Handlin Thinks It’s ‘unconscionable’ To Consider Water Rate Hike But Remains Silent on Proposed Gas Tax


Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R–District 13) thinks it is “unconscionable” for New Jersey American Water (NJAW) to proposed to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) a rate increase and tiered pricing that would raise the average customers yearly water bill by $83 but would pay for capital improvements that were made to its facilities over the past two years. But she has thus far remained silent on the proposed idea of her colleague, State Senator Sean Kean, when he proposed earlier this week raise the state gas tax to fund needed road projects.

Kean’s proposed gas tax increase has the potential to take hundreds, if not thousands of dollars out of ordinary commuters pockets, which would have far greater impact on residents lives and standard of living than an average 23 cents a day for the cost of clean and safe drinking water.
During her re-election campaign this past fall, she was against raising the state tax on gasoline when it was mentioned by one of her opponents as a way to refund the state transportation trust fund that is on the brink of collapse.
If she was opposed to a hike in the gas tax last November, then what is the difference now that would change her mind and potentially support it now other than her Republican colleague in the state senate, Sean Kean, has proposed it?
This is another example of Handlin Hypocrisy

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