Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Does Job Efficiently
The six Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee commended the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today for spending agency money in a responsible and cost-efficient manner while providing services to our honored veterans.
Pennacchio and Baroni Say Scandal Demonstrates Why Corzine Should Join Call for Pension Hearings Now
Senators Joseph Pennacchio and Bill Baroni, who are preparing legislation to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the operations of the state pension funds, say they have read disturbing allegations of intermediaries known as “placement agents” manipulating the pension investment process in New York, New Mexico and other states for personal and political gain. The reports have come to light amid the investigation of a pension-fund pay-to-play scandal that has led to the indictment of Hank Morris, a political adviser to former New York Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi.
Morningstar Review: “Despite this plan’s ‘best’ moniker, it lands firmly in our Worst category”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) responded this morning to a new report by Morningstar that ranks New Jersey’s 529 college savings plan among the five worst in the nation. Morningstar, a highly respected investment research firm, based their ranking on New Jersey’s abnormally high fees, risky investment strategies and a lack of investment options in the New Jersey Best 529 College Savings Plan.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) requiring Assisted Living Facilities to have a defibrillator on site and employees trained to use it was recently signed into law by Governor Corzine. The new law requires assisted living facilities to comply with the same requirements concerning defibrillators as those that apply to nursing homes.
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee expressed concern today that hospitals are being awarded funding based on political motives rather than need:
Senator Bucco Questions Why Corzine’s Appointees Receive Double-Digit Raises While Everyone Else Is Told to Sacrifice
Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco (R-Morris) called on Governor Corzine to explain recent double-digit pay increases for political appointees in his administration. At a Senate Budget hearing this morning, the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services could not explain double-digit raises in that department and promised to get back to the committee with an answer.
Connors, Rumpf & Van Pelt Aim to Assist Shore-Based Company in Applying for Clean Energy Grants/Tax Incentives
Delegation Contacts BPU & EDA Regarding Viking Yachts Proposed Wind Turbine Project
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have written to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) at the request of the Viking Yachts Company to inquire if any grants, rebate programs or tax incentives are available to the Company for its proposed wind turbine project.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Education Committee, criticized the Corzine Administration’s policy that forbids local boards of education from lowering school taxes even if they are able to find savings in the school budget.
Republican Senate Leader Tom Kean announced today that Deputy Republican Conference Leader Christopher “Kip” Bateman will take a new seat that has been created on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senator Robert Singer, Republican member of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement after reading the Department of Public Advocate’s report detailing allegations that elderly patients were evicted on short notice from one company’s nursing homes when their personal savings were exhausted.
“My bill, S-221, would require nursing homes to work with private pay patients to ensure that the residents are aware of where they are on a waiting list for a Medicaid bed before their private funds run out and Medicaid takes over,” Singer said.