Murphy Addresses Packed House In Newark

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Democratic candidate for Governor, Phil Murphy, hosted a community town hall last night at the historic Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Newark’s Central Ward. More than 300 residents packed the hall’s auditorium, and more than 12,000 joined either online or on the phone, to hear from Murphy, who previously served as Pres. Obama’s Ambassador to Germany and is the only New Jerseyan to serve on the national board of the NAACP. 

Murphy talked about his plans to make the state’s economy more fair — as he put it, “not only growing the pie, but making sure everyone can get a slice” — by putting a special focus on cities like Newark, which can be centers for new jobs through investments in our schools, critical infrastructure, and small businesses. Murphy pledged to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr, enact a statewide law for earned sick leave for all workers, increase the Earned Income Tax Credit, create a child-and-dependent care tax credit, and make it equal pay for equal work state law.

He also spoke of the economic plan he unveiled at NJIT last week. That plan would focus investment in our cities and transportation infrastructure, and make our cities places that would be more attractive to businesses — not only creating jobs at those businesses, but in the areas around those businesses, too. Murphy also proposed an innovative idea — a state public bank. That bank would partner with community banks to provide low-interest loans to small businesses and college students. The bank would take some of the billions the state puts in Wall Street and foreign banks and bring it home, to invest in New Jersey and its people.

Murphy also took questions from the audience, speaking about his plans to reform the criminal justice system and end the cycle that sees too many young men of color put behind bars, enact real and commonsense gun safety measures to keep our streets and families safe.

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commented 2016-09-15 13:50:18 -0700
If we put an end to payroll tax, all the employers will be able to afford a 25% increase to wages. we pay payroll tax and then income tax, we are automatically being double taxed!