NJ To Cut Paid Family-Leave Tax

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Workers in New Jersey are getting a tax break.

The state will cut the annual contribution to the paid family-leave program from $35 to $17 a year beginning in January.

The decision follows word that the program has amassed $50 million since it was passed two years ago.

More than 37,600 employees have received $83 million to partly offset wages for taking time off to care for a new baby or ill relative since the program was launched last July.

Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths told The Star-Ledger of Newark the rollback shows state funds can grow when allowed to.

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  • G-man

    yeah, my $18 will be going towards some other tax in this damn state! 1200 workers laid off, many others forced to retire or risk losing their retirement funds that were gambled on the stock market by whitman.

    Get rid of the career politicians and just pick someone at random from the phone book!

  • mike

    x how many peole in NJ = $millions for a nearly bankrupt state. You finally have a governor who is fiscally responsible and not afraid to pull punches and take the heat. He’s the exact person the bankrupt United States and the state of California need. Christie for President 2012!

    • MissJusticeNY

      Mike, you’re right. I’d vote for Christie in a heartbeat to be President. Lord knows we need someone like him. The people of NJ should be happy to have someone like him as Gov. Look at NY, now we’re stuck with Cuomo!

      • Mike Z

        I’m an independent voter and I hate to say it, but to balance the federal deficit involves cutting the pentagon due to national defense eats up over half the the federal budget. If Christie runs, he won’t get the republican nomination because he’ll have to face a republican machine that couldn’t cut $1 in defense if they tried. There is billions in waste with defense, but anybody who addresses it is call weak on terrorism and doesn’t support our troops! The record shows that republicans, like democrats, have both balloned government and generated numerous pet projects. The problem is generic, whoever is in charge wastes the money.

  • Roy

    WoW all the taxpayers in New Jerset will save a whopping $18 dollars,don’t spend it all in one place folks….

    • Rugbyball

      If they where charging you $18 more I’d bet you’d sing a different tune.
      $18 in the pocket beats $18 out of pocket any day.

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