Last week we wrote about how the fight over whether or not to extend the millionaires tax to spare some of the pain in the Governor’s budget was a time to stand up, not down. This is exactly what we were hoping for:
Sweeney, speaking to The Inquirer’s editorial board, said he would insist on reauthorizing a tax hike on incomes of $400,000 and up, even if it meant a government shutdown.
“There’s no way he’s going to get a budget without it,” Sweeney said in his most emphatic public comments to date about the tax. He said Christie’s $29.3 billion spending plan cuts programs for the needy and raises taxes for those with low incomes, but leaves the wealthy paying less.
Good for Senator Sweeney. It makes clear we are fighting for. If the Governor wants to make clear that his priority is tax cuts for people who don’t need them, while people who can least afford it face extreme pain, the Democrats should make him do it, on the record and in public. It’s a high stakes game of chicken that is heading in the direction of a budget standoff and possible shutting down of the state. But this is a stand worth taking.