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Senator Jennifer Beck

Following Yet Another Six-Figure Leave Payout, Beck Again Urges Action

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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.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is once again calling for sick leave reforms following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will have to pay $127,000 to cover the cost of the retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time. (Wikimedia Commons)

“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 “That being said, the outdated practice of sick and vacation leave payouts has left struggling property taxpayers across New Jersey with rising tax bills they can’t afford.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.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joined by Superintendents, Parents of 10 Underfunded & Overlooked School Districts to Push for Fair Funding

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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.

Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined 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 at a State House press conference on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

MEDIA ADVISORY (4/24): Beck to Hold Press Conference with Underfunded School Districts at Assembly Budget Hearing

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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.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Freehold Borough and Red Bank who joined her at a Senate Budget committee hearing last year to highlight the state’s underfunding of their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

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.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Responds to Proposal by Chief Justice Rabner to Block ICE Agents from NJ Courthouses

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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.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale expressed his concerns regarding Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law. (©iStock)

“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?

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Any Unneeded Horizon Surplus Should Be Returned to Subscribers

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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:

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that any unneeded portion of Horizon’s surplus should be returned to subscribers. (©iStock.com)

“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.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Joins Bipartisan Group of State Leaders to Urge Federal Government Support for Gateway Tunnel Project

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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:

Sen. Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders to urge the federal government to recommit to the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Resolution Urging Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Advances

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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.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Calls for School Funding Reform to Help Massively Underfunded Districts

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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.

Sen. Kip Bateman said there is an urgent need to reform the state’s broken school funding formula that massively underfunds many NJ school districts, including Manville – a town he represents that is also the 8th most underfunded district in the State. (Wikimedia Commons)

“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.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space Host DOT Commissioner on Tour of Local Projects

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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.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space hosted NJDOT Commissioner Richard Hammer for a tour of local transportation infrastructure projects. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Property Taxpayers on Hook for $500K Sick Leave Payout While Dems Continue to Block Reform

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Calls for Democratic Leadership of Legislature to “Do the Right Thing” for New Jersey Property Taxpayers

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) again called for legislative Democrats to join her in moving sick leave reforms following reports that property taxpayers will be on the hook for a potentially record-breaking payout of more than half-a-million dollars for unused days to Jersey City’s retiring police chief.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on the Democratic leadership of the Legislature to allow sick leave reforms to advance following reports of a potentially record breaking payout of more than $500,000 to Jersey City’s retiring police chief. (Flickr)

“How many six-figure sick leave payouts must fall on the shoulders of property taxpayers before the Democratic leadership of the New Jersey Legislature will allow votes on reform legislation to end this anachronistic practice?” Beck asked. “New Jersey property taxpayers cannot afford to make $500,000 payments to retiring employees when their tax bills are already the highest in the nation.”

According to the Jersey Journal, the police chief is retiring with 450 unused days that are valued at $512,620 in the city’s proposed budget (see page 10).

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Kip Bateman

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Jennifer Beck

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Anthony Bucco

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Gerald Cardinale

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Joe Kyrillos

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Kevin O'Toole

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Steven Oroho

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Joe Pennacchio

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Robert Singer

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Samuel Thompson

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