District 12 Legislators: Affordable Housing Law Should Not Include Commercial Fees of Mandated Development of Vacant Land
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande offer the following statement regarding the most recent law introduced to abolish COAH:
“On Monday, Assemblyman Gerald Green introduced a bill that would abolish the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, which we have long advocated. Unfortunately, unlike Senate Bill S-1, which passed the State Senate in June, Assemblyman Green’s bill calls for more of a burden to be placed on municipalities and businesses. Given the current economic climate, this is the wrong choice for New Jersey.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande would like to offer the following statement on the proposed legislative package of bills released by the Senate Democratic Leadership yesterday to deal with the issues facing New Jersey’s gaming and horseracing industries:
“We applaud the plan our colleagues have introduced and pledge our support in advancing the many initiatives outlined, some of which we have been advocating for many years.
With the recent release of the State Comptroller’s report on the $43 million of wasteful spending at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande would like to offer the following statement:
“We call upon Comptroller Matthew Boxer to continue in his pursuit to root out extravagant and irresponsible expenditures at State authorities. The tens of millions of dollars of wasteful use of taxpayer money that has already been uncovered is proof that the New Jersey authorities structure is in need of a massive overhaul.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding the death of Cary Edwards:
“I am truly saddened to learn that Cary Edwards has lost his courageous fight against cancer. He was a friend of the family and an exemplary public servant. He truly loved New Jersey and from an early age dedicated his energy, intellect and spirit to serving the people of this State.
All sixteen Republican members of the New Jersey Senate signed a letter today asking Senate President Steve Sweeney to post Governor Chris Christie’s ‘toolkit’ measures for a vote. The toolkit includes a number of comprehensive measures that will make it possible to rein in property taxes, including common-sense reforms to binding arbitration and civil service.
The full letter follows:
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement today after Senator Phil Haines was confirmed to be a Judge of the Superior Court:
“Phil Haines is an effective legislator and a good friend. His understanding and insight of the issues facing New Jersey will be sorely missed by the entire Senate Chamber. However, the Senate’s loss is the court’s gain. I know Phil will bring the same compassion, intelligence and honor to the court as he brought to the Legislature and remain a strong and independent voice for the people.”
Republican and Democratic Leaders have introduced legislation that would help businesses preserve jobs and expand operations in New Jersey. The proposed legislation broadens the availability and revises the terms of financial assistance under New Jersey’s Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) Program, which awards tax credits against the corporation business tax and various taxes on insurers.
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The 12th District Legislators will be hosting the district’s 2nd Annual Blood Drive on Thursday, October 28th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Drive will be held at the District 12 offices in Freehold, located at 35 West Main Street in freehold Borough.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced today that would reform the NJSIAA:
“For more than 90 years the NJSIAA has worked to ensure that scholastic sports in New Jersey are safe, fair and affordable for the students, families and districts. I too am concerned about some of the financial lapses that were describe in the report issued by the State Commission of Investigation but by no means do these allegations require that the NJSIAA be dismantled. The Legislature must repair what is broken in the organization without destroying all the good the NJSIAA has accomplished for the better part of a century.”
Keystone of Toolkit Will Save Public Safety Workers’ Jobs
Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren/Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a hearing on the implementation of S-2310, legislation that would adopt needed reforms in collective bargaining procedures involving municipalities:
“At the beginning of July, the Legislature passed an historic two percent cap on property tax increases at all levels of government in New Jersey. At last, after decades of half-measures and false starts, relief from the State’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes is finally on the way.