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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).
The Senate Republican Caucus today re-elected Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union, Morris) as its leader for the 2014-2015 session.
“I’m honored to again lead the Republican Caucus in the Senate and I thank my colleagues for their overwhelming support,” said Kean. “The responsibility to my caucus and all New Jerseyans is one I hold with great respect. I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent.”
Senate Republican Caucus Members Announce Support for Re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as Senate Republican Leader
The following message expressing support for the re-election of Senator Tom Kean as Senate Republican Leader was released today by Senators Allen, Bateman, Beck, Bucco, Cardinale, Connors, Holzapfel, Oroho, Pennacchio, Singer and Thompson:
“It is with great pleasure that we, members of the Senate Republican Caucus, announce our collective support for the re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as the Senate Republican Leader in the 2014-2015 legislative session.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following today regarding the death of former Senator Jack G. Sinagra.
“The Senate Republican caucus is saddened today to announce the passing of former Senator Jack G. Sinagra. Jack passed away this morning at the age of 63.
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New Jersey Senate Republicans renewed their calls today for legislative Democrats to allow long overdue tax cut and consistency reforms that are more necessary than ever given a monumental reduction plan that is about to be made law by competitor state North Carolina.
On Wednesday, North Carolina’s General Assembly positioned the state to grab even more families and jobs from New Jersey by passing their “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act,” which is expected to be swiftly signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.