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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco: “Horse Still Dead; ARC Still a Bad Deal for New Jersey”

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Following today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing on the state Department of Transportation’s FY 2013 spending blueprint, Senate Republicans’ Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) issued the following statement questioning Democrats’ continued obsession with the now-cancelled ARC Tunnel project:

You really have to question certain Democrats’ obsession with the ARC Tunnel project, and Commissioner Simpson today demonstrated why that obsession is a misguided political ploy.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: “TTF Debt Crisis Is a Time Bomb Set by Democrats”

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Republican Budget Committee member Senator Jennifer Beck said that Governor Chris Christie’s 5-year Transportation Capital Plan makes important progress in restoring solvency to a fund mismanaged by Democrat legislators and governors.

“Governor Christie was handed a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) that was bankrupted by previous Administrations, and has put forth a responsible plan to finance infrastructure without asking New Jersey taxpayers for a bailout,” said Beck (R- Monmouth). “We are entering the second year of a five year plan which will increase pay as you go funding to $627 million and decrease bonding to $605 million by 2016.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Statement on the Passing of Charles McFadden, Jr.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) issued the following statement on the passing of Charles McFadden, Jr., the father of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, following a battle with cancer:

“Rhonda and I extend our deepest condolences to Lieutenant Governor Guadagno for her family’s very difficult loss.  Watching a parent fight and eventually succumb to illness is a particularly difficult experience, and we know that the people of New Jersey grieve with Kim and her family in this trying time.”

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Sponsored “Donate Life” Legislation Signed Into Law

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Legislation seeking to encourage organ and tissue donation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Under the new law (formerly S-376, Allen/Vitale), the New Jersey State Treasurer is required to disseminate information about organ and tissue donation via state employee pay stubs, as well as encourage all businesses awarded contracts with the State to similarly inform their employees. The legislation also designates the month of April as “Donate Life Month” in New Jersey.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Another Day, Another Tax Survey Shows New Jerseyans Still Paying the Bill for Trenton Dems’ Tax Hikes”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to the latest Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) survey ranking New Jersey’s tax climate 49th out of 51 states and the District of Columbia:

After nearly a decade of total Democrat control in Trenton, New Jerseyans are still paying the price for “courage to spend” policies that pushed taxes to new heights in our state.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Credits Cap 2.0, School Districts for Record Passing of Budgets

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, said this week’s all-time high of 90 percent voter approved local school budgets is a testament to slowed property tax growth due, in large part, to school administrators complying with Cap 2.0.

“New Jersey voters passed budgets in a record 90 percent of school districts including Princeton, Montgomery and Hillsborough, thanks to our bipartisan accomplishment of a 2-percent levy cap and the hard work of school district leaders to create responsible budgets,” Bateman said. “This is a sign that voters must be happy with how property tax growth has slowed with landmark reforms under Governor Christie.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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District 9

DOT Updates 9th District Delegation and Local Mayors on Route 72-Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project

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Representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) provided an update on the Route 72-Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project to Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove and local mayors at a meeting held in Stafford Township. The meeting was held at the request of the 9th District Legislative Delegation.

Local officials in attendance were Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors, Jr., Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson, Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham, Ship Bottom Mayor William Huelsenbeck and Stafford Mayor John Spodofora.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

O’Toole, Pennacchio: “The Numbers Don’t Lie; Local Tax Levy Hikes Slowing Under Christie”

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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee members Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex/Bergen/Passaic) and Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) today said that efforts to control the cost of local government are successfully putting the brakes on property tax levy increases in New Jersey.

“Our goal remains to achieve an overall reduction in local tax levies, and we can get bipartisan support for reforming our school funding formula, ending sick leave payouts to public employees, and finishing the rest of the property tax relief toolkit,” said O’Toole. “However, the numbers clearly show we are heading the right direction and increases are slowing. After eight years of total Democratic control in Trenton during which property taxes soared by 60% despite record levels of state spending, property tax levies are leveling off under reforms like Cap 2.0 championed by the Governor and Republicans in the Legislature.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Urges Better Local Leadership, Swift Fee Protection for Taxpayers

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the Senate’s Republican Budget Officer, issued this urgent message to municipal leaders who are imposing or considering additional public safety fees:

“At today’s Senate Budget Committee mayors’ roundtable, we heard no justification for burdening New Jerseyans with nonsensical fees for the basic services already funded via our nation-high property taxes,” said Bucco, R-Morris. “The argument, ‘municipalities have bills to pay, ‘ is simply insulting to families that pay high percentages of their incomes – in some cases tens of thousands of dollars – to local governments.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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