Pennsylvania Mother Ran Off to Disney World with Her Daughter After Reporting to Police They Had Been Kidnapped by ‘Two Black Men’
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder today announced they will introduce legislation increasing the penalties for anyone who makes a false report to law enforcement authorities.
“We want to make sure New Jersey doesn’t have its own version of the highly publicized case in Pennsylvania that wasted the time and money of law enforcement departments searching for a ‘kidnapped’ woman and her child,” said Assemblywoman Addiego.
The 12th District Legislators today unveiled a ten-point economic stimulus package for New Jersey at a press conference at the State House. The initiatives includes bills that will spur economic growth in the real estate and retail industries, to create a friendlier atmosphere for businesses, and to strengthen the overall budget planning in the State of New Jersey.
Trenton Leaders Should Stop Stalling on Appraisal Legislation
Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-Sussex/Morris/Hunterdon) called on legislative leaders and the Governor to act on legislation before the summer recess to protect the property rights of landowners in the Highlands region whose property has been devalued as a result of the land use restrictions of the Highlands law.
Tax Credit Would Be Established Under Connors/Rumpf/Van Pelt Bill for Psychiatric Treatment of Veterans
Legislation drafted by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt would allow for a tax credit to be available for unreimbursed psychiatric treatment provided to a veteran who has been honorably discharged from active military service and is a resident of the state. The 9th District Legislators’ veterans’ initiative would be for a corporation business tax credit or income tax credit.
All six Republicans on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee rejected Governor Corzine’s election-year budget today because its reliance on one-shot revenue and gimmicks will create a fiscal crisis that pushes the state closer to insolvency.
A Partial List of ‘Governor Deficit’s’ Time Bombs for Taxpayers
Republican Senate Budget Officer Anthony Bucco warned that passage of Governor Corzine’s 2010 budget will pave the way for the worst budget crisis in state history. Effects of this crisis will be felt for years, Bucco predicted.
The 12th District Legislators are continuing their fight for ethics reform in the State of New Jersey, and are troubled with the complete lack of ethics bills being heard by the Senate and Assembly State Government Committees.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande agree that if ever there was a time to come down hard on ethics violations by elected officials and state employees, it is now.
Senator Steven Oroho, a Republican member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about a Bloomberg News report that says the leader of New Jersey’s second-largest public employee union is telling her members not to vote to accept the governor’s furlough and wage freeze for 2010. If state workers reject the measures and the costly concessions the governor made to win their support, it could leave a more than $300 million hole in the budget, Oroho pointed out.
Deputy Republican Senate Leader Diane Allen of Burlington and Camden said Governor Corzine’s refusal to reveal which schools will have their budgets cut by his plan to take back $35 million in debt service aid is inexcusable. Corzine hasn’t said which districts will lose aid or how much aid they will lose. School districts have already put the aid into their budgets for 2009-2010. Removing it on short notice may require districts to ask for emergency property tax increases or come up with last-minute cutbacks in spending or hiring that will disrupt children’s education, Senator Allen said.
American Journalists Reporting from China-North Korea Border Charged, Convicted and Sentenced to 12 Years of Hard Labor
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) has written letters to officials of both the United States and China appealing for their assistance in ongoing efforts to obtain the release of a pair of American journalists who were arrested, convicted and sentenced by North Korea to 12 years of hard labor. The reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were working on a story about the human trafficking of women across the China-North Korea border at the time of their arrest for committing what has only been described as a “grave crime” by the insular nation.