Most of the Details of the Medco Pharmaceutical Benefits Deal Redacted
Senate Republican Budget Officer, Tony Bucco asked Governor Corzine, in a letter today, to release the details of a proposed $6 billion contract that will allow MEDCO to run the drug benefits program that serves 800,000 public employees, retirees and their families.
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement calling on Governor Corzine to report to the citizens of New Jersey on the health of the state’s pension system:
“Governor Corzine personally lobbied President Clinton to salvage tax havens for Enron, allowing the company to mask its massive debt for years under the cover of a legitimate investment, which the Clinton Administration sought to end,” O’Toole stated.
Ciesla, Wolfe & Holzapfel Call on Governor Corzine to Convene a Special Legislative Session on Ethics Reform
Senator Andy Ciesla and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Jim Holzapfel of the 10th legislative district joined with the Senate and Assembly Republicans to call upon Governor Corzine to convene a special legislative session on ethics reform.
The request was made by the entire membership of both legislative caucuses in a letter signed by the 17 Republicans in the New Jersey Senate and the 31 Republicans in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande: July’s Unemployment Numbers Do Not Bode Well for New Jersey’s Current Direction
This week’s unemployment rates for the Tri-State region were released, and once again, New Jersey’s numbers remain the highest in the region at 9.3 percent for July, up from 9.2 percent in June.
New York has the second highest with 8.6 percent and Pennsylvania reported a rate of 8.5 percent for last month.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Labor Department issued a report that showed New Jersey continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the region.
“The numbers speak for themselves. Governor Corzine’s policies have left New Jersey in a worse economic situation than all of its neighbors – we have the highest unemployment, the highest taxes, and some of the highest debt in the country. New Jersey’s businesses and middle-class families continue to flee the state for more hospitable climates.
Senator Steven Oroho, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said he is deeply troubled by published comments questioning whether Corzine administration employment data released yesterday accurately reflects what went on in the New Jersey economy in July.
The report said the state had private sector job growth even as the unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent, the highest level in 32 years.
“Corzine Is Delusional and Needs to Embrace Economic Development Proposals”
In response to Governor Corzine trying to spin good news out of today’s announcement that New Jersey’s unemployment rate increased from 9.2% to 9.3%, Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth Mercer), issued the following statement:
The following is an article by Senator Jennifer Beck that was published in the Summer 2009 Quarterly Magazine by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors
It cannot be denied that New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing was created with the admirable intention of helping resolve our State’s affordable housing problem.
However, the most recent regulations allow COAH to use faulty data to assign municipalities unwieldy affordable housing obligations and include new obligations of affordable housing based on on-going commercial development, and requiring a new affordable housing unit for every 16 jobs (deemed to be created whenever a commercial building is built or expanded), regardless of whether there actually has been any job growth.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, the senior Republican Member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, issued the following comments regarding reports that New Jersey’s unemployment rate rose to 9.3% in July, the highest level in more than a quarter of a century.
“Jon Corzine’s record on job creation is abysmal. New Jersey’s economy was in decline long before the national recession took hold. Our unemployment rate remains higher than that of any neighboring state’s.
Senate and Assembly Republicans Call on Governor Corzine to Convene a Special Legislative Session on Ethics Reform
The Senate and Assembly Republicans today called on Governor Corzine to convene a special legislative session on ethics reform.
The request was made by the entire membership of both legislative caucuses in a letter signed by the 17 Republican members of the New Jersey Senate and the 31 Republican members of the New Jersey General Assembly.