Prescription Co-Pays Restored to Last Year’s Levels
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement that the PAAD and Senior Gold prescription programs are being fully funded in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:
“I commend Governor Christie for taking a balanced approach to restoring the PAAD and Senior Gold co-payments to last year’s levels, without the need for higher taxes. As we draw nearer to the June 30 budget deadline we must redouble our efforts to send the governor legislation that promotes job growth for all New Jerseyans.”
The female Republican members of the State Senate and General Assembly would like to offer the following statement of support for Governor Christie’s New Jersey Supreme Court nominee, Anne Patterson:
“New Jersey can be proud of its record on women in government. In fact, in 1925, New Jersey was the sixth State in the nation to elect a woman to represent them in the U.S. Congress.
“In that spirit, as female elected-officials, we would like to voice our support for the Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Anne Patterson as a nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Patterson’s appointment to the court would mean that for the first time in New Jersey history, we would have a majority of women on the State Supreme Court. New Jersey would become only the fifth State in the nation to have such a balance.
The 12th District legislators are pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 racing season at Monmouth Park Race Track, Oceanport, on May 22nd.
“I look forward to this every year,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, “and even more so this year since we’re seeing legislation move through that will create an unprecedented 71 day race meet for Monmouth Park, the first of its type in the country. This legislation will allow for a smaller number of racing days and higher purses. This is going to be a very exciting racing season at Monmouth Park.”
The 12th District Legislators are pleased to announce that the official dedication of the Route 9 overpass in Freehold Township in honor of Corporal Philip Reynolds will take place on Tuesday, May 18th at 10 a.m.
Reynolds, a native and lifelong resident of Freehold Borough, died Nov. 29, 1950 on a cold day during battle in Koto-ri when he was just 20-years-old. Under fire, he stood to cover a friend, but was killed while trying clear his jammed gun. The Marine was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. The Marine Corps League Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment lobbied and raised money for the name change.
Legislation Includes All Levels of Government
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) that would create a user-friendly and easy to navigate web site that would allow taxpayers to see how their money is being spent, unanimously passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.
“I am very grateful that one of Chris Christie’s first official acts as Governor was to issue an executive order bringing greater openness and accountability to state spending, ” Pennacchio stated. “It is now time to codify this executive order and make it an official law.
Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Senate Budget Committee for Approving Transparency in Government Act
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon, along with Senator Steve Oroho, today reiterated their support for the “Transparency in Government Act” and applaud the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for approving the bill today.
“Now more than ever, New Jersey needs this law to shed light on how our tax dollars are being spent,” stated McHose, who is a long-time champion of the Transparency in Government Act. “With the federal stimulus package sending billions of dollars to the State and the Christie Administration exposing waste in independent authorities, the time for proper oversight by taxpayers and legislators is now.
Rudder & Addiego Bill Making It a Crime to Initiate a False Amber Alert Moves Out of Assembly Judiciary Committee
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego to establish the crime of initiating a false Amber Alert was voted out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning.
“A false Amber Alert results in a significant waste of law enforcement resourses and substantial costs to local communities, and it minimizes the benefit of the warning system,” said Assemblyman Rudder, who testified during this morning’s committee meeting. “This bill assures there will be a severe price to pay for making a false report.”
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced today that he will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would put a hard cap on property tax increases at 2.5% annually.
“This legislation represents real property tax relief that New Jersey residents have been clamoring for, ” Kyrillos stated. “It will finally put in place real property tax controls that require spending discipline at all levels of government. This is a major component of Governor Christie’s campaign promise to make New Jersey more affordable and I look forward to getting it passed with bi-partisan support.”
A bill sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck that creates the first 71-day race meet in the nation for Monmouth Park Racetrack was voted out of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.
“Horseracing is a historic pastime of New Jerseyans,” said Beck, “but in recent years gaming and racing competition outside the State has been growing. By decreasing the number of racing days, the purse size increase will attract high quality horses to race at Monmouth Park. This is an exciting time for New Jersey citizens, as this new meet structure is drawing national and international attention. The implementation of this bill will act as a real incentive for people to come out and enjoy Monmouth Park.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole, (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic) that would require independent authorities to keep minutes of every meeting and submit those minutes to the governor for approval passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee unanimously today. The legislation applies to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission. The measure will also apply to a South Jersey District Water Supply Commission if it is created.