"Coming on the heels of two of the largest tax increases in state history—lawmakers raised taxes by $1.5 billion in 2011 and then hiked them by another $1.2 billion in 2015—seems to have been too much to ask." Take note New Jerseyians. Phil Murphy's massive tax increase won't solve our problems. And it certainly won't be the last increase, unless we start dealing with our out-of-control spending. He won't. As a state senator, I will.