Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) sent a letter to Governor Jon Corzine today asking that he support an effort to hold hearings of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee to discuss the viability of conducting statewide property reassessments to reflect lower home valuations in property tax bills.
Senator Joe Pennacchio, Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, urged the Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission to review Senate Bill 7 immediately so a complete estimate of the cost of Governor Corzine’s disastrous three-year pension deferral scheme can be presented to taxpayers.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt aimed at enhancing water safety measures for personal watercraft was favorably released today from the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment Committee, called today for senate hearings into the severe environmental contamination at the Xanadu entertainment site. Published reports in the Bergen Record detailed that contamination at the site is much more severe than previously reported.
Singer Calls for Hearing to Discuss Statewide Reassessment of Homes to Reflect Lower Property Values
In response to dramatic drops in the prices of New Jersey homes, Senator Robert Singer (R-30) is calling for hearings of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to discuss the possibility of a statewide reassessment of home values to ensure that property taxpayers don’t pay more than they should. Singer noted that as home values have continued to slide, more and more people are successfully appealing their tax bills and having their assessed values reduced.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce again called on Governor Corzine to adopt a sales tax holiday to provide economic relief to New Jersey families and businesses. The governor dismissed a similar Republican proposal before last year’s holiday season. The National Retail Federation (NFR) called last month for a nationwide sales tax holiday to be one leg of any new economic stimulus program.
Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Sean T. Kean called for a complete revision of the COAH’s third round regulations. Newly instituted regulations are crippling local municipalities, impeding economic growth, threatening efforts to save open space and hindering towns from providing even basic services to residents.
Senators Repeat Call For Intervention By Federal Agency
Senators Joseph Kyrillos (R-13), Jennifer Beck (R-12) and Sean Kean (R-11) sent a letter today to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requesting that immediate action be taken to rescue the remaining bottlenose dolphins presently located in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers.
Senator Encourages Constitutional Amendment that Would Cap State Spending
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Corzine’s State of the State Address:
After three years of tax increases, toll hikes and increased stated spending, Governor Corzine continues to contend that he is capable of making the tough decisions necessary to make New Jersey more affordable for seniors and middle class families. His actions however simply do not match his rhetoric.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) issued the following statement in response to the State of the State message delivered today by Governor Jon Corzine:
“Over the past few months, Republicans have presented a number of common-sense solutions that could quickly be enacted to prevent New Jersey’s massive budget deficit from growing even further.