Says Failure of Ballot Measure May Prevent Billions of Borrowing, Force Leaders to Address Out-of-Control Spending
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has announced his opposition to Public Question #2, a ballot measure before voters this year to amend the New Jersey Constitution to dedicate state gas tax revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).
“I believe the passage of Public Question #2 would give the state the green light to add $12 billion in new debt,” said Doherty. “Our state is in the fiscal hole it’s in because we keep borrowing for things we can’t afford, when we really should be tightening our belts.”
Doherty said the failure of Public Question #2 would put the state’s ability to issue that planned debt in jeopardy.
Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF
Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase
After raising the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.
“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) have officially introduced legislation to repeal the gas tax increase that will take effect on November 1.
The repeal legislation, S-2717, was introduced during the New Jersey Senate session on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
“Legislators who supported the gas tax increase see the momentum building behind our repeal effort, and they’re worried,” said Bateman. “They’re feeling the pressure and grumbling behind the scenes for us to stop. That’s a sign that our online petition effort is working and that our efforts on behalf of taxpayers to repeal the gas tax increase are not in vain.”
Nearly 15,000 people have signed the online petition to repeal the gas tax increase since it was launched just over a week ago.
Doherty’s “Kaepernick Resolution” Condemns Professional Athletes Who Fail to Stand During National Anthem
Highlights Hypocrisy of Athletes Who Reap Millions from the Society They Protest
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) introduced a Senate resolution condemning professional athletes who fail to stand during the national anthem.
Doherty, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former Army officer, said that protests popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are hypocritical and worthy of condemnation.
“Standing for our national anthem is a sign of respect for the millions of Americans who fought and died for all of us, including Mr. Kaepernick, to live in a free nation.
“For Mr. Kaepernick and other professional athletes to protest while reaping all of the benefits of those sacrifices, including multi-million dollar salaries and lavish lifestyles, reeks of hypocrisy at the highest level.”
Pennacchio, Cardinale, Bucco, Doherty & Oroho Condemn Democrat Resolution Praising Planned Parenthood
Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Pennacchio, Steven Oroho, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco issued the following joint statement on why they voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.
“The members of this legislative body should not be bullied into collectively and unanimously supporting a ceremonial resolution that is so divisive.
“Surely, Senate Democrats knew that there were a number of staunch pro-life advocates in this house that could not in good conscience support an organization that performs abortions and illegally sells and transports human body parts, among other atrocities that violate the sanctity of human life.
23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase Takes Effect in Two Weeks
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will join as a co-prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that is set to take effect on November 1st.
The repeal legislation was announced by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) immediately following the Governor’s approval of the gas tax increase on Friday.
“I fought against the gas tax increase every step through the legislative process, and I’ll continue fighting against it now that’s it been signed into law,” said Doherty. “We’re not spending the gas taxes we already collect wisely, so it’s not fair to ask drivers to pay more.”
Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Study & Control Excessive Road Costs
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) voted ‘NO’ on increasing the state gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, saying the state hasn’t done enough to control excessive costs related to road construction:
“My office has fielded thousands of calls from constituents who oppose this gas tax increase, and my vote ‘NO’ today was for them.
“Many callers have said that the state doesn’t use the gas taxes it already collects wisely, and it doesn’t deserve a penny more, let alone 23 cents per gallon more. I agree completely.
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that he opposes the newest plan to raise the state’s gas tax by $2 billion, and again called for the passage of legislation he sponsors which requires an analysis of New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation road construction costs.
Under the tax increase proposal that is set to be voted upon by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on Wednesday, the state’s current gas tax of 14.5 cents per gallon would increase by 158 percent to 37.5 cents per gallon.
“I opposed the 23 cent/gallon gas tax increase in June, and I continue to oppose it today,” said Doherty. “Until we get a handle on why New Jersey spends significantly more per mile than every other state, any new gas tax revenues we raise would be wasted. I don’t think that’s fair to drivers.”
The Senate Transportation Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) that would provide municipalities with a share of the motor vehicle fines collected through tickets issued by the State Police within their borders.
Currently, all motor vehicle fines, penalties and forfeiture moneys generated through those tickets issued by troopers are paid to the State Treasurer.
“When a local police officer issues a traffic ticket, the municipality collects half of the fine revenues to offset the cost of enforcement and running the local court where the ticket may be contested,” said Doherty. “An identical ticket issued by a state trooper may end up in the same courtroom, but the town doesn’t currently get a share of the fine to help cover expenses, putting the burden on property taxpayers. This legislation addresses that inequity.””
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement on the official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the new Phillipsburg High School:
“I’ve long highlighted how New Jersey’s rural and suburban districts are overlooked when it comes to state support for our schools, but 15 years of persistence by local officials to push this project forward has finally paid off,” said Doherty. “Congratulations to the Phillipsburg Board of Education, Superintendent George Chando, and all of the many local officials and families that fought to make the new Phillipsburg High School a reality.”