Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce that $3.58 million has been appropriated from Clean Waters bond fund for sewerage infrastructure improvements at former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital as the result of legislative action taken yesterday in the General Assembly.
The bill making the appropriation, S-748, passed the State Senate on December 20, 2010, and passed the Assembly late yesterday in the last voting session before the summer break.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce that the bill permitting the mayors of Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls to designate a member of council to act on their behalf at meetings of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority has passed a vote by the State Senate late yesterday.
The law creating FMERA, which was signed into law last summer by Governor Christie, calls for the mayors to be permitted to designate an “employee” to act and vote on his or her behalf in case of their absence. Council members are not considered employees to the mayor, and therefore would not be included in this language.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, co-prime sponsor of legislation establishing New Jersey’s landmark Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT), is pleased to announce that special financing for the cleanup of Middletown’s Shadow Lake has been approved by the full Senate this evening:
“It has been a very long fight for the residents of this community, ” said Kyrillos. “I am more than pleased that the financing for this project is finally nearing approval. Continue Reading…
Legislature also Suspends 2.5% COAH Tax
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s announcement today that he abolished the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH):
“As the original sponsor of legislation to end the failed Council on Affordable Housing, I applaud the Governor’s decision today. By abolishing COAH, we are helping to protect municipalities from heavy handed state oversight, and duplicative government services.
Would Distribute Funds to County Health Departments, Could Not Fund Abortion
Saying that debate in Trenton over women’s healthcare and family planning has become too polarized and partisan, Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) have submitted legislation to preserve these services through New Jersey’s county health departments:
“Women’s healthcare is a worthy expenditure of dollars that has been put in jeopardy by a hyper-partisanship in Trenton,” said Senator Beck. “The name calling and posturing needs to end. Let’s come together, be respectful of everyone’s concerns, and work this out for the sake of the New Jerseyans who need these services.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) and Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth/Mercer) that would help facilitate the transferring of racetrack operations from public to private entities was passed by the Senate today.
The bill, S2640/A3710, provides the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority with the power to jointly run racetrack operations with a racetrack lessee during a transitionary period. This would allow operations at the racetrack to continue while the lessee and its employees obtain the necessary permits and licenses required by the New Jersey Racing Commission to operate the racetrack.
“Private entities operating the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park is a practical solution to the sustainability of this important industry, will save taxpayer dollars, and be an economic boon to both the region and the state as a whole, ” Kyrillos said. “The recent agreement between the State and private operators will create a business model for horse racing that will allow it to stand on its own two feet.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) and Andrew Ciesla (R-Ocean) that would prohibit health care institutions from discharging medications into sewer or septic systems was passed by the Senate today.
“The improper disposal of medications may cause pollution in wastewater, harming fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking supply, ” Bateman stated. “Precautionary measures must be put in place to limit unintentional exposure to these very powerful drugs.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat-sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:
“This irresponsible budget spends $1.2 billion more than Governor Christie intended. It increases taxes and relies on extremely unrealistic revenue projections. Rather than gimmicks and creative accounting maneuvers, New Jersey taxpayers deserve smaller, more efficient government.”
“New Jersey needs a disciplined, long-term approach to position New Jersey for economic growth and job creation. Higher taxes and increased spending will hinder any hope at a recovery.”
Citing the use of $700 million in fabricated revenues and savings used to balance the Majority’s FY 2012 budget, Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) issued the following statement:
The budget passed by the Majority is a Ponzi scheme- making false promises to the people of New Jersey paid for by revenues and savings that are completely fabricated.
I am particularly disappointed with this budget’s partisan tone. There are areas of common interest between Republicans and Democrats that could have been addressed in a bi-partisan and responsible manner. Instead, the Majority used this budget to make a political statement and wildly overestimate revenues to pay for a 6% increase in spending.
Following the Majority’s passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement:
Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority’s budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced?
Of particular concern is the Majority’s decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday.