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Following the most-recent news of a major New Jersey employer reportedly going to move its operations and employees to a more affordable, business-friendly state, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio unveiled several new bills to lower excessive costs for businesses and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.
“Today we read of yet another company that could take 1,000 hard working employees and families to a state where it reportedly costs as much as 20 percent less to do business,” said Pennacchio. “We know from talking with employers that we have to take feasible steps to address the high energy costs and overall cost of doing business in New Jersey that puts companies here at a steep disadvantage and makes it much more difficult to add jobs. We also need a fuller understanding of how New Jersey’s tax policies and incentive programs stack up to those in other states.”
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.
“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon and unveiled new legislation to create jobs by fostering innovation in New Jersey.
“Bell Labs is a tremendously successful asset for New Jersey and its economy, and I am proud to stand with Marcus and have his support as we seek to increase opportunities and create high-paying jobs with this new set of bills to foster innovation,” Kean said. “This legislation will help expand research and development efforts, as well as create greater avenues for success by linking higher education and business communities. These bills can open doors to help impressive employers like Bell Labs grow here and attract more job creators by showing that New Jersey is devoted to staying a force for innovation.”
“Bell Labs is a key innovation engine driving the global communications industry,” said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs. “This initiative aims to ensure that New Jersey continues to be a leading player on the global stage and that our heritage of invention continues at Bell Labs.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will be at the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs on Friday to unveil several new bills to foster innovation, and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.
As announced on October 1, this “Fostering Innovation” event marks the beginning of Senate Republicans’ statewide rollout of a new six-tiered job creation and economic growth package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should easily attract bipartisan sponsors and support.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced that the caucus will be touring the state to unveil a new job creation and economic growth package throughout the next couple of months.
“On behalf of the caucus, I am excited to introduce this new set of bills to create New Jersey jobs and grow the state economy without costing taxpayers extra money,” Kean said. “The Republican caucus looks forward to bringing these solutions into the neighborhoods of employers, entrepreneurs, innovators and working families across the state. I am confident that these innovative ideas will attract bipartisan support and sponsorship quickly to pass this legislation.”
The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.
“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.
“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean is excited to unveil “Senate Republican Solutions to Make New Jersey the Place to Be” (website link below).
“I am proud and excited to announce today on behalf of the caucus, Senate Republican solutions to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire,” Kean said. “New Jersey is at its best when three generations of families can afford to grow together and improve our state.”
This announcement comes as Kean and Senate Republicans are working to eliminate higher taxes and fees in the upcoming, FY15 state budget, and as just a handful of Senate sessions remain to accomplish meaningful reforms before the legislative summer recess.
Kean Urges Action on Republican Solutions to Address Comptroller’s Findings on Mega Raises, Low Turnout for Fire Districts
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. urged legislative Democrats to post Republican and bipartisan solutions to combat the type of property-tax-raising, mega salary increases that were reported today by the New Jersey Comptroller’s Office.
“In no realm is it reasonable for public salaries to triple after five years of service, let alone on the backs of the nation’s highest property taxpayers,” said Kean (R-Union). “Today’s Comptroller audit report makes it abundantly clear that this Legislature must pass bills to end abuse and lower costs for hard-working New Jerseyans. In this situation, cut property taxes and make government more accountable by enacting a permanent 2-percent cap on raises for local government employees, allowing fire districts to consolidate, and moving fire district elections to November.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) announced today the caucus leadership team for the 216th legislative session.
Rounding out the team are Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen (R-Burlington); Conference Leader Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean); Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Assistant Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic); and Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset).
Senator Urges Reflection on Common Ground Throughout New Session
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on Tuesday, January 14, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people.
“I humbly take my leadership honor and responsibility with a primary focus on helping to make the 2014-2015 New Jersey Legislature the one that enacts our full slate of overdue bipartisan reforms to give the people the more affordable and accountable state they’ve been calling for,” said Kean (R-Union).