Were it not for New Jersey crashing the list of the five worst states, little would have changed from the previous surveys…Respondents said New Jersey’s tax policies were the most likely to dissuade companies from relocating to or expanding in the state. That’s a stunning change for a state that didn’t make the worst five in a single question in our 2000 tax survey.. (2004 State Tax Survey, CFO Magazine)
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today after hearing legislative budget experts testify that the state’s tax revenue may exceed original projections by as much as $430 million this fiscal year:
“Over the past decade Democrats controlled both the Legislature and the Governorship and drove New Jersey’s once proud competitive position into the ground by over-taxation, over-regulation and over-spending. As a result we lost jobs, businesses and tax revenue. Study after study reflects this regression over the past 10 years.
Republican Fiscal Discipline Beginning To Show Results
Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statement regarding testimony on the FY 2012 state budget today:
“Under Governor Christie’s leadership, the fiscal discipline we implemented in the budget I introduced last year is beginning to bear fruit. It is important to remember that the revenue estimates, while encouraging, are volatile and unreliable.
Monmouth Poll Shows Negative Opinion of Legislature With Reforms Stalled by the Majority
Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) said that a Monmouth University poll showing the public disapproving of the job the Legislature is doing is unsurprising in light of key reforms being stalled by the Majority party in Trenton.
“When the Majority cannot be brought to embrace the common-sense concept that sick leave is to recover from illness rather than a supplemental retirement fund for public employees, it is little wonder the public doesn’t trust its Legislature, ” Kean said. “Sick leave payouts are a creature of special interests run amok over government and must be ended, not simply capped.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber, all R-Morris and Passaic, issued the statement below in response to a recent media report that the Parsippany Town Council is expected to approve today an emergency appropriation of $895,944 to pay retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time:
“This emergency appropriation is exactly what is wrong with the public employee sick leave benefits system. It is unfathomable that taxpayers should be on the hook for such astronomical payouts whether on the local or state levels. Sick pay is for when you are sick, not a supplemental retirement fund for workers who, in the future, will be receiving taxpayer-funded pensions. Use it or lose it. It’s that simple.
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) expressed the need for continued fiscal restraint today after the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services testified that New Jersey tax revenues are $430 million above expectations for the current fiscal year and $913 million more than expected through June 2012.
“The positive revenue projections announced today are a vindication that the budget priorities pushed by the Governor and supported by my Republican colleagues over the past year were the correct choices, ” Bucco stated. “We must remain vigilant and not allow this uptick in revenue to be squandered away and used as an excuse to spend more and grow government.”
Warns Against Using Surplus Funds to Expand Government
Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) said today that the state’s positive revenue outlook shows Republican budget discipline is getting results in the fight to repair state finances damaged during:
“With state finances in shambles, Republicans and Governor Christie led last year by offering a balanced, fiscally disciplined budget after the Democratic Majority abdicated their responsibility to govern,” said Kean. “Today’s improved revenue forecast shows that the decision to live within our means and hold the line on taxes is working. While our recovery is tenuous and we must remain cautious, the revised outlook is a welcome change from a decade of higher taxes, spending, and debt under total Democratic control of state government.”
The following editorial by Senators Joe Kyrillos and Kevin O’Toole appeared in the Star-Ledger on Tuesday, May 17, 2011:
Realizing that newspaper editorial writers, by definition, express an opinion for a living, we must take issue with The Star-Ledger’s complaint against Gov. Chris Christie in the April 28 editorial, “The Attack on Justice Albin.”
In that column, The Star-Ledger excoriates Christie for criticizing state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin’s comments regarding a tax increase during the latest round of school funding litigation as “tasteless,” “cheap” and “dishonest.”
We disagree. In our opinion, Albin wrongfully overstepped his jurisdiction and the governor had every right to call him on it.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) has introduced legislation, S-2881, aimed at providing all children in New Jersey with an effective teacher in their classrooms. “The School Children First Act” will reform teachers’ tenure and pay structure, and bringing these important protections in line with the state constitution’s mandate of a “thorough and efficient” system of public education. The legislation is modeled after Governor Christie’s teacher tenure and salary reform proposals.
“We cannot, as a state, tolerate a public education system in which some children have access to good teachers while others do not,” said Kyrillos. “We must make the system work better for kids by rewarding excellent teachers and removing those who are not effective in the classroom. In order to meet the state constitution’s requirement of a thorough and efficient system of public schools for all children, we must put their needs above all else in every facet of our educational system. That includes how tenure and compensation are earned.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande join with Governor Christie’s in applauding the continuation of live racing at both the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park throughout 2011 and beyond with agreements with private-sector operators reached.
“It is truly gratifying to hear the Governor assure the people of New Jersey that horseracing will not only continue for years to come,” said Beck, “but will do so in a self-sustaining business model with private sector dollars, rather than tax dollars, being used to fund purses. Governor Christie lived up to his word and now the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park have private operators who have the means and the dedication to ensure the horseracing has a future in New Jersey.”
Praising the recently announced deal to preserve New Jersey’s horse racing industry, Senator Joe Kyrillos issued the following statement:
“Having observed final negotiations yesterday, I truly believe that this is a plan that will preserve the viability of the industry, save taxpayer dollars, and be an economic boon to both the region and the state as a whole. The Governor, his team, and all interested parties deserve a tremendous amount of credit for brokering a deal that will result in a stronger business model for horse racing that can stand on its own two feet.