By creating these public-private partnerships to implement economic growth strategies, New Jersey will more successfiilly foster private-sector job growth. * We need to give our state's businesses a renewed competitive advantage through deregulation and reduced tax rates to attract new businesses and jobs to New Jersey. There are also five bad laws hurting our state's ability to attract and retain jobs that must be overturned: * Paid Family Leave, a tax to pay people not to work. * Project labor agreements requiring union wages on all government projects. * Binding arbitration, which helps public employee unions squeeze taxpayers in negotiations. * The card-check bill ending secret union elections. * The Minimum $500 S-Corporation Tax that penalizes small business owners the most.
Opinion ‘It’s time for a conservative change’ Steven J. Dundas NJBIZ invited the three gubernatorial candidates for the June 2 Republican primary to write for this special edition of Corner Office. Each candidate was given 325 words to answer this question: How would you make New Jersey a more business- friendly state if you were governor? Each candidate also wrote a 50-word biography. The GOP winner will face Democratic pre- sumptive nominee Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who will share a primary ballot with Roger Bacon, Carl Bergmanson and Jeff Boss on June 2. ‘Cut taxes and make the cost of ‘We must cut spending and the ‘A state without business business more affordable’ size of state government’ is a state without a future’ CHRIS CHRISTIE STEVE LONEGAN RICK MERKT TRAVELING ACROSS THE state, I’ve met many small-busi- AS A SMALL-BUSINESS owner and mayor, I know the RECOGNIZING THAT a state without business is a state without ness owners burdened with New Jersey’s high taxes and No. 1 tool to attract jobs back to New Jersey is ending the a future, I will lighten the regulatory burden on New Jersey’s excessive red tape. Before any more Jersey businesses move progressive income tax that drives high-income people business community. Anti-business executive orders imposed across the border and take their and job producers to other by prior governors — including jobs with them, we need to states. We must also eliminate prevailing wage mandates — will change our approach and make the corporate income tax. be revoked, and a freeze on pro- New Jersey competitive again: My plan would reduce posed rules affecting business ■ Cut taxes and make the the top rate from 8.97 percent imposed until we can weigh their cost of business more affordable. to 2.9 percent immediately, costs against their benefits. We need to cut the cost of doing lowering to 2.5 percent in I will convene a task force of business by rolling back personal 2011 and 2.1 percent in 2012. New Jersey business leaders — income taxes across the board, Property taxes will drop as with special participation by the cutting the corporate business much as 20 percent as we small-business community — to tax, eliminating “double taxation” overturn the Abbott school help develop “business-friendly” Chris Christie on New Jersey’s S-corporations Steve Lonegan funding decision and low Rick Merkt executive and legislative agendas Chris Christie was born in and providing an additional tax Mayor Steve Lonegan is income housing mandates A New Jersey businessman and for our state government. State Newark, raised in Livingston, cut for those deriving business New Jersey’s No. 1 champion under the Council on Afford- citizen-legislator, Assembly- government will be reorganized to and now resides in Mendham income from New Jersey-based for small-business owners and able Housing. The result will man Rick Me
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