Senate President Sweeney shoots down Gov. Murphy's millionaire's tax proposal

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(AP) - A top New Jersey lawmaker and fellow Democrat says Gov. Phil Murphy's proposal to use higher-than-expected tax revenue for property tax relief in exchange for a millionaire's tax is "dead on arrival."

Senate President Sweeney said Tuesday in a phone interview that the Democratic governor's plan is "gimmick," and that he doesn't plan to go along with it.

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Murphy said for the first time Monday that tax receipts are stronger than expected. He says he wants to cut property taxes by $250 million if lawmakers support his calls for higher income tax rates on people earning over $1 million a year.

Murphy didn't say exactly how much tax revenues were up, but the treasurer will brief lawmakers publicly next week.

Murphy is proposing a $38.6 billion budget.

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