NJ 101.5 Empty Wallet Protest Gets Results
March 20, 2009 at 5:47 AM (PT)
MILLENIUM Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON's "Empty Wallet Convoy" filled a coffin with empty wallets in stops along the GARDEN STATE PARKWAY THURSDAY and got rapid results, with Governor JON CORZINE backing off from his proposal to eliminate property tax deductions for the middle class. The station sent a convoy led by a hearse (signifying the "death of the middle class") and three station "Big Yellow Vans" collecting wallets to be delivered by afternoon "JERSEY GUYS" CASEY BARTHOLOMEW and RAY ROSSI to the State House in TRENTON.
Hundreds of wallets were collected THURSDAY, and more will be collected on FRIDAY as the convoy resumes its procession southbound on the PARKWAY to ATLANTIC CITY.
CORZINE's proposal was to eliminate property tax deductions and income tax rebates for homeowners under 65 earning more than $75,000 and will cut the rebate by 33% for those earning $50,000 to $75,000. The property tax deductions have been saved from the cuts, but BARTHOLOMEW tells ALL ACCESS, "This is just round 1 of the NEW JERSEY State Budget Battle, and the Empty Wallet Campaign continues, due to a variety of other boneheaded things that Governor CORZINE is trying to do to the taxpayers, as he refuses to cut the massive size of NEW JERSEY's state government. But, as it stands right now: JERSEY GUYS - 1; Governor JON CORZINE - 0."