Tax Day: Senator Jim Whelan?s Favorite Day of the Year

Whelan celebrates career of tax increases on America?s most dreaded day

It?s liberal Senator Jim Whelan?s favorite day of the year. It?s the day the Whelan Way policies of spending, borrowing, and taxing come to roost. While New Jersey?s overburdened taxpayers rush to file their returns, Senator Whelan looks on with a sense of accomplishment as his constituents comply with his career?s work of raising our taxes.

Just one look at Whelan?s record explains his love for tax day ? since he first assumed public office more than 30 years ago, Jim Whelan has rarely met a tax or fee increase that he doesn?t like. It doesn?t matter the decade, doesn?t matter the state of the economy ? if there?s a plan to burden New Jerseyans with higher taxes, Jim Whelan?s name has likely been on it.

What?s disappointing for New Jersey taxpayers is that Whelan?s affinity for Tax Day is not a new revelation, policy shift, or emergency measure. It?s ingrained in his philosophy, in his actions, and in nearly every elected position he?s held. As Mayor, Whelan raised Atlantic City property taxes by 37% and pressed for a new policy that would force more than 40,000 casino workers to pay a job-killing local wage tax. (Atlantic City Budget Records, 1991-2001; The Star-Ledger, February 23, 1998). As our state senator, he voted for budgets that included more than $1.6 billion in tax hikes and $600 million in income tax hikes (The Press of Atlantic City, July 9, 2006; New Jersey Assembly, July 8, 2006, Vote on S2007: 44-35, Whelan vote: Yes; New Jersey Senate, May 20, 2010, Vote on A10: 23-17, Whelan vote: Yes). And most recently, Whelan submitted a bill taxing each mile people drive in their cars and each grocery bag we use at the supermarket (S. 2531, Introduced 2/4/13; S. 812, Introduced 1/10/12).

Those are just the notable ones ? there?s still the doubling of tolls on the Atlantic City Expressway, tripling of dog licensing fees, increasing burial fees, and countless additional tax increases that if lined up would likely be longer than Post-Office lines tonight. (The Associated Press, September 16, 1998; New Jersey Assembly, December 11, 2006, Vote on S695: 49-29, Whelan vote: Yes; New Jersey Assembly, June 21, 2007, Vote on A4293: 49-30, Whelan vote: Yes)

As Whelan admires his career accomplishment of burdening every New Jerseyan with higher taxes and fees, Atlantic County Sheriff and Republican Senate Candidate Frank Balles shares the dismay and disappointment of South Jerseyans with the Whelan Way. Frank Balles knows government works best when taxes are low, fees are at a minimum, budgets are balanced, and citizens? hard-earned dollars are used efficiently.

The contrast is clear ? Whelan?s foundational philosophy is in taxing the citizens more. Frank Balles believes in a smaller and more effective government that taxes citizens less. Just compare the two records: As Sheriff Balles cut his office spending; Balles balanced the budget; Balles brought back the K-9 program at no-cost to the taxpayers; and Balles made efficient use of our citizens? dollars without resorting to burdensome tax increases.

As New Jersey?s newest senator, Balles will scrap the Whelan Way; Balles will not run to the taxpayers to collect more and more of their hard-earned dollars; and Balles won?t resort to senseless new taxes on miles and grocery bags.

?It?s disappointing, but must be true ? today?s Tax Day, Jim Whelan?s favorite day of the year,? Republican Senate Candidate Frank Balles said. ?The Whelan Way has burdened New Jerseyans for far too long and it?s time for Whelan?s celebration of American?s most dreaded day to come to an end. As our next Senator, I?ll scrap the Whelan Way of spending, borrowing, and taxing and instead pursue a policy of smaller government, efficient government, a government that doesn?t needlessly take more from it?s citizens, and a government that won?t get in the way of our region?s economic potential.?

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