Legislation co-sponsored by 8th District legislators Senator Dawn Addiego, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg and Assemblyman Joe Howarth to finance up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide has been signed by Governor Chris Christie.
Five projects benefiting communities in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties totaling more than $16 million will be funded through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, which was designed to target clean water and drinking water projects throughout the state.
“This funding will make a huge difference in the safety of the systems that manage the water that we drink, as well as the water that goes down our drains,” Senator Addiego said. “This funding will go a long way in ensuring our communities have the facilities they need to get clean water to our residents.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) to prevent New Jersey Transit from denying a person with a service dog access to any vehicle.
“We have a responsibility to remove any obstacle that could prevent people with service dogs from accessing public transportation,” Senator Pennacchio said. “This is a commonsense update to existing law that will ensure people with service animals have the same quality access to the buses and trains utilized by thousands of NJ Transit commuters every day.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Joe Palaia:
“I am saddened by the loss of Joe Palaia. He was one of the kindest and most decent legislators to ever serve in Trenton.
“As a son of the Jersey Shore, Joe was beloved by Monmouth County residents. A dedicated public servant, he served for more than four decades as a council member, mayor, freeholder and legislator.
Governor Christie has signed Senator Steven Oroho’s (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) bill to allow local governments, county colleges and school districts to pay their bills by using electronic transfer fund technologies.
“Allowing schools and local government entities to use electronic transfers instead of paper checks will generate cost savings at the local and county level,” Senator Oroho said. “By passing this law, we are taking a strong step forward in our ongoing effort to make government operate more efficiently and better serve the needs of every New Jersey taxpayer.”
Includes $19 Million for Clean Water Projects in Somerville & Hillsborough
A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to streamline the financing of projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The measures include $19 million to finance clean water projects in Somerville and Hillsborough.
“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “It improves our ability to keep New Jersey’s water free of pollution and contaminants.”
New Jersey will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) and signed into law by Governor Christie.
“From the Paterson Great Falls, to the Pinelands Preserve, the landscape of our state would not be the same without the preservation efforts carried out by the National Park Service over the course of the last 100 years,” Senator Kean said. “I am pleased to see the Governor sign this law honoring the Park Service for protecting natural and historic treasures in the Garden State and across the nation.”
Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Provide Death Benefits to All Children of State Troopers, Public Safety Workers
Governor Christie has signed Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) bill to provide all surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers with equal access to death benefits.
“A child of a trooper, police officer or paramedic who was unmarried at the time of death is no less deserving than any other child who has lost their parent,” Senator Allen said. “Our community banded together to support a state trooper’s young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. Passing this law is the least we can do to ensure all children of public safety workers statewide continue to receive the support they deserve.”
Governor Signs Kyrillos NJEIT Bill to Fund $60 Million of Improvements at Bayshore and Middletown Sewerage Authorities
Measure Finances $411 Million of Environmental Infrastructure Projects Statewide
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to finance up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $60 million would fund local projects in Middletown and Union Beach.
The measures, S-2292 and S-2293, fund 80 eligible projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, including those in the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Clean Water Project Priority List” and the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Drinking Water Project Priority List,” as well as six clean water and two drinking water environmental infrastructure projects.
“We’re ensuring that New Jersey’s wastewater, stormwater and drinking water systems are modernized and safe,” said Kyrillos. “Many of the local authorities that will receive funding through this legislation and the NJEIT would not otherwise have the resources to complete these critical projects.”
The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) on reforming the state’s flawed school funding formula was published by the Asbury Park Press on August 18, 2016:
A recent Asbury Park Press article on Governor Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” questioned if his plan to treat all New Jersey students equally would hurt New Jersey.
As proof that it would, a professor from the University of Nevada pointed to other states that are attempting to make their school funding systems more like ours.
Such comparisons are unwise, as are attempts by those states to replicate the flawed school funding logic that the New Jersey Supreme Court has forced upon Garden State taxpayers and students for the past 30 years.
Senator Samuel Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) announced plans to introduce legislation to exclude the rewards an athlete earns by winning an Olympic Medal from their state income taxes.
“As the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro draw to a close, New Jersey is preparing to welcome back more than three dozen athletes who have competed for the United States and even a few that have done well enough to earn medals. But there will be more than well-wishers waiting to celebrate their return home,” Senator Thompson said. “They can also expect a hefty tax bill to be waiting for them as well. It’s a shame that these athletes – who have reached the pinnacle of their sports – have to face the burden of paying this tax once they get home.”