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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Permitting Tax Exemption for Improvements to Sandy-Damaged Homes Passes Senate

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A Superstorm Sandy-related bill to permit a short-term tax exemption for improvements to certain homes damaged by natural disasters received the unanimous approval of the New Jersey Senate at a recent voting session.

Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin would allow municipalities to provide short-term tax exemptions for home improvements in areas damaged by natural disasters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The sponsors, Senator James Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, introduced the bill to ensure that property taxpayers aren’t penalized for increased value that may arise from raising their homes.

“Residents had no choice but to rebuild following Superstorm Sandy,” said Holzapfel. “They shouldn’t be penalized with higher property taxes for necessary improvements that will offer protection from future storms.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Reiterates Call for Elimination of $10k Property Tax Deduction Cap

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During a New Jersey Senate session today, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 property tax deduction limit. He made the following statement on the Senate floor:

“I, too, want to lend my name to the chorus of opposition to the removal of SALT deductions from our Federal tax returns. But at this point, it seems all we are doing is complaining. However, we do have comparable issues with non-deductibility of Federal taxes from our State returns. There are a myriad of deductions that New Jersey does not allow, such as charitable deductions, capital gains, and 401(k) contributions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 cap on its property tax deduction. (Flickr)

“The U.S. House of Representatives version of tax reform allows a $10,000 deduction for property taxes. Currently, there is no maximum. Unfortunately, there is a maximum on what our state allows us to deduct. New Jersey’s tax burden, I may add, is the highest in the nation. That deduction is no different than what Congress is proposing – a $10,000 maximum!

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Legislation Would Create Process for Towns without Local School Districts to Shift from One Regional District to Another

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that will make it possible for towns that don’t have a local school district to exit from one regional school district and enter another. There is no process under current law that allows for such a transfer.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos would create a process for towns without local school districts to shift from one regional district to another. (Wikipedia)

“We have a number of small towns in New Jersey whose non-operating school districts were eliminated during the Corzine Administration,” said Kyrillos. “Those towns may find new regionalization opportunities that provide a better fit for students and taxpayers. Unfortunately, State law requiring a local school district to approve such a move was never updated to reflect that some towns now have no local school district at all.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Receives Troast Award from NJBIA for Support of NJ Business Community, State Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was honored with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at the 2018 NJBIA Impact Symposium on December 5, 2017.

Sen. Steven Oroho (right) and Sen. Parl Sarlo (left) display their awards with NJBIA’s President & CEO Michele Siekerka. (SenateNJ.com)

The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, shared the honor this year with Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who serves as chairman of the committee.

“The focus of NJBIA’s symposium this year is affordability and competitiveness, which were the very concerns that drove the tax reform effort that Senator Sarlo and I led last year,” said Oroho. “It’s an honor to share the Paul L. Troast Award with my partner on the state’s most comprehensive tax reform effort in decades. We’ve shown how reasonable public officials can bridge the partisan divide to enact good policy that helps businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Improve Community-Based Brain Injury Support Services Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would provide State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation provides State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury. (U.S. Army photo)

“Our understanding of the great impact that brain injury can have on the lives of people of all ages has increased tremendously in recent years,” said Bucco. “Still, we have much to learn about the role that everything from concussions to traumatic brain injuries play in long-term health and care needs. It’s imperative that skilled organizations have the resources they need to effectively advocate and care for New Jerseyans who have suffered brain injuries.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Allowing EMT, Paramedic Certification Cards to Count as 2 Points for NJMVC ID Verification Program

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards. The measure advanced in a 5-0 vote.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow EMT and paramedic certification cards to count toward the NJMVC’s six-point ID verification requirement. (NJMVC)

“Our state’s digital driver’s license and 6 Point ID Verification program are designed to stop fraud and make it harder for criminals and terrorists to act under assumed identities,” said Pennacchio. “Our legislation allows us to maintain those strict security standards while improving the NJMVC customer experience for tens of thousands of EMTs and paramedics who carry State issued certification cards.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: NJ Will Have to Care for Influx of Homeless Residents If Marijuana Is Legalized

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) urged Governor-elect Murphy and legislators to consider the impact legalizing marijuana could have on homelessness in New Jersey, pointing to concerning trends in states that have already legalized the drug.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio urged Governor-elect Murphy and legislators to consider the impact legalizing marijuana could have on homelessness in New Jersey, citing concerning trends in Colorado. (CC0 Public Domain)

“Now that weed is legal in Colorado, homeless people are arriving in droves, while longtime residents are fleeing to other states,” Senator Pennacchio added. “Governor Hickenlooper implored the Colorado Legislature to use marijuana tax dollars to build new housing for the homeless – money that was supposed to pay for law enforcement, healthcare, and treatment. Governor-elect Murphy: don’t be surprised if you’re forced to do the same thing in New Jersey. That revenue you are counting on to pay for your agenda will soon disappear.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls on Murphy to Support Legislation Allowing State Taxpayers to Fully Deduct Property Taxes

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Legislation Would Eliminate $10,000 Cap on State Property Tax Deduction

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called on Governor-elect Phil Murphy to support his newly introduced legislation that would allow New Jersey homeowners and renters to fully deduct their property taxes, eliminating the existing $10,000 limit on the state property tax deduction.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on Governor-elect Phil Murphy to support his new legislation allowing New Jersey homeowners and renters to fully deduct their property taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor-elect Murphy and many state lawmakers of both parties have vocally opposed federal tax reforms that would limit the federal deductibility of property taxes to $10,000,” said Pennacchio. “At the same time, few have discussed the negative impact of New Jersey’s long-standing $10,000 limit on our state’s property tax deduction. Rather than simply criticizing officials in Washington, Governor-elect Murphy should see this as an opportunity to work with lawmakers in Trenton to fix something that we have the power to fix to make New Jersey more affordable.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: Time is Now to Legalize Sports Betting in NJ

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) released the following statement Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Kyrillos said the time is now to legalize sports betting and give New Jersey a sorely-needed economic boost. Kyrillos is a prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the prohibition on sports betting in N.J. (Flickr)

“This is an incredibly important case for our state,” Senator Kyrillos said. “The time is now to legalize sports betting and give New Jersey the economic boost we sorely need. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in our favor and we will await their decision.”

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