NJ Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken's Statement on the Federal Tax Reform Act
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will soon become law. Since the bill was proposed, the State Chamber has expressed its opposition.
Although we are pleased with, and applaud, the business and individual tax reductions, there are many aspects of the proposal that will be extremely detrimental to our state. The full impact of the legislation will put New Jersey into the category of one of only three to six states that will 'lose' after adoption. States with high income tax, high property tax and high real estate values will be hardest hit by the bill. New Jersey qualifies in all three categories.
While the final impact of the act will take some time to be accurately determined, there is no question that it will exaggerate New Jersey's very real and significant problems of affordability, out-migration and business competitiveness. We were beginning to make progress on these issues, but our positive momentum is about to be reversed in the wake of this bill. Our great state deserves to be a better place for our citizens to live and work and, with all of our enormous assets, we should be one of the most attractive states for business. But we are not, and our path to getting there is about to become more challenging.
While we have no choice but to accept the new law, we do have the option to look within the state to identify and take mitigating action that will keep New Jersey moving in a positive direction. It is imperative that the new Legislature and new administration take a broad and introspective look at how we can counteract this so-called gift from Washington. We ask that this brainstorming include the business community, as all of us have a very strong and vested interest in New Jersey's prosperity.