July Tax Collections Come in as Governor Projected
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement regarding state revenue collections for the month of July:
“The Treasury Department has released actual tax collections for the month of July, and the numbers confirm what Republicans said in June: that the Governor’s revenue certification was fiscally sound. While one month does not a trend make, it is heartening that the governor balanced the Democrats’ budget by veto. Had their revenue estimates been allowed to stand in this years budget, we would be in trouble if this month’s revenue tracking holds throughout the year.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce that Red Bank Regional High School has been awarded two grants through the School Development Authority’s Regular Operating District (ROD) grant program.
The projects that will be funded by the grants are: renovating the auditorium, which will include painting and the replacement of 280 seats and carpeting, and converting the intercom system to voice over IP (VOIP). The total estimated cost of the projects is $275,392, with the state share totaling $110,373.
Senator Diane Allen Applauds Governor Christie’s Recognition of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s recognition of the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers:
“We have just kicked off National Health Center Week and couldn’t be more pleased that the Governor came down here to celebrate our extraordinary FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) here in Burlington City. The fact is we really should be celebrating these centers every day of every week because of the positive impact they have on the lives of our lower income residents, particularly women.
Bill Sponsored by Senator Beck Would Establish Special “Supplemental Loan Fund”
Governor Chris Christie has signed Senate Bill 2910 into law. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck, establishes a special “Supplemental Loan Fund” for a short-term or temporary supplemental loan financing or refinancing program to be known as the “Supplemental Financing Program.”
“This bill will allow local government units to receive loans on behalf of private persons for onsite wastewater disposal,” explained Beck (R-Monmouth/Mercer). “These loans help finance alterations, repairs or replacements to individual subsurface sewage disposal system arising from onsite sewage system failure.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos, co-prime sponsor of the original legislation establishing New Jersey’s landmark Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT), is pleased to announce that special financing for the cleanup of Middletown’s Shadow Lake has been signed into law by Governor Christie this afternoon:
“The Environmental Infrastructure trust was created to help communities finance costly remediation projects just like Shadow Lake in order to improve and preserve our state’s natural treasures,” said Kyrillos.
Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statement regarding the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee’s hearing today on infrastructure problems at the Motor Vehicle Commission:
“These problems were not created overnight; they are the result of years of neglect of the state’s IT system. The Christie Administration cannot be expected to snap its fingers and make the problem go away overnight, and certainly not when the Majority’s idea of fiscal discipline is to pass a budget that is nearly $1 billion in the red.”
Calling today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee field hearing regarding long-standing technology issues at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission little more than a campaign event, Republican committee members Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex), and Steve Oroho (R- Sussex) issued the following statements:
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex):
“The idea that problems resulting from MVC’s computer systems have miraculously sprung up in less than two years under the Christie Administration is laughable on its face. Today’s hearing, held in a swing legislative district rather than Trenton despite no public testimony being taken, is little more than a campaign event held for the benefit of area legislators’ re-election campaigns. Today’s hearing was great political theater. However, this hearing accomplished nothing in the line of problem solving.”
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he has secured additional funds for open space acquisition, farmland preservation and historical preservation in Warren and Hunterdon Counties. Governor Christie signed the bill authorizing the transfer of the funds Wednesday.
Senator Kevin O’Toole a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today praised the acquisition of additional funding for open space acquisition, farmland preservation and historical preservation in Bergen, Essex and Passaic Counties. Governor Christie signed the bill authorizing the transfer of the funds Wednesday.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) is pleased to announce that legislation authorizing open space preservation funds was signed by Governor Christie today. The grants, part of New Jersey’s “Green Acres” open space acquisition program, will help municipalities and non-profit organizations purchase land for preservation.
“Green Acres is critical to combating sprawl and maintaining the quality of life in our communities,” said Kyrillos. “These funds are the lifeblood of local efforts to preserve green space that are many times too costly for local government to undertake alone. The funds allocated by law today will help towns and counties plan for and acquire lands for preservation or recreational development.”