Proposed bill may cut parking tax for future commuters

SGA

Commuters’ lives may be about to get a little easier.

A New Jersey bill proposes eliminating sales tax on commuter parking passes at certain colleges throughout the state, according to vice president for legal and governmental affairs and senior political science major Brian Block.

If the bill is passed, colleges that have achieved tax-exempt status will no longer require commuters to pay a 7 percent sales tax on parking passes. The College is one of those schools.

“This would save all (College) commuters about $7.07,” Block said at last week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting.

Block has endorsed the bill before the state’s Assembly Higher Education Committee.

“I testified in support of the bill … it now moves to the Senate appropriations committee,” Block said.

Residential students don’t pay a sales tax on parking passes, under the stipulation in the state’s tax code that people cannot be taxed for parking “on the same premises that constitute their primary residence,” according to A.3417.

However, commuters do. Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (Camden) and assemblyman Angel Fuentes (Camden and Gloucester) hope to eliminate this disparity.

The bill can be viewed online at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A2000/1910_I1.HTM .

SGA also sanctioned the TCNJ Chess Club during last Wednesday’s meeting. Junior math major Eric New presented the club.

“(The College) has had a chess club in the past,” New said. “There is no current chess club.”

New hopes to revitalize a once dynamic organization by re-establishing the Chess Club.

“Our goal is to have tournaments for students on campus. We’d also like to go to national tournaments and represent the school, and the school could benefit from the prestige of the TCNJ Chess Club if it does well,” New said. “Our advisor said eight years and two chess clubs ago, the chess club went to Argentina and won a trophy.”

The club currently has about 15 members that meet weekly to play.

SGA granted the organization club status by a unanimous vote.

Junior special education and psychology double major Alyssa SooHoo discussed the recent Dining Services meeting she attended during SGA’s Governance Reports.

“They have new breadsticks at (Eickhoff) that we taste-tested,” SooHoo said. “They’re really good.”

SooHoo also encouraged students to e-mail Dining Services with suggestions for food they’d like to see at T-Dubs.

“They’ve seen a huge drop in T-Dubs sales, possibly because of the new Eick,” SooHoo said.

Junior political science major and executive president Olaniyi Solebo announced SGA’s plans to collaborate with other major campus organizations to pilot a new event next semester.

“Next spring, we’re hoping to have a huge carnival,” Solebo said. “It’ll be on the same day as the spring concert … We’re hoping that this is going to be a legacy event.”

SGA will partner with the Student Finance Board and College Union Board to put on this event.

Emily Brill can be reached at brill3@tcnj.edu.