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9th District-Supported “Combat to College Act” Passes Senate

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The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which would grant priority in registering for courses at a public institution of higher education to military service members and veterans living in the state.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s legislation would grant military service members and veterans living in the state priority in registering for courses at a public institution of higher education. (U.S. Navy)

Connors, Rumpf and Gove have joined with the 1st Legislative District in this bipartisan veterans’ legislative initiative (S-1672 and A-2950) entitled the “Combat to College Act.”  The 9th District delegation issued the following statement following the Senate passage of the veterans’ legislative initiative.

“Veterans’ deserve every opportunity to pursue their higher education goals.  Higher education policies should be in place to provide special accommodations for veterans’ due to the significant demands associated with military service, including long-term deployments.

“Under the ‘Combat to College Act,’ priority registration would apply to both current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans who were honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service.

“Certainly, we recognize that there are higher education institutions in New Jersey that voluntarily establish extensive services to assist veteran students.  Consistent with those efforts, we believe that State law should require priority registration benefits for veterans.”

Members of the 9th District delegation serve on both the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.  Assemblywoman Gove serves on the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

The delegation proudly sponsored the VeTeach law, enacted in 2012, that established a pilot teacher preparation program at Stockton University for veterans who served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001.

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Votes “Absolutely No” on $1.3 Billion Gas Tax Increase Bill

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted in committee against legislation (S-2411) that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against legislation in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase. (©iStock)

“You can’t raise taxes to cut taxes. This will be devastating to our economy and back breaking to our residents. It will drive up the cost of virtually everything in our state.

“It’s undeniable that the gas tax is a regressive tax that hits low- and middle-income families the hardest. Those who already struggle with our state’s high tax burden can ill-afford to pay even more. Paying hundreds more at the pump isn’t even an option for many of the state’s nearly 7 million drivers, especially when we also have some of the highest tolls in the nation.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: $15 Minimum Wage Will Quicken Job Loss to Technology

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the approval of legislation increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15/hour would almost surely lead to job losses for those who are unskilled or lack prior experience, especially when those positions can be replaced by technological alternatives.

Self-service kiosks for ordering at a McDonald’s restaurant.

The legislation, A-15/S-15, would increase the minimum wage from the current rate of $8.38/hour to $10.10/hour on January 1, 2017, followed by annual increases reaching $15/hour on January 1, 2021.

“It’s undeniable that increasing the minimum wage by nearly 80% will result in substantial job losses for people already struggling,” said Kean. “Taking away opportunities to get a foothold in the workforce will harm the same young and inexperienced people that the sponsors of this legislation are trying to help.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Passes Allen Bill to Give Tuition Benefits to Armed Forces Reservists

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend tuition benefits to members of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Diane Allen to extend tuition benefits to members of the armed forces reserves passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation will assist reservists in furthering their education without the burden of paying for tuition,” Senator Allen said. “Reservists deserve the same benefits we offer to other members of the armed forces.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Resolution to Raise Awareness About Childhood Cancer

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

The Da Silva family. (Patricia Da Silva)

The resolution was inspired by Nicholas DaSilva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. In the two years since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Passes Allen Bill to Provide Benefits to All Children of Fallen State Troopers, Public Safety Workers

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All surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers would receive equal access to death benefits under a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington.) S-2061 was today advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill ensures all surviving children of state troopers and public safety workers have equal access to death benefits. (Flickr)

“Many surviving children of New Jersey State Troopers and public safety workers are receiving a fraction of the death benefits that other children receive,” Senator Allen said. “It is morally wrong to allow this unfair practice to continue. This bill ensures all children coping with this life changing loss receive equal access to these benefits, regardless of their parent’s marital status at the time of death.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole/Sweeney Bill Addressing Restraint of Students with Disabilities Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland) to address concerns regarding the restraint of students with disabilities has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Sen. Steve Sweeney to address unsafe restraint of students with disabilities passed the New Jersey Senate. (Caitlin Regan/Flickr)

The legislation, S-1163, provides that physical restraint is only used in an emergency in which the student places themselves or others in immediate physical danger. The legislation also places especially stringent restrictions on the use of the “prone restraint” technique, which involves forcing a child’s head down while his or her arms and legs are pinned behind them. Doing so can compress the diaphragm to the point where it could smother, or severely injure a person.

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Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Doherty to Sponsor “Fairness Formula” School Funding Reform Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will be the prime sponsor of a school funding reform proposal announced by Governor Chris Christie to give all children an equitable share of state school aid and provide real property tax relief to the overwhelming majority of taxpayers.

Sen. Mike Doherty will be the prime sponsor of a school funding reform proposal announced by Gov. Chris Christie to give all children an equitable share of state school aid. (©iStock)

“Senator Doherty has led a years-long effort in the Legislature to adopt a fairer school funding formula that treats all students equally and taxpayers fairly,” said Kean. “Considering the great similarities between his ‘Fair School Funding’ plan and the Governor’s proposed ‘Fairness Formula,’ there couldn’t be a better person than Senator Doherty to take the lead on this new legislation.”

Kean will join Doherty as a co-prime sponsor.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space & Phoebus on Gov. Christie’s New School Funding Proposal

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Statement from Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on Governor Chris Christie’s new school funding plan:

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space, and Asw. Gail Phoebus praised Gov. Chris Christie’s new school funding plan. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud Governor Christie for making his proposal. All three of us have supported permanently ending the Abbott district charade with the New Jersey Supreme Court and mandating that state aid for education needs to be equally distributed to all school children no matter where they live.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Christie Initiative to Bring Fairness to School Funding & Provide Real Property Tax Relief

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), the long-time sponsor of the “Fair School Funding” plan, praised Governor Chris Christie for proposing a new “Fairness Formula” to distribute state education aid more equitably.

Sen. Mike Doherty, sponsor of the “Fair School Funding” plan, praised Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” to distribute state education aid more equitably. (SenateNJ.com)

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

“After years of being the lone voice calling for a new school funding formula that treats every student and every taxpayer fairly, I’m glad that Governor Christie has joined my call for reform,” said Doherty. “Every child deserves an equal opportunity, and every taxpayer deserves fair treatment.”

S-569, proposed by Doherty, would replace the current flawed funding formula with a fair, simple and transparent formula that would provide every child in the state with an equal share of state education aid, regardless of where they live. Continue Reading…

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