Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the imminent expiration of the special appraisal process in the Highlands Preservation Area. The special appraisal process, which will expire on June 30, was designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area.
Republican Senate Whip Kevin O’Toole, who served on the Joint Legislative Committee on Public Employee Benefits Reform in 2006, said he is appalled by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s decision to advance Senate Bill 2955. S-2955 governs some state workers who are being asked to defer salary increases to help balance the budget during a recession. The bill will base pension payouts in part on the wages that would have been paid had raises not been deferred. Senator O’Toole said he objects to the bill because it provides pension benefits without setting aside the resources necessary to make payments to retirees in the future.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, District 21, issued the following statement in support of the effort to put a $400 million bond issue on the November ballot that would pay for preservation of open space.
Senators Say Governor Isn’t Telling Taxpayers Where He’s Spending $17.5 Billion in Federal Stimulus Funds
Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Marcia Karrow (R-23), both members of the Senate Budget Committee, criticized Governor Corzine today for a lack of transparency and accountability in regard to how New Jersey is spending $17.5 billion of federal stimulus funds. In an editorial today, the Asbury Park Press noted that New Jersey’s Web site — www.recovery.nj.gov — provides almost no detail about where billions of dollars have been and will be spent, especially when compared to Web sites now operated by Michigan and Florida.
Morris County Senators Outraged at Governor Corzine’s Attempt to Evade Oversight in Political Patronage Appointment
Senators Anthony Bucco of District 25 and Joe Pennacchio of District 26 released the following statement regarding the politically motivated nomination of Frank Herbert as Morris County superintendent of elections:
“The governor has made a cynical political appointment to a position that should never be filled. There is no duty of the elections superintendent in Morris County that is not already being performed by some other agency.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urged Governor Corzine to keep his promise this time and use any extra money obtained from the tax amnesty program to provide property tax relief to New Jersey’s struggling middle-class families.
Public Should Know If Revenues Other than Tax Amnesty Continue to Plunge
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris) today challenged Governor Corzine to provide an update on all revenues in light of recent pronouncements that one-time revenues derived from the tax amnesty program have generated more than expected:
9th District Delegation’s Action in Direct Response to Transfer Station Proposal in Little Egg Harbor
To provide local residents of a municipality a greater voice in decisions impacting their community, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have introduced legislation (A-4094) that would require municipal approval of a new solid waste facility, including transfer stations. Under the 9th District Legislators’ initiative, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would be required to reject the application or engineering design of a solid waste facility, including a transfer station, if the prospective home municipality disapproves of the facility’s location.
Much More Still Needs to Be Done to Ensure Equity and Fairness
Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding an agreement reached this week on eminent domain reform:
Pennsylvania Mother Ran Off to Disney World with Her Daughter After Reporting to Police They Had Been Kidnapped by ‘Two Black Men’
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder today announced they will introduce legislation increasing the penalties for anyone who makes a false report to law enforcement authorities.
“We want to make sure New Jersey doesn’t have its own version of the highly publicized case in Pennsylvania that wasted the time and money of law enforcement departments searching for a ‘kidnapped’ woman and her child,” said Assemblywoman Addiego.