TRENTON, NEW JERSEY (November 3, 2016) – On November 8, New Jersey voters can help ensure that every single cent of the gas tax goes towards fixing the state’s broken roads and bridges by voting “yes” to Public Question #2. The New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA) supports approval of Public Question #2.
NJAPA represents over 100 companies statewide that manufacture and install asphalt pavements. The mission is to provide smooth, quiet and safe roadways for every New Jersey motorist. Approval of Public Question #2 will make sure the state, as well as county and local governments will have the resources to fund these important infrastructure improvements in every community in New Jersey.
“We all know and understand how critical our transportation network is to our economy and our quality of life,” said NJAPA Executive Director Kevin Monaco. “We also know that our state’s Transportation Trust Fund was out of money and that something had to be done. Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Prieto and a bi-partisan group of legislators recently came together to provide a long-term, stable funding source for the first time in decades. While this effort was critically important, it was only one step in the process to make sure these funds go where New Jersey taxpayers expect them to go.”
There has been significant misinformation provided about the approval of Public Question #2. Voting “no” will not send the Legislature back to the drawing board. Voting “no” leaves almost all of the 23-cent increase in the gas tax vulnerable and diverted from transportation uses. Voting “no” does not lower or eliminate the gas tax; voting “no” does not limit the ability to borrow; and voting “no” does not stop any specific project.
The gas tax increase is already law, the only open question is: Do we as a state want these funds dedicated to transportation or do we want them subject to appropriation to any state program based on the whims of the State Legislature each year? New Jersey voters have an established record of dedicating funds to important statewide priorities; approval of Public Question #2 continues this well-reasoned and fiscally prudent tradition.
“An adequate, long term, dedicated transportation investment program provides many benefits, congestion mitigation, improved safety, more time with our families, improved fuel economy, increased economic activity and job creation,” adds Monaco. “All of these benefits to society continue to be at risk however, if New Jersey voters fail to act by voting “YES” on Public Question #2 on Election Day.”