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A Message From NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt
As we emerge from one crisis, I appeal to Governor Murphy not to plunge us deeper into another one. The telltale signs of a state economic collapse are here and we need our Democratic leaders to reject their reflex to plug budget holes with big loans and bigger tax increases.
Yesterday, Governor Murphy laid out his ‘Road Back to Economic Health’ which was long, winding and nothing new: reduce COVID cases, test, trace, & isolate. Economically, it boils down to this: appoint a commission to study our problems and go to the Fed and beg for money. Insider politicians suggest commissions, studies and talk. What New Jersey needs right now is leaders to lead. Revenue projections are down. There are one million unemployed New Jerseyans waiting for jobs, benefits and answers. Families are starving and businesses are shuttered. Instead of data, dates or answers from the Governor, Treasurer or Commissioner of Labor, we got a campaign speech for embattled Congressman Tom Malinowski, who left half his congressional district’s local governments with no first round stimulus money.
The NJGOP message is simple and clear: no new taxes. Our children couldn’t afford to start their lives here, and our parents and grandparents couldn’t afford to retire here, even before this pandemic started. Decades of liberal taxing and spending came home to roost and they’re tearing New Jersey families apart.
Now we need discipline. Governor Murphy should channel New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, exercise economic restraint, and consider real economic relief in the form of:
Tax holidays that increase taxpayers’ available cash, not tax increases that reduce it.
Updating outdated school funding formulas and antiquated COAH requirements.
Helping the nearly one million unemployed New Jerseyans who need benefits, jobs and answers.
Improving our worst-in-the-nation tax climate through tax-cutting policies that make New Jersey more affordable, not less.
Streamlining approvals and cutting red tape to keep businesses open and people working.
Repurposing our profit centers and investing in ourselves and our businesses.
Here’s what you need to know today
Yesterday, President Trump took historic action to meet our Nation’s testing needs by unveiling the Opening Up America Again Testing Overview and Testing Blueprint. These tools will aid states in safely reopening and provide the American people with the confidence they need to resume their daily lives.
Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications today.
- As of 3:30 pm EDT yesterday, SBA had processed more than 100,000 PPP loans submitted by more than 4,000 lenders.
- Top-line Overview of PPP
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Report
US Passes South Korea in Virus Testing as Trump Unveils Expanded Effort
“The United States has passed South Korea, considered the gold standard by the media, in testing for the coronavirus, and, in hot spots like New York City, has done several times more per capita than the Asian nation,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner.
Over 5 million tests have been conducted in America to date, thanks to close partnership between the Trump Administration and the private sector. Click here to read more.
“The president’s all-of-America approach has meant federal agencies working hand in hand with state and local governments to slow the virus’ spread. The president will use that same approach to take the next step: protecting Americans while we open our country again,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar writes in USA Today.
The Trump Administration has “announced an unprecedented regulatory relief package to equip the American health care system with maximum flexibility to care for COVID-19 patients . . . The strategy essentially reimagines what constitutes a hospital for the duration of the emergency,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma writes for Fox Business.
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