State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) responded to reports that Jersey City will borrow to pay for more than $9 million in accumulated personal time and sick time this year by calling again for an immediate vote to end unused sick leave payouts for public employees:
“Today, we saw the clearest example yet of how the Democratic Majority’s refusal to enact meaningful sick leave reform is costing the taxpayers of New Jersey. Jersey City is being forced to pay $9 million in unused leave benefits, rather than controlling taxes and improving services is bad enough. Sick leave is not deferred compensation. It is not a retirement plan or a bonus – it is intended to be used as time off when an employee is sick. The Majority needs to recognize that we must end, not just cap, these payments and post the Governor’s conditional veto immediately.”
Scores 100% Second Year in a Row
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) was recently named a “Taxpayer Champion” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance. The Alliance selected Senator Bateman after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.
“The New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by holding elected officials accountable for their actions when taxpayers’ money is at stake, ” Bateman stated. “I am grateful for the recognition of the Alliance for my work on behalf of all taxpayers and trying to make New Jersey more affordable and Trenton more accountable.”
$139 Million Aid Package for Cities Held Up by Senate Democrats
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Senate Democrats to move, S-3024 a critical aid bill for New Jersey cities:
“It is baffling that the Senate Democrat’s will not to move this important aid package for New Jersey’s most-distressed cities forward. It is important that this aid package is passed in order for the cities to meet payroll and retain public safety employees.
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, R-24, announced today, they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance.
“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Gary and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”
“Tax Policy is Jobs Policy”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance (NJTA) named all 16 Republican Senators as “Taxpayer Champions.” The Alliance honored the legislators after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.
“My Republican colleagues and I understand that tax policy is jobs policy. Our goal is to make New Jersey competitive again so that we can attract new businesses and private sector jobs for New Jersey workers. This starts with making sure our tax policies are reasonable and consistent.
President’s Proposal Would Authorize Private Debt Collectors to Call Cell Phones of People Delinquent on Debts Owed to the Federal Government
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a formal proposal, submitted by President Obama, that would authorize private debt collectors to call the cell phones of people delinquent on student loans and other debts owed the Federal Government. Debt collectors may currently make “robo” calls to landlines but not to cell phones:
“I am appalled President Obama has aligned himself with the private debt collection industry to expand their ability to make harassing ‘robo’ calls to people’s cell phones.
Raises Awareness of Need for Donations
Senator Diane Allen today hosted an event for Burlington County food pantries in order to help restock their shelves and raise awareness of unprecedented shortages of provisions and supplies.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7) helps to distribute crates of food donated to local food pantries.
“Food is such a basic need. Recent record setting demands for assistance coupled with substantial cuts in federal funding have left our food pantries barren,” said Allen. “It is my hope today to bring to light the real face of hunger in our own communities. Additionally we will be donating over 10,000 pounds of food to the agencies in attendance today.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding estimates released today that project up to $267 million in savings from the recently enacted pension and health care benefits reform.
“Earlier this year landmark pension and healthcare benefits reform were passed by a bipartisan coalition of legislators. That reform package is already starting to reap benefits. The projected savings for the current fiscal year is estimated to be up to $267 million.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement this afternoon:
“For the last two years my colleagues and I have been working with Governor Christie to right New Jersey’s ship of state. During that time we have made great progress toward making New Jersey more affordable.
“The Governor’s leadership is a critical element in advancing our shared agenda, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in reversing the mistakes of the past and in putting New Jersey on a clear path towards prosperity.”
Lawmakers Draft Legislation that Could Save Taxpayers More than $9.5 million Per Year
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder are introducing legislation specifically directing the State Salary Review Commission to consider recommending pay cuts for the top Public Officers in New Jersey that will annually save taxpayers $9,633,871.
“The Salary Commission was formed in 2003 to compare the compensation of public officers with their counterparts in private industry,” said Senator Addiego. “In the private sector, salaries for executives are being cut and bonuses have disappeared. Compensation for administrators and executives in the public sector should follow the same path,” said Senator Addiego. “It makes sense, and it saves taxpayer money. It needs to be done.”