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Senator Tom Kean

Republican Senators Move to Help Taxpayers, Approve Stalled Toolkit Bills

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Senate Republican leaders today will moved to force consideration of tax relief measures stalled by the Senate Democratic Majority. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) said that Republican requests to bring up unfinished toolkit bills reflect his caucus’s commitment to giving local governments, school boards, and higher education institutions tools to reign in labor costs and provide relief to New Jersey taxpayers:

“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes,” said Kean. “We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities. Senate Republicans will move to release eight of these remaining reforms directly to the floor. We invite our colleagues from the other side of the aisle to join us in finishing the job we were elected to do.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bills to Reduce Government Bureaucracy Clear Committee

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Legislation Implements Red Tape Review Commission’s Recommendation

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris & Hunterdon) to implement recommendations of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission have passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bills, S-2013 and S-2014, would simplify and modernize the rulemaking processes for state agencies.

“Affordable government is efficient government,” said Senator Oroho. “As a Member of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, I am extremely pleased that two of that body’s recommendations have cleared the Budget Committee. By exercising greater flexibility in the rulemaking process and extending the expiration date of these regulations, these bills will improve the efficiency and consistency of the state’s regulatory structure.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Expanding Business Tax Credits Clears Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. expanding a tax credit program for businesses located near commuter rail stations has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. S-1020 expands eligibility for transit hub tax credits to employers located in any municipality with a public railroad station.

“This legislation will help address two of New Jersey’s major challenges: job creation and traffic congestion,” said Senator Kean. “This bill serves as a catalyst to economic development by making more businesses located near public commuter rail stations eligible for tax credits, meaning more jobs created by current employers and more incentives for businesses to choose New Jersey as their base of operations. Furthermore, encouraging development in areas with access to our public transportation infrastructure takes cars off the road and will unclog New Jersey’s congested highways. I am encouraged that the Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved this measure, and hope that it meets with similar bi-partisan support when it reaches the floor of the Senate.”

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District 9

Budget Panel Advances Measure to Create State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District that would establish a set-aside program whereby three percent of all State contracts would be set aside for veteran-owned businesses was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement regarding their veterans initiative (S-2314/A-3308):

“The action taken today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee marks a significant step forward in moving this bi-partisan veteran initiative through the legislative process.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Senator Michael Doherty Hails Passage of Arbitration Agreement

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Senate passage today of binding arbitration reform:

“Today’s passage of arbitration reform, by the Senate is extraordinary. Less than a year ago, few people in the state thought that an agreement of this magnitude that has the potential to dramatically reform property tax levies, could be reached.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Applauds Passage of Purple Heart Memorial Highway

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Senator Michael Doherty issued the following comment today following the passage of S-2121 that establishes Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”

“Today all across the globe young men and women have answered the nations call and are serving in harms way,” Doherty began. “It is appropriate that The State of New Jersey recognize the commitment and sacrifice of these young patriots.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Ask Majority to Consider Additional Jobs Legislation

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Calling unemployment in New Jersey a ‘problem that knows no partisan bounds’, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) was joined by his Republican colleagues in calling on Democrats to bring seven additional job creation bills up for consideration in the Senate. The measures, left untouched by the Majority since the beginning of the legislative year, would complement the Democrats’ stated desire to pass jobs focused legislation in the next two months:

“From the beginning of this legislative session, Republicans submitted countless job creation bills,” said Senator Kean. “We are encouraged that the Democrats have joined us this month in recognizing the unemployment problem in New Jersey. The proposals taken up by the Senate to address this issue should not be dictated by politics or the partisan affiliation of the sponsor. Today, Republicans will move that nine additional bills complementary to the Majority’s package but excluded from the agenda be brought to the floor for consideration. Unemployed workers deserve a government that works across party lines to consider every responsible proposal to create jobs and improve our economy.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Bill Protecting Families Recover from School Violence Clears Senate

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Exempts Donated Money From State Taxes

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) that would exempt families, who are victims of school violence, from paying state taxes on money received from a memorial fund or other charitable cause was unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday.

“This money was raised by individuals and given to families to assist them in their time of need, ” Cardinale said. “The state should not turn around and add to their hardship by taxing these funds.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Kean Hails Bi-Partisan Arbitration Reform Plan

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. today issued the following statement praising the arbitration reform agreement between Governor Christie and legislative leaders:

“By working together, we have restored balance to the arbitration process to better control property taxes for middle-class families,” said Senator Kean. “Too many families have reached a breaking point with their ability to afford the costly expenses of local government. With this agreement, public employees and taxpayers can continue to live, work, and raise their families in a state that is more affordable for all. This is truly a historic day for New Jersey.”

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove on Oyster Creek Announcement: Time to Develop Decommissioning Process

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In light of the announcement by Exelon, the operator of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Facility, that the company will cease operations at the facility in 2019, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for immediate action on their legislation (S-866/A-296) that would establish a New Jersey Coordinating Council on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Generating Facilities.

In response to today’s announcement, the 9th District delegation immediately wrote to Governor Chris Christie asking for the Administration’s support for their legislation that was initially introduced in January of 2004. In its letter to the Governor, the delegation emphasized their concerns regarding the potential economic and environmental impact that facility’s closure would have on the local area.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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