Senator Jennifer Beck is pleased to announce that legislation sponsored by her and Sen. Raymond Lesniak that would create the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority passed unanimously out of the Senate Economic Growth Committee today. The bill now includes several amendments that were added in order to address the concerns of the three municipalities that host Fort Monmouth.
Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande: 12th District Schools Receive Nearly $1.7 Million in Construction Grants
This morning, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon attended a press conference at Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School, Freehold Township, to highlight the $485,000 in grants that have been released to the school district through the School Development Authority’s Regular Operating Districts (ROD) grant program.
SDA Chief Executive Officer Marc Larkins was on hand to publicize the Freehold Township grant as a part of the SDA’s $36.9 million State investment in constructions grants.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senate President Sweeney that would create a commission on government efficiency and cost control passed the Senate State Government Committee unanimously. The commission would be a public-private partnership staffed by volunteers.
“It is vitally important that state government leave no stone unturned in the search for government waste,” Oroho stated. “This commission will be staffed by volunteers from the public and private sectors. Additionally, perhaps most importantly, this commission designed to root out government waste and inefficiencies will not use taxpayer funds to support its operations.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today sent a letter to the offices of the State Attorney General and the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting a meeting for the purpose of discussing serious public safety concerns raised by the municipalities on Long Beach Island regarding a recently enacted pedestrian safety law.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove have recommended that the meeting include the Long Beach Island mayoral delegation as well as representatives from Ocean County.
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) commended Governor Christie on establishing “Choose New Jersey,” a new privately funded nonprofit corporation that has been created to bring businesses and jobs back to New Jersey.
“Over the past ten years New Jersey has established a reputation for being one of the most anti-business states in the country. Our penchant for raising taxes, increasing debt and enacting unnecessary regulations have forced many businesses to close down or leave the state and cost many people their jobs.
Grant Could Bring $400 Million to NJ Schools
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) has been leading a bipartisan effort to support New Jersey’s Phase II federal Race to the Top Application. The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform. If successful, the grant could bring up to $400 million in federal funding to the state’s cash-strapped public schools over the next four years.
“I believe, especially in our current fiscal situation, it is imperative to make every effort to apply for all of the federal aid for which we are eligible,” Kean stated. “Applying for these funds will positively impact student performance, prevent teacher layoffs and give much needed reprieve to property taxpayers.”
Thanks to Governor Christie, NJ Will Be Attractive to NY Job Creators
Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding New York’s proposal to raise the income tax on high income earners. The proposal was put forth by the Speaker of New York’s lower house, Sheldon Silver, according to published reports.
“Thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s rejection of higher income taxes in New Jersey, the Garden State could become attractive to New Yorkers fleeing from a proposed 13 percent surcharge on income over $1 million. While we still obviously have a long way to go reducing taxes in New Jersey, Governor Christies’ refusal to raise taxes would give us a competitive edge over New York in at least one important category.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) received the “Housing Champion of the Year” Award yesterday from the New Jersey Apartment Association. Upon receiving the award, Kyrillos gave a speech to the members about the importance of the rental housing industry and highlighted the fact that one in three people in New Jersey rent, rather than own their homes.
“Policy makers must remember that the economic decisions that we discuss in Trenton, land use, taxation and transportation impact renters and the providers of rental housing as much, as those living in single family homes,” explained Kyrillos. “Policy makers must not continue to view rental housing separately from any other issue. We must examine the consequences of our actions on every sector of the economy including the housing sector as a whole.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) issued the following statement today after the NFL announced that New Jersey will be hosting its first Super Bowl in 2014. Kean was the original sponsor of a Senate Resolution encouraging the NFL to select New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Today is a great day for New Jersey, our football fans and the numerous local businesses that will benefit from the game being held here. The Super Bowl will generate not only tremendous excitement, but also substantial economic activity that will benefit the people of New Jersey and the entire tri-state region.
Was New Jersey’s Tax Increase New York’s Gain?
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding OLS Budget and Finance Director David Rosen’s testimony regarding the benefit to New Jersey from Jon Corzine’s temporary income tax hike.
“Last year then-Governor Jon Corzine imposed an income tax surcharge on New Jersey residents. The Division of Taxation estimated $300 million of the Corzine tax increase would be offset by credits to New Jerseyans who work in New York. Unfortunately, it seems that the estimate could be off by as much as $200 million under a theory suggested by OLS at today’s budget hearing. What sense does it make for New Jersey to increase taxes by $900 million only to lose a significant portion, if not a majority of it, to a neighboring state?