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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Bateman Responds to Proposed EPA Budget Cuts

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset) penned the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposal to cut the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s annual budget by 23 percent in 2019:

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) penned the following statement in response to the president’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 23 percent. (©iStock)

“I am deeply concerned about the federal budget proposal to reduce Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by $2.5 billion. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, the EPA has played a profound role in safeguarding public health and protecting our nation’s precious natural resources. As New Jersey Senator and proud protector of the environment, I am committed to ensuring that the public and environmental safety of the Garden State remains a priority.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Statement Following Sexual Assault Arrests in Bergen County

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Says Governor’s Sanctuary State Plan Would Protect Accused Rapists

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen and Passaic) said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies. (©iStock)

“A woman was gang-raped by three men Bergen County, while ‘incapacitated and physically helpless.’ This makes me sick to my stomach,” said Cardinale, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We need to do everything we can to protect and ensure justice for this helpless victim.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Warns on Murphy’s Scheme to Replace Property Taxes with Charitable Contributions

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Says Taxpayers Need Real Solutions, Not False Hope

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris and Passaic) warned that Governor Phil Murphy’s proposal to allow homeowners to contribute to municipal charitable funds as an alternative to making property tax payments likely will not be approved by the federal government.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio warned that Governor Murphy’s proposal to allow homeowners to contribute to municipal charitable funds as an alternative to making property tax payments likely will not be approved by the federal government. (SenateNJ.com)

“While I agree with the governor’s sentiment that we need to provide property tax relief to New Jerseyans, his charitable contribution scheme provides false hope rather than real solutions,” said Pennacchio. “I have no doubt that the Internal Revenue Service or Congress will strike down this concerted effort to evade federal taxes. We should focus on real solutions that actually lower the cost of government.”

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District 8

Addiego, Howarth, Peters Create Online Petition to Stop Extreme Price Increases to Send Packages to Troops Overseas

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Care packages to troops overseas may be halted due to a recent consolidation of postal centers that process military mail.

The United States Postal Service consolidated five military mail postal centers into one location in Chicago, Illinois, causing rates to ship packages overseas to more than double in some instances.

Addiego, Howarth and Peters have launched an online petition to stop extreme rate increases by the U.S. Postal Service to send care packages to troops overseas. (Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey)

New Jersey’s 8th District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth and Assemblyman Ryan Peters are calling on people to sign an online petition urging the United States Postal Service to restore rates back to previous pricing.

“Nonprofits in South Jersey have been blindsided by skyrocketing prices to ship care packages to service men and women overseas. The dramatic cost increase came without warning and threatens to severely slash the amount of parcels being sent out,” Howarth said

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Introduces Interest Arbitration Legislation to Reinstate Expired Cap

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Interest Arbitration Cap Saved Property Taxpayers Almost $600 million in Direct Costs and Billions Overall from 2011 to 2017

Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would reinstate one of the key tools that allowed New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap to successfully contain the growth of tax bills from 2011 to 2017.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced interest arbitration legislation to reinstate caps that saved property taxpayers almost $600 million from 2011 to 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

The interest arbitration cap limits to two-percent annually the salary increases that can be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration.

“One of the biggest mistakes made by the Legislature in recent memory was allowing the arbitration cap to expire at the end of 2017,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “If we don’t act quickly to reinstate the arbitration cap we’ll quickly see arbitration awards that exceed the 2% tax cap and the beginning of the evisceration of that essential property tax control. As the noose tightens, we’ll see labor costs skyrocket over time and eat up local budgets at the expense of other important programs and services. That would likely lead to the failure of New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap. Let me be clear, any legislator who doesn’t back this bill is standing for higher property taxes. One cannot legitimately say he or she backs property tax caps without embracing this bill.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Join Legislative Effort to Stop Offshore Drilling in State Waters

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Want NJ to Receive Same Exemption as Florida

Coastal legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have requested to join as cosponsors on companion legislation A-839 and S-258 which would prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in State waters. The measure would also prohibit the leasing of tidal or submerged lands in State waters for the purposes of oil or natural gas exploration, development, or production.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove are joining as co-sponsors of legislation which would prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in New Jersey waters. (Flickr)

The companion measures were introduced by Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak of the 1st Legislative District.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks regarding their sponsorship action:

“As coastal legislators, our delegation has a longstanding record of vehemently opposing offshore drilling off our state’s coast.  Safeguarding our state’s environment and economic viability should be the priority – not lining the pockets of corporate executives.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation Helping Low-Income Families Pay for Energy Bills Passes Committee

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Would Allow New Jerseyans to Donate to NJ SHARES Through Tax Returns

Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation helping families who have fallen on hard times to pay for their energy bills has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. The measure allows New Jersey taxpayers to make a donation to those facing financial hardship, assisting them in paying their gas and/or electric bills.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would help families who have fallen on hard times to pay their energy bills. (©iStock)

“This year’s brutal winter highlights the importance of helping families to keep their heat on,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset). “A basic necessity is being able to keep warm on frigid nights, especially for children and seniors who are most vulnerable. My legislation gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to donate to households in need, helping families to stay warm and safe in their homes.”
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Senator Steve Oroho

ADVANCED: Oroho Incentivizes a New Generation of Farmers

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) providing gross income tax and corporation business tax credits to individuals leasing agricultural land to beginning farmers has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Oroho legislation protects local farmland and would support a new generation of New Jersey farmers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A new generation of farmers will be required to deliver food to the tables of New Jersey’s families,” said Oroho. “Economic activity in the agricultural community depends on new farmers entering into the industry. By encouraging landowners to lease to aspiring farmers we can continue to sustain New Jersey’s strong agriculture industry.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean to Murphy: Nothing Is Free, Including “Free” Community College

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s push today for “free” community college:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s push for “free” community college by saying “nothing is free.” (Flickr)

“The offer of ‘free community college’ sounds great, but nothing is free. At a time when the State is already struggling to fund our schools, the additional cost to already overburdened New Jersey taxpayers would be immense.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling for Oil & Gas Approved by Environment Committee

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Says Drilling Accidents & Oil Spills Would Put Jersey Shore at Risk

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) opposing a federal plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas along the Atlantic Coast was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Bateman's Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling Set for Vote

There's no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state's $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk by drilling off our coast for more oil and gas that we don't need. #NoOffshoreDrilling

Posted by Kip Bateman on Monday, February 5, 2018

“The United States has a glut of oil and natural gas that continues to grow without drilling along the Atlantic Coast,” said Bateman, a member of the Environment Committee. “There’s no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state’s $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk for more oil and gas that we don’t need.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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