Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are proud to announce the unanimous passage of three bills by the State Senate awarding nearly $6 million in funding to 12th District municipalities for farmland and historic preservation purposes.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean decried the party-line vote that led to the passage of S-2828, a bill that lets school districts borrow from the state to make up for delays in payments of state aid. Governor Corzine has proposed this ill-advised and constitutionally suspect measure to give the appearance that the state has a balanced 2009 budget by moving expenses into a new year.
Bill Renaming Rt. 9 Bridge in Honor of Local Fallen Soldier Passed Unanimously by Senate in Time for Memorial Day Weekend
A local bridge in Freehold Township will be named the Corporal Philip A. Reynolds Memorial Bridge under legislation unanimously approved today by the State Senate that was sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck. The Assembly version of the bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and was passed by the General Assembly in March.
‘If you don’t have the resources, you can’t spend money you don’t have.’
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris) called on Jon Corzine to bring his actions into line with his rhetoric. Yesterday, defending his decision to put property tax relief last in his budget and to terminate more than 1 million people from the property tax relief program, Governor Corzine stated, “If you don’t have the resources, you can’t spend money you don’t have.”
Republican members of the senate Budget Committee released the following statement following budget meetings Thursday:
Governor Corzine bristles when anyone points out failed policies that have worsened today’s budget mess and reflexively labels them as “partisan.” However, unless he acknowledges failed policies, he will never be able to correct them and things won’t get much better for people in New Jersey.
Here are some of the failed policies that have made our situation worse.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos, senior Republican on the Senate Economic Growth Committee, said this after learning that New Jersey’s unemployment rate continues to rise and is now 8.4 percent, higher than the rates of surrounding states.
“New Jersey is in the ideal physical location to be the national economic leader among the states,” Senator Kyrillos said. “However, it’s not because of the public policies we have followed over the last eight years.
Urges End to Wall Street Games that Destroyed Our Economy
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony R. Bucco strongly condemned the Joint Budget Oversight Committee’s approval of a debt restructuring gimmick that Governor Corzine plans to use to push more of today’s crippling debt burden on to our children and grandchildren.
While State Offices Across New Jersey Shut Down for a Furlough Day, It Will Be Business as Usual at the 8th District Legislative Office
Motor Vehicle Commission offices and locations were closed Monday (May 18), and other state offices will go dark for one furlough day before the end of the month. Many offices will be closed on Friday, May 22, making it impossible for taxpayers to access service for a four-day stretch over the extended Memorial Day weekend.
Ethics Reform Bill Prompted By Conflicts of Interest in Tinton Falls Unanimously Passes Senate Committee
Legislation sponsored by 12th District Legislator Senator Jennifer Beck that would prohibit local government officials from taking payment to advocate on behalf of organizations with business before any body of that local government was passed unanimously by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are the primary sponsors of this legislation in the General Assembly.
Senator Diane Allen, Republican deputy Senate leader from Burlington, said she was pleased the Senate Education Committee today approved S-2776, the New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act. This bill, co-sponsored with Democratic committee Chairwoman Shirley Turner, requires each four-year institution of higher education to provide information on graduation rates, costs, faculty and other important facts on its Web site.