Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will make a presentation on the upcoming State Budget process and proposed reform legislation at the next meeting of the Tinton Falls Borough Council on Tuesday, March 15th at 7 p.m. at Seabrook Auditorium, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls.
This is the first in a series of three town hall meetings at which the legislators will give presentations. The next presentation will take place at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd, and on Monday, April 25th the legislators will be at the Fair Haven Borough Council Meeting at 7 p.m. at 748 River Road, Fair Haven.
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared in The Record on March 6, 2011:
AVOIDANCE is a powerful impulse in government. Big changes and major decisions are hard to make, no matter how right. It is often easier to do nothing than to confront important but politically inconvenient decisions.
But for lawmakers, what you choose not to do is almost always more consequential than what you accomplish.
In a now famous incident, lawmakers from Wisconsin fled the state in order to avoid making choices they didn’t like.
My Democrat colleagues in Trenton haven’t fled to Pennsylvania or Delaware, but they may as well have.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) issued the following statement in outrage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision to protect the rights of hate groups to protest at military funerals:
“As any American, I support the First Amendment,” said Kyrillos, “but I simply do not believe that the Constitution protects the ability of bigots and hate mongers to violate the sanctity of a service member’s funeral. These protests do irreparable and deliberate harm to the families and loved ones of the fallen.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that reforms New Jersey’s burdensome regulatory structure was recently signed into law. This regulatory reform measure was a recommendation of the governor’s Red Tape Review Commission of which Senator Oroho is a member.
“By simplifying and streamlining the regulatory process we are making government more effective and efficient without compromising public safety or environmental protection, ” Oroho stated. “While one regulation may not close a business or prevent it from expanding, the cumulative effect of thousands of regulations on New Jersey’s books could be devastating. We need to make sure New Jersey remains a competitive state where individuals and small businesses can thrive without fear of unnecessary government interference.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) intended to encourage economic development is now law. The bill, S-6, which streamlines state and local business permitting for economic development projects, was signed yesterday by Governor Chris Christie:
“Economic development projects are hard enough for investors to get off the ground, and government should not needlessly add to that burden,” said Kyrillos. “By streamlining the permitting process where possible and appropriate at every level of government, we can make New Jersey that much more attractive to investors and the jobs they create.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) today noted the Monmouth County Freeholders swift disciplinary action against workers involved in last week’s ‘sick-out’ of SCAT bus drivers:
“The Freeholders did the right thing by immediately suspending three individuals who called out sick on Friday, February 25th, only to be caught on camera at a protest in Trenton,” Kyrillos said. “The actions of these employees and others, who organized a disruption of bus service, endangered the well-being of SCAT’s developmentally disabled and elderly clients. It is my hope that county officials will summarily be able to ascertain if others were absent without proper excuse and take appropriate action.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce that Governor Christie has released the request for proposal (RFP) for Monmouth Park to enter into a five year lease with an option to renew with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
“Horseracing has a strong foundation in New Jersey,” said Beck, “and having an RFP in place for Monmouth Park to be leased to a private entity allows the sport a real opportunity to become sustainable and profitable once more. In addition to the continuation of horseracing at Monmouth Park, this RFP also includes the privatization of five Off-Track Wagering facilities, including the one at Woodbridge. OTW’s can only operate if there is live racing, so it makes perfect sense that the two would go hand-in-hand. This is a new day for racing in New Jersey.”
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) has announced that Republicans will submit today four tax cut proposals outlined by Governor Christie in last month’s budget address.
“Republicans are committed to reducing the tax burden on New Jersey employers, but we will not do it recklessly or outside the context of a balanced budget,” said Senator Kean. “The Governor has proposed several tax relief measures as part of his FY 2012 budget that we are eager to support, and are submitting these pieces of legislation to the Senate today. Senate Democrats appear to have recently become concerned about the tax climate for businesses in New Jersey after voting to raise taxes 115 times in the last decade. Senate Republicans hope their conversion is out of sincere concern for job creation rather than political opportunity. If their belief that tax cuts create jobs in genuine, they’ll join us in passing these bills.”
Senator Has Long Been a Champion of These Reforms
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) praised the passage of two bills (S-2753 and S-2754) in both houses of the state legislature that would streamline New Jersey’s cumbersome tax structure. Senator Oroho is a sponsor of both bills.
“For far too long, New Jersey’s unwieldy and outdated tax code has chased our businesses and jobs to neighboring states,” said Oroho. “It’s clear that businesses will stay in or move to states that have tax and regulatory structures that are competitive and consistent, allowing them to plan for the future. These bills will help New Jersey keep the jobs we already have, while making New Jersey a more attractive place for businesses to relocate to and create new jobs.”
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. made the following statement on the floor of the Senate in opposition to attempts to override the Governor’s veto of unaffordable tax legislation:
Thank you Mr. President for the opportunity to speak on the motion.
As the Senate President is well aware, Republicans have supported these bills. We like them. We were even the first ones to sponsor some of them. That is not at issue here.
What is at issue is that we don’t have the money to pay for them. We do not have 167 million dollars that OLS estimates these bills will cost.
To pass legislation we cannot afford isn’t helpful to job creation. It is a continuation of the same fiscal recklessness that has made New Jersey one of the most unaffordable places in America to live, work, or open a business.