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Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco’s Remarks Against Dems’ Proposed Tax-Raising FY16 Spending Plan

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The following are Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco’s remarks as prepared for delivery during today’s Senate session vote on the Democrats’ tax-raising Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget proposal:

During a Senate floor debate, Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco highlighted serious problems with the Democrats’ tax-raising 2016 state budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“Good afternoon. I’d like to start by thanking all of my colleagues on the budget committee, Chairman Sarlo and our staff members for the shared dedication and effort we put in to this state budget. While we all may want different things, and not everyone gets exactly what they want in a multibillion dollar budget, we did find some common ground on a lot of top priorities, such as record-high funding for education and significant investments in health care.

“However, there are serious problems with this proposed budget that we are being asked to vote on today. Foremost, the Senate Republican caucus and I don’t support the proposals in this budget to raise income taxes and employer taxes on New Jersey’s over-taxed, hard-working residents and small businesses.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Votes No on Dems’ Tax-Raising FY16 Spending Plan

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Senate Republican Budget Committee Member Jennifer Beck stated the following before voting today against the Democrats’ tax-raising Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget proposal:

Sen. Jennifer Beck speaking during a New Jersey Senate floor debate on the FY 2016 state budget. (Facebook)

“I voted against the Democrats’ state budget proposal, because increasing taxes only makes New Jersey a less affordable place to live and work. This is a partisan document by Democrats who chose to forge their own path against overtaxed residents, instead of working towards a bipartisan solution to benefit as many hardworking New Jerseyans as possible and excel job growth.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sen. Oroho’s Comments on Votes Against State Budget & Supporting Tax Increases

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) commented after voting against the Democrats’ proposed state budget for FY 2016 and supporting legislation that would increase state income and business taxes:

Sen. Steven Oroho speaking against proposed income and business tax increases during a Senate floor debate on the FY ’16 state budget. (Facebook)

“Today, I voted against the FY ’16 budget and its tax increases for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, as these taxes repeat the mistakes of the past. These job-killing tax increases will repeat what happened in 2004 when taxes on top earners and businesses were raised and over the next years tens of billions of dollars in capital and taxable income that could have been used to fund schools, healthcare or the pension system left the state.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senate Passes Kyrillos Bill to Create, Retain Jobs in Atlantic City

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to help create jobs and grow the economy in Atlantic City.

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos to help create jobs and grow the economy in Atlantic City by making it easier for new businesses to set up shop. (©iStock)

The bill, S-366, creates a pilot program modifying certain requirements for licenses issued under small-scale and staged casino facilities, permitting such casinos to be located in renovated or newly constructed buildings located within the Atlantic City Boardwalk zone.

“Nearly 8,000 hardworking New Jerseyans lost their jobs when four larger casinos closed last year,” said Senator Kyrillos. “Now, more than ever, it is essential that we bolster our efforts to get Atlantic City back on its feet and restore the city’s reputation as a worldwide resort, tourist and convention destination. This legislation will create jobs and grow the city’s economy by making it easier for new businesses to set up shop and help revitalize Atlantic City’s tourism industry.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Advances Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would make it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms won approval by the full Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would allow pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms. (Flickr)

Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.

“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar will present a more affordable alternative and allow more patients to get the treatment they need.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Passes Bucco Bill to Create Economic Opportunities for Disabled Veterans

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a State contract set-aside program for disabled veterans to help them grow their businesses.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco would create a State contract set-aside program for disabled veterans to help them grow their businesses. (©iStock)

The Senator’s bill, S-1353, requires contracting agencies to establish a goal of setting aside at least 3 percent of their contracts for disabled veterans who independently own at least 51 percent of a business operating in New Jersey. This includes bidding for contracts to complete construction projects, provide goods, equipment or various services.

“According to an April 2015 report, 6.5 percent of New Jersey veterans are unemployed – that’s higher than the national average,” said Senator Bucco. “We need to do everything we can to empower veterans to succeed on and off the battlefield. By passing this bill to create economic opportunities for disabled veterans, we are recognizing their service and sacrifice while helping them contribute to our state’s growing economy and enhance innovation in New Jersey.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Bipartisan O’Toole Legislation Bringing Stronger Definition to PTI Program for Domestic Violence Passes Senate

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Toughen Requirements for Pre-Trial Intervention

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole that would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence was approved by the Senate. Pre-trial intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program that allows offenders to avoid jail time under certain conditions.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence. (©iStock)

“Victims of domestic violence are often attacked again and again by the same offender, yet too often a first offense isn’t treated as seriously as this abhorrent crime warrants,” said Senator O’Toole. “This legislation strengthens current laws to make sure incidents of domestic violence are treated seriously from the first incident on and that attackers are held responsible for each and every offense.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Senate Passes O’Toole Bill to Improve Evidence Laws & Prevent Criminal Fraud

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The New Jersey Senate passed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s bill to improve evidence laws by establishing a crime-fraud exception to privileged communication between spouses and partners in a civil union.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole establishes a crime-fraud exception to privileged communication between spouses and partners in a civil union. (Flickr)

S-2408 amends the state’s marital/partner communications privilege to exempt communications regarding an ongoing or future crime that both spouses/partners were or are participating in at the time of their communications.

“Alleged criminals caught on wiretap developing their alleged crimes have been let free in New Jersey, in large part, because prosecutors couldn’t present all of their relevant evidence in court,” O’Toole said. “Communication between spouses and partners about their joint criminal activities or plans to victimize people should with out a doubt be admissible in the court of law to make sure judges and juries can consider all the information and make fully informed decisions to protect the public.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Bipartisan O’Toole Legislation Bringing Stronger Definition to PTI Program for Domestic Violence Passes Committee

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Toughen Requirements for Pre-Trial Intervention

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole that would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence was approved unanimously today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Pre-trial intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program that allows offenders to avoid jail time under certain conditions.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence. (©iStock)

“Victims of domestic violence are often attacked again and again by the same offender, yet too often a first offense isn’t treated as seriously as this abhorrent crime warrants,” said Senator O’Toole. “This legislation strengthens current laws to make sure incidents of domestic violence are treated seriously from the first incident on and that attackers are held responsible for each and every offense.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Easing Restriction on Charity Raffle Fundraisers Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charitable organizations to hold raffle fundraisers was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would allow organizations holding raffle fundraisers to offer larger prizes without having to apply for a license. (Flickr)

“Many charity and veterans’ organizations hold raffles to help raise the funds needed to pay for the valuable public services they offer,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Under New Jersey’s outdated regulations, however, it is nearly impossible to hold a raffle without having to go through the hassle and expense of applying for a special license. Raising the threshold for the types of door prizes that can be offered will go a long way in helping these organizations raise more funds for the programs and services they provide.”

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