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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset) voiced his opposition to a portion of the Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement project that would put a massive natural gas compressor in central New Jersey, joining the Middlesex and Somerset county freeholder boards who came out against the proposed project this week.
“The people of Middlesex and Somerset counties don’t want this project,” Senator Bateman said. “It could have a negative effect on property values, and it could be invasive on our communities. Residents are worried it might even be dangerous.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) is once again calling for immediate action on sick and vacation leave reform, following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will pay $127,000 to cover the cost of a retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time.
“Acting Police Chief Salerno is a dedicated law enforcement officer who committed himself to the Asbury Park community,” Beck said. “That being said, the outdated practice of sick and vacation leave payouts has left struggling property taxpayers across New Jersey with rising tax bills they can’t afford. Think of the more productive services that Asbury Park could fund with that $127,000. By enacting reform, we can address the $2 billion sick leave liability for property taxpayers statewide.”
Beck Joined by Superintendents, Parents of 10 Underfunded & Overlooked School Districts to Push for Fair Funding
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined at a press conference today by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education. The press conference was held outside the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.
“We’re fighting for funds in this budget cycle for underfunded districts. Reworking the school funding formula is a complex undertaking and no legislator will want to move funds if it makes the property tax crisis in their towns worse. That said, the underfunded districts cannot wait for another state budget cycle or another school year passing without getting relief,” said Beck. “At the very least, I’m asking my colleagues on the Senate and Assembly budget committees to provide our most underfunded and overlooked school districts with additional resources in the upcoming FY18 state budget. As for more comprehensive reform, I welcome a substantive discussion.”
Joining Beck today at the press conference and Assembly Budget Committee hearing were representatives from Freehold Borough, Red Bank, Monroe Twp., Kingsway Regional, Chesterfield, Robbinsville, Delran, Paulsboro, Rahway, and Swedesboro-Woolwich.
MEDIA ADVISORY (4/24): Beck to Hold Press Conference with Underfunded School Districts at Assembly Budget Hearing
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference with representatives from ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in New Jersey to push for additional state funding.
Representatives of the following school district will be in attendance:
Freehold Borough – orange shirts
Red Bank – red shirts
Monroe Twp. – purple shirts
Kingsway Regional – black shirts
Chesterfield – blue shirts
Robbinsville – dark green shirts
Delran – brown shirts
Paulsboro – red shirts
Rahway – red and black shirts
Swedesboro-Woolwich – blue shirts
The press conference will be held prior to the start of the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.
Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), a long-serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the proposal by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from enforcing the law in New Jersey courthouses.
“Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law in our courthouses is wrong-headed and misses the mark. What should be obvious is that making our courts a sanctuary for illegals of any sort undermines the rule of law.
“In this case, the chief justice is not merely suggesting that witnesses that may be undocumented have sanctuary in our courthouses. He also suggests sanctuary for those who have committed serious crimes, in addition to being in this country illegally.
“Does being an illegal immigrant make one immune from our laws?
Senator Jennifer Beck issued the following statement after today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing that examined the portions of the proposed FY18 state budget related to the departments of Health and Banking and Insurance:
“If there is ever a surplus that is in excess of what is appropriate to cover claims and ensure Horizon’s solvency, it should be returned to the subscribers who paid the premiums. That’s the only fair thing to do.”
Kean Joins Bipartisan Group of State Leaders to Urge Federal Government Support for Gateway Tunnel Project
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders who called on the federal government to continue support for the Gateway Tunnel trans-Hudson rail project:
“Advancing the Gateway Tunnel project is critical to protecting New Jersey commuters and the region’s economy. Recent serious disruptions to rail traffic have highlighted the need for immediate action. It is imperative that the federal government reaffirms its commitment to Gateway, which will allow us to continue planning for this important project.”
Bateman Resolution Urging Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Advances
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith in the Senate and Assemblyman Tim Eustace in the Assembly urging relevant federal and State authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company to discharge Superfund obligations through bankruptcy proceedings advanced in a joint legislative committee meeting on April 18, 2017.
“This is a clear attempt by YPF S.A. to avoid responsibility for this immense clean-up and to shift the cost to New Jersey taxpayers,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex.) “We’ve worked for years to advance measures that preserve our invaluable open space and ensure future New Jerseyans can live in a clean and healthy environment. We cannot allow businesses that have profited by creating some of the most polluted sites in our state to avoid their financial obligations to clean up the messes they created.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said that Manville Mayor Richard Onderko’s testimony at a bipartisan school funding roundtable in Parsippany yesterday demonstrates the urgent need to reform the state’s broken school funding formula.
Manville, a borough within Senator Bateman’s district, is the eighth most underfunded school district in New Jersey.
“A lot has changed in Manville since the State enacted the School Funding Reform Act in 2008,” Senator Bateman said. “Years of underfunding have forced the school district to cut programs and lay off dedicated teachers, despite steady enrollment. Severe flooding events have caused property values to plummet. Businesses and families are leaving because they can’t afford skyrocketing flood insurance premiums on top of a mortgage and rising property taxes.
“If the SFRA was distributing aid as intended, Manville families would be getting the property tax relief they need to stay in their homes, and their children would have a fair shot at a quality education. We need a fair school funding formula to ensure that every town, especially communities like Manville that have lost so much of their tax base, get the State aid they deserve and not a penny less.”
“Manville receives less state aid this year than we received back in 2010, even with student enrollment up over 100 students,” Mayor Onderko said. “A positive school aid adjustment would help stabilize property taxes and allow for a quality education to be offered to our students without cutting curriculum and teachers. Unfortunately, we cannot wait 3-5 years for a new funding school formula. Manville may be the ‘forgotten town’ when it comes to flood mitigation. We cannot afford to become the ‘forgotten town’ in acquiring more State aid for our schools.”
Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both-R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) hosted Commissioner Richard Hammer of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as Deputy Commissioner Joseph Bertoni and other top department staff on a tour today to highlight several transportation projects in the 24th Legislative District.
“We were pleased to have the Commissioner and key staff come up to the district to see firsthand some of the transportation projects that are reliant on state assistance,” said Oroho. “I am confident our district’s needs, as they relate to road and bridge maintenance and improvements, will see the critical investment from the state.”