Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), sponsor of S-445, discussing The Transparency in Government Act. Pennacchio is joined by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.
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Connors, Rumpf & Van Pelt Call for Investigation into Construction Problems Plaguing Mirage Community in Barnegat
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have written to the State Attorney General’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office requesting that an investigation be opened into the myriad of construction defects found in the homes of a significant number of residents living in the Four Seasons Community at the Mirage located in Barnegat Township.
The Transparency in Government Act would create a user-friendly Web site to empower New Jersey citizens with the ability to ensure accountability for every state tax dollar. Senator Joe Pennacchio, R-District 26, the primary sponsor of the bill, is urging the state to create an easy-to-use site that displays the State’s annual revenues, expenditures and total debt as well as other current and historical information vital to monitoring government.
Program to Help Veterans Make the Transition into College Classrooms
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-7) that would provide support services for veterans at New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. The measure, S-2171, is modeled on California’s successful Troops to College Program and seeks to provide assistance to veterans attempting to obtain a college education.
$400 Million Tax Hike May Be in Store
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), a member of the Senate Labor Committee, expressed his disappointment that no one from the Department of Labor was made available to answer questions regarding New Jersey’s unemployment compensation fund during today’s committee hearing.
Warning that voters could potentially be disenfranchised of their right to decide the fate of their own communities, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt, all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl. today publicly stated their position on legislation (A-3490) that proposes to consolidate the Boroughs of Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Ship Bottom, Surf City and the Township of Long Beach into one municipality to be known as Long Beach Island Township.
Reform Package Introduced For More Than a Month
Senator Tom Kean, the Senate Republican Leader, called on the Legislative Leadership today to move an ethics reform package that has been held up in committee for nearly two months.
The New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth, Mercer) has been selected by the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership as one of 24 elected public officials in its 2008 class of Fellows. Each of the members of the class was selected on their reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a bipartisan approach to governing. The class is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and represents Fellows from 22 states, serving at both local and state levels of government.
Beck, Casagrande and O’Scanlon Ask Corzine: So Now Tax Holidays Are a Good Idea? Governor Rejects Sales Tax Break, but Urges Payroll Tax Holiday
State Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today said they are surprised to hear that just a month after rejecting a Republican proposal for a tax holiday, Governor Jon Corzine is suddenly embracing – a tax holiday.
Questions Lingering Regarding Rocco Riccio Patronage Job at New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) called on Governor Corzine to withdraw the appointment made last night of Kris Kolluri to the State Ethics Commission until such time as Governor Corzine and Kolluri, the former Commissioner of Transportation and head of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, are willing to fully explain the patronage hire of Rocco Riccio at the Turnpike Authority.