiscal cliff in the first place.

“New Jersey businesses have already sacrificed their revenues and livelihoods to prevent the spread of coronavirus by shutting down their operations. Business owners have tapped their own savings and taken on new debt to keep from going under completely, and to continue paying their employees what they can. New taxes on the very same businesses that have already given so much and are the only ones that can drive our future recovery is inconceivable considering that the state was just given $9.9 billion in borrowing authority.

“NJBIA calls on our Legislature to fix this irresponsible budget.”