Legislation Will Stiffen Sentences for Gang Members Convicted of Crimes
With the rise in gang-related crime and arrests in Burlington County and across the State of New Jersey, Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder will introduce a bill to help law enforcement deal with the increase and to extend the time convicted gang members will spend behind bars.
The announcement comes just a day after the release of the New Jersey Uniform Crime Report that shows a 6 percent increase in crime in Burlington County, and a 5 percent increase statewide.
Corzine’s Lack of Transparency Adds to Crisis
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement after the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services issued a report that predicts New Jersey’s state revenues will fall $1.2 billion short of projections in the current fiscal year, leaving the state with a deficit of $500 million.
“New Jersey seems headed for the first end-of-year deficit in state history,” Senator Kean said. “With just eight weeks remaining in fiscal 2009, state revenues are running a gut-wrenching $1.2 billion below Governor Corzine’s projections.
In their ongoing efforts to assist frustrated residents, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have written to the Governor requesting the intervention of his office to provide assistance through the appropriate State agencies to residents living in the Four Seasons Community at Mirage located in Barnegat Township affected by a myriad of construction defects found in their homes.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, a new member of the Senate Education Committee, made the following statement after reading that $34.1 million in expected federal stimulus aid for higher education can’t be spent as Governor Corzine promised on a financial aid program for college students, leaving another gap in the proposed state budget for 2010.
“The public deserves an honest budget. Legislators can’t produce one if Governor Corzine can’t or won’t provide a true picture of the state’s fiscal situation, especially how much revenue is coming in to finance state programs.
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today favorably released legislation (S-2182) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) that would require a portion of tenant-based assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program be reserved for grants to veterans.
Legislation Creates Educational Security Task Force
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that would create an Educational Security Task Force to assist the State Board of Education in developing security guidelines for New Jersey schools was approved by the Senate Education Committee today. The bill, S-1627, would create a 16-member task force to review and recommend best practices for providing safe and secure learning environments for students and school employees.
Republican Senate Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement after learning that New Jersey’s budget deficit has grown by $2 billion and that the state is going to borrow $364 million with bonds that delay repayment until 2029 and beyond:
“In 1975, New York City brought in Felix ‘The Fixer’ Rohatyn to run Big MAC, the government corporation set up to keep New York City from bankruptcy after years of embarrassing fiscal mismanagement,” Bucco said. “Based on recent news articles, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Felix races to Jersey next month to rescue us from the fiscal tomfoolery demonstrated daily by the Corzine administration.
9th District Delegation Cites Potential Disruption in Medical Services and Tax Increases as Primary Concerns
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt today wrote Governor Corzine conveying their opposition to the proposed funding cut to the Emergency Medical Training Fund currently under consideration by the Administration. In their communication, the 9th District Legislators apprised the Governor of the negative feedback they have received from emergency technician personnel concerned with the negative consequences that would likely result from raiding the Fund.
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after he questioned an official at budget hearings yesterday about NJBest, a so-called 529 plan created by the state for parents trying to save so they can afford the ever increasing cost of a college education for their children. Morningstar rated New Jersey’s 529 plan as among the worst five in the nation.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt remarked today on the veterans’ roundtable the Delegation convened yesterday at the Stafford Municipal Complex hosted by Mayor Carl Block. The event was attended by various veterans’ organizations located in the 9th Legislative District.