It being the first day of school in Chester, most families are probably done with their back-to-school shopping. Nevertheless, Governor Murphy signed into law a 10-day sales tax holiday on school supplies that will take effect this coming Saturday. New Jersey Senate President Nick Scutari called the tax holiday a "direct attack on inflation". For the average back-to-school shopper who spends around $125 on supplies, the savings will be $8.
When you're running a budget surplus of $6.3 billion, offering parents a one-time $8 savings per student is not enough. And it's certainly not a "direct attack on inflation." It's a gimmick. The State can do a lot better, like rolling back the sales tax to 6% across the board as Assemblyman Jay Webber suggests. Doing so would still leave a surplus north of $5 billion and actually help working families.