Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following the passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 state budget:
“Over the past 10 years, the Democrat majority have been intent on pushing through dramatic tax increases, and irresponsible budget gimmicks to fund an insatiable desire to spend taxpayer dollars. It is no coincidence that during this same period it was the first time in recorded history where the state had less private sector jobs at the end of the decade than we had at the beginning.
Senator Jennifer Beck is honored to receive the Public Service Award from the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which will be presented to her at The Newark Club.
The award is being presented to Senator Beck for her work on a wide range of issues of interest to SMPS New Jersey members, including her dedication to preserving open space and New Jersey’s shore line, her seat on the State Senate Environment and Energy Committee and her support of the redevelopment and revitalization of the Fort Monmouth property.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today praised the Governor’s appointments to the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was established to study and evaluate, and develop recommendations relating to, the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.
The 9th District Delegation sponsored the law enacted this February that established the Task Force. Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove, both of whom serve on the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee of their respective Houses, were named by the Governor earlier this year to serve as Legislative representatives on the Task Force.
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee, announced today that that the Senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed join him as a co- sponsor of SCR-162, “The Fair School Funding Act.”
Proposal built on a $1 billion of Unsubstantiated and Unrealistic Revenue
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris Hunterdon) issued the following statement today regarding the Democrats recently proposed budget:
“The Democrat budget is based on nearly $600 million in dubious revenue including $300 million in efficiencies that have not been identified and $289 million in an income tax windfall that does not exist and has not been certified. This is on top of a $300 million shortfall due to the loss of health benefits savings as a result of the compromise of the newly enacted pension and healthcare reform legislation.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), prime sponsor of legislation (S-2959) protecting the ability of public employees to choose their medical providers regardless of state boundaries, today thanked Governor Christie for signing her measure as part of the state’s landmark pension and health benefits reform package:
New Jersey residents are proud of our state, but healthcare decisions are not a question of pride; they’re a question of life and death. If the best prognosis for one’s condition can be achieved at an out of state facility, public workers should be able to obtain care at that facility without a bureaucrat looking over his or her shoulder.
Following Governor Christie’s signature of a public worker pension and benefits overall estimated to save $120 billion over the next three decades, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. said that long awaited relief for taxpayers has finally arrived in New Jersey:
Today, state government has reaffirmed that it works for the taxpayers and not the reverse- taxpayers working to sustain a government they cannot afford.
This law provides sustainable, long term relief that doesn’t rely on the gimmicks of the past. It does so the right way- containing the cost of government and passes the savings along to the most highly taxed people in America- New Jersey residents.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) issued the following statement following Governor Christie’s signature of pension and benefits reform legislation saving taxpayers $120 billion over the next thirty years:
“This bill makes difficult, but necessary choices to fix a pension and benefits system in crisis,” said Beck, who is a co-sponsor of the legislation (S-2937). “Mayors and county officials across New Jersey have been virtually unable to control their budgets due to ballooning employee costs- and the result is the highest property taxes in America. This bill provides $120 billion in tax relief that is sorely needed for New Jersey to regain its footing and become more affordable. And it does so through responsible reforms that are fair to employees and preserve the quality healthcare and retirement security that public workers deserve.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today called Democrat plans to tie school aid to an income tax increase “blatant, political posturing at the expense of suburban taxpayers”:
“Taxpayers should not be forced to choose between job creation and property tax relief,” Pennacchio said. “The current school funding formula is horribly unfair to property taxpayers in suburban school districts. The Democrats proposal adds insult to injury by tying enhanced suburban aid to a tax increase that will cost our state jobs and future tax revenues. Their bill is a purely political document that shows the Majority isn’t serious about equitable school funding and property tax relief for the vast majority of New Jersey’s citizens.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Anne Patterson from the committee:
“Anne Patterson has unshakable credentials as a legal scholar with high ethical standards and a demonstrable judicial deportment. I am pleased that the full Senate confirmed her for a seat on the Supreme Court this evening.