Senator Andy Ciesla and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Jim Holzapfel (all R-10) were dismayed to learn that residents of Ocean County do not qualify for federal assistance to relieve any damages obtained during the March 12, 2010 storm that severely hit the coastal areas of New Jersey.
FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe storms and flooding.
Tom Kean Encourages New Jersey Residents to Be Counted and Help Their Communities
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) encouraged New Jersey residents who have not yet completed and returned their census forms to do so in recognition of National Census Day. The 2010 United States Census is designed to take a snapshot of the country’s population as of April 1, 2010, which has been designated National Census Day.
“The results of the 2010 United States Census will help the federal government to make better decisions on how to allocate more than $400 billion of funding that is distributed annually to serve the public,” said Kean. “The census helps all levels of government to better plan and prioritize important projects, like building roads, hospitals and senior centers.”
12th District Legislators Call for Investigation of Possible Consumer Fraud in Case of Bridal Shop Closure
The 12th District Legislators call upon New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and Acting Director of Consumer Affairs Sharon M. Joyce to investigate the possibility of consumer fraud against the owner of Enzo’s Bridal, Manalapan, which suddenly closed last week while still processing orders.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande were shocked to learn that Enzo’s Bridal, located on Route 9, left so many brides-to-be in the lurch, many apparently without any notice.
Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding the release of a Fairleigh Dickenson University/Public Mind poll quantifying the widespread public opposition to the $300 million tax break being offered to the Morgan Stanley Revel hotel project.
Doherty to Introduce Legislation Barring Any State Employee’s Pay from Exceeding the Governor’s Salary
Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced that he is drafting new legislation that would prohibit any state employee from making more than the governor.
“It is simply ridiculous that an employee of the state would qualify for a higher salary than the governor,” Doherty began. “The Governor of the State of New Jersey has by far the hardest job in the state and the most responsibility. The state payroll should reflect that fact.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Local Edition on March 11, 2010 to discuss current efforts to create jobs and address New Jersey’s high rate of unemployment, and to talk about ways that we can make the state a competitive destination for new and relocating businesses.
He noted the joint efforts of the Legislature and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, through the newly established Red Tape Review Commission, to identify burdensome and unnecessary state regulations that could quickly be eliminated.
Senator Kean also discussed the importance of lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation tax burden to make us competitive with other states, and efforts to consolidate the state’s fragmented business support programs to make them easier to locate, navigate, and take advatage of.
8th District Lawmakers Accepted Voluntary, Permanent 10% Pay Cut Last Year; Their Bill Makes Same Reduction Mandatory For All NJ Legislators
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder voluntarily cut their legislative salaries by 10 percent in March of last year.
Now, with New Jersey facing the worst financial crisis in history and a budget hole exceeding $10 billion for next year, Addiego and Rudder have re-introduced a bill that will slice the compensation for all the State’s legislators by ten percent.
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Governor Christie’s plan to reward schools that freeze teacher pay with additional state funding:
“I whole-heartedly support Governor Christie’s proposal to reward those school systems that are working with the employees and the taxpayers to forge a reasonable budget in these difficult fiscal times. This is a common-sense reasonable response to those who are facing this fiscal crisis with a determination to fix the problem rather than the blame.
Conservative leaders Call on Attorney General to Make NJ the 15th State; Receive Praise from Congressman Garrett
Senator Mike Doherty and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose today called on New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow to join Attorneys General in 14 other states in a lawsuit that holds that the $940 billion federal health care package signed into law this week is unconstitutional. No Republican in either house of Congress supported the bill.
Attorneys General in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota have already filed suit.
Says Reasonable Negotiations Can Help Prevent Layoffs and Tax Increases
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) urged unions representing public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police, to help support local efforts in the communities they serve to address budget deficits. Kyrillos noted that efforts in several communities have proven that doomsday predictions of massive layoffs and tax increases can be averted through a civil process of financial analysis and negotiation.
“We have already seen several instances of public employees unions working closely with the communities they serve to enact reasonable contractual changes that reflect the dire budgetary realities of today,” said Kyrillos. “We have seen several encouraging instances of teachers and policemen working with their communities to prevent layoffs that would hurt their colleagues and tax increases that would hurt homeowners.”