Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande call on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to seek proposals to place video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands, following a recent $600 million offer from a group of casino industry executives.
“This proposal to pay the SEA $600 million shows that placing VLTs or slots at racetracks could be very profitable for the State of New Jersey,” said Beck. “In the midst of our fiscal crisis in the State, an offer like this cannot necessarily be dismissed out of hand. However, an offer like this cannot also simply be accepted without an open bidding process. That is why I believe that the Authority should seek similar proposals so that it can determine which of these proposals are best for the State and New Jersey’s racing industry.”
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Does Job Efficiently
The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee commended the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today for operating efficiently.
It is refreshing to hear that this agency continues to be a responsible steward of public resources. It was made evident today that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs not only proudly represents the men and women who faithfully served our country, but also operates in an open and cost-effective manner.
Troubling Numbers Demonstrate Need for UI Reform Now
Senator Joseph Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding job growth numbers released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
I am deeply saddened to learn that my friend and mentor Captain, Senator and Assemblyman Joe Azzolina passed away. He was like family to me and I know he had a great love of New Jersey and its citizens. Joe’s extraordinary generosity and kindness to those in need is legendary. For more than 40 years he dedicated his energy, his intellect and his spirit to serving the people of this State and nation.
I am saddened that my friend and legislative partner Joe Azzolina has passed away.
He loved New Jersey and America, and from an early age and throughout a long life dedicated his energy and spirit to serving the people of this state and nation.
Bill Must Be Signed By the End of May to Avoid Huge Tax Increases
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments on the quickly approaching deadline to finish reforming the Unemployment Insurance Fund:
“If we do nothing the UI fund trigger will trip an automatic $484 per employee tax on businesses, July 1, 2010. Total cost to business is nearly $1 billion according to the Acting Commissioner of Labor. This tax increase would have a devastating effect on the already fragile business climate in New Jersey.
Lawmakers Urge BPU to¬†Consider Economy Before Deciding on Application
Senator Phil Haines, Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder are concerned about New Jersey American Water’s request for a 13.6 percent rate increase and have asked the BPU to exercise extreme diligence when considering the petition.
“This is absolutely the worst time to be asking New Jersey families to dig deeper and bear the burden of a double-digit rate increase,” said Assemblywoman Addiego. “We need to slow down and take a deep breath.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will host a service fair on Tuesday, April 27th at the Perry L. Drew School, 70 Two Rivers Drive, East Windsor¬†from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Organizations in attendance will include financial agencies, healthcare assistance, employment services and social programs.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement on today’s status as ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for filing New Jersey and federal income taxes:
“While taxpayers across America shoulder the growing expense of federal government together, the citizens of New Jersey stand virtually alone in bearing an immense state and local tax burden that is far greater than that of our countrymen.”
Residents of 12 NJ Counties Affected by March Storm Benefit from Tax Filing Extension
As residents rush to complete and file their taxes by tonight’s midnight deadline, Senator Tom Kean (R-21) has issued a reminder that many New Jerseyans have received an automatic extension to May 11 to file their state and federal income taxes returns. The extension is the result of the declaration of Presidential Disaster Relief Areas for twelve New Jersey counties that suffered from severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides last month.
“Many areas of New Jersey were hit hard by the severe storms that swept through our state in March,” said Kean. “Twelve counties were declared federal disaster areas, which has resulted in the extension of the deadline for filing state and federal taxes to May 11 for the residents of those counties.”