This week, we will pass the Jersey City budget, and for the third year in a row, residents will see no tax increase. During the past few years, we have worked hard to prove that if we implement programs efficiently and effectively, we can make government work, and in the case of Jersey City, we can make government work well.
I’m proud to say that we have accomplished a lot during this time, and have done so while either reducing or keeping taxes stable. Without increasing taxes, we have been able to hire 150 additional police officers, increase the city’s open space by 10%, implement the state’s first paid sick leave policy, increase minimum wage for all city employees, and construct housing for homeless veterans. We have also been able to lead the state in the number of construction starts, and have created more jobs than any other large city in New Jersey.
Jersey City has shown that cities do not have to choose between creating important social programs or remaining economically efficient. We have continued, and will continue, to lead the state in almost every economic category, while maintaining a strong focus on important social and progressive issues throughout our city.
To read more about the Jersey City budget, click here.