Coats Delivered to Jersey Cares in Verona Today
A coat drive sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole collected more than 1,500 coats for the needy in a little less than a month’s time. The coats were delivered to Jersey Cares today in Verona.
Senator O’Toole and volunteers from Jersey Cares sort donated coats.
“I am gratified by the support the community demonstrated coming together to collect these coats for those who have less,” O’Toole began. “The coats are being distributed this week by Jersey Cares, an organization that has a long and distinguished history in northern New Jersey. I hope moving forward, that the community spirit that was evident during this coat, drive this Christmas, remains evident for the rest of the year.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) introduced a resolution today urging the State Supreme Court to use the “growth share methodology” as a way to determine how many affordable housing units a municipality needs. With growth share, the amount of housing a municipality must build is determined as a percentage of the amount of market-rate growth it experiences.
“The market should dictate how much affordable housing a town needs, ” stated Bateman. “As a town grows so should their affordable housing. The way it is done now, a town’s affordable housing obligation comes from mathematical calculations from Trenton that are unrealistic and unaffordable.”
Senate Republican leaders today will moved to force consideration of tax relief measures stalled by the Senate Democratic Majority. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) said that Republican requests to bring up unfinished toolkit bills reflect his caucus’s commitment to giving local governments, school boards, and higher education institutions tools to reign in labor costs and provide relief to New Jersey taxpayers:
“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes,” said Kean. “We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities. Senate Republicans will move to release eight of these remaining reforms directly to the floor. We invite our colleagues from the other side of the aisle to join us in finishing the job we were elected to do.”
Frelinghuysen & Andrews Join Battle to Protect Residents Quality of Life
Senator Kevin O’Toole has enlisted the support of two veteran congressmen in his fight against the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to change airline routes in the metropolitan area. The changes will adversely affect North Jersey residents who live miles from airports.
O’Toole has taken an aggressive stance against the FAA’s new flight plan routes for John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports since they were announced last month. The Senator has worked with the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise, to oppose the FAA plan that will result in hundreds of additional flights from Kennedy and Newark airports over crowded residential areas.
Legislation Implements Red Tape Review Commission’s Recommendation
Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris & Hunterdon) to implement recommendations of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission have passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bills, S-2013 and S-2014, would simplify and modernize the rulemaking processes for state agencies.
“Affordable government is efficient government,” said Senator Oroho. “As a Member of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, I am extremely pleased that two of that body’s recommendations have cleared the Budget Committee. By exercising greater flexibility in the rulemaking process and extending the expiration date of these regulations, these bills will improve the efficiency and consistency of the state’s regulatory structure.
More Than 9,000 Private Sector Jobs Created
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following remarks concerning yesterday’s jobs growth report:
“This month’s jobs report combined with last month’s jobs report clearly demonstrated that the policies of the future are creating optimism in New Jersey’s long dormant private sector. It is vitally important that the state continue to focus on cutting taxes and cutting spending to ensure that the recovery continues unimpeded.
Senator Kevin O’Toole, the sponsor of S-1730, issued the following statement regarding the General Assembly’s approval of the legislation which would require certain public officers and employees to reside in New Jersey:
“It is unconscionable that public officials who are paid with taxpayer money would be allowed to abandon New Jersey to live across the river,” O’Toole stated. “It is imperative that the employees of the taxpayers of New Jersey live here, rather than creating a problem and then running away to a home in another state.”
More than 50 Nominations Awaiting Action in State Senate
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared in the Asbury Park Press on December 14, 2010:
The failure of the Democratic majority in the state Senate to even consider, much less vote on, many of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees started as ridiculous and is now verging on a constitutionally dangerous level of dysfunction. The state constitution states clearly that the governor is to make appointments to the courts and various agencies, and the Senate is to consider them and render its approval or disapproval.
There are about 53 nominations ready to be heard by the Senate, including the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, who regulates doctors, nurses and pharmacists; four members of the state Board of Education; and most importantly, a nominee for the state Supreme Court.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) issued the following statement lauding the Assembly Budget Committee’s passage of the Business Retention and Relocation Grant program expansion:
“Jobs are highly mobile in today’s economy and can move anywhere with little notice. New Jersey faces a choice: either we incentivize businesses to relocate to New Jersey and expand operations here, or we watch as those employers choose to go elsewhere.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. expanding a tax credit program for businesses located near commuter rail stations has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. S-1020 expands eligibility for transit hub tax credits to employers located in any municipality with a public railroad station.
“This legislation will help address two of New Jersey’s major challenges: job creation and traffic congestion,” said Senator Kean. “This bill serves as a catalyst to economic development by making more businesses located near public commuter rail stations eligible for tax credits, meaning more jobs created by current employers and more incentives for businesses to choose New Jersey as their base of operations. Furthermore, encouraging development in areas with access to our public transportation infrastructure takes cars off the road and will unclog New Jersey’s congested highways. I am encouraged that the Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved this measure, and hope that it meets with similar bi-partisan support when it reaches the floor of the Senate.”