Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) commended the inclusion of $200,000 in the approved FY 2015 New Jersey budget to protect and grow the state’s military installations in the likely event of another round of federal base realignments and closures.
“This was an extremely tough budget year, and some items in the budget that the Legislature approved were reduced or eliminated by Governor Christie using his line item veto power,” added Addiego. “The fact that this funding has remained in the budget should serve as proof to anyone watching that New Jersey will be prepared to fight for the future of our military bases.”
The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck re-establishing the moratorium on the imposition of fees on non-residential construction projects to support affordable housing projects for the period beginning with the moratorium’s prior expiration date of July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.
“This was essentially a tax on all non-residential development in New Jersey,” Beck explained. “Further, this fee voids all municipal ordinances that otherwise imposed development fees or payment in lieu fees on non-residential developers. I have opposed this 2.5% assessment on commercial development from day one — it deters new businesses from locating in New Jersey, which means it stops jobs creation.”
Senator Diane Allen is proud to announce that funding she fought for to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is included in the FY 2015 state budget.
“The Joint Base is critical to communities, families and businesses in the 7th District and surrounding counties in the state,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This funding is integral to making sure we do everything possible to keep the base open for our residents and thousands of our bravest men and women who sacrifice so much to protect us. As a longtime member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs, I’ve worked tirelessly with council members and the administration to get this appropriation.”
Last month, Senator Allen introduced a state budget resolution requesting an appropriation to protect the joint base, which is vulnerable to being realigned or closed by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
Senator Jennifer Beck applauded the funds allocated in the new state budget for domestic violence and sexual violence services. The 2015 budget provides $1.8 million for domestic violence services and an additional $400,000 for the direct services to victims of sexual violence.
“Over the past three years I have worked closely with the Christie administration to ensure these services were funded at the necessary levels,” said Beck. “In a year that every dollar was more important than ever, it is encouraging to see sexual violence services made a priority. I know these funds will go a long way in assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to enhance public safety and allow land preservation or development.
The Senate gave final legislative approval today to S-1560, to enhance the New Jersey State Police with military veterans. The bill now heads to Gov. Christie for consideration.
“The people of New Jersey can be better protected and served if the State Police has a clear path to hire more military veterans,” Bucco said. “With their vast and profound experiences in dangerous, life threatening and fast-paced environments, military veterans become some of the best law enforcement officers. Our heroes and heroines are just what the State Police needs right now to help address historic levels of turnover.”
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to create criteria to determine how state tax dollars are allotted to colleges and universities throughout New Jersey was advanced today by the full Senate.
“A Commission has long been needed to study and determine an accountable, consistent and equitable measure for how billions of dollars in public funding is annually provided to colleges and universities,” said Kean (R-Union). “New Jersey’s overtaxed residents cannot afford to pay for any arbitrary state spending. We need to continuously examine every dollar spent to ensure that taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”
The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The bill, S942, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.
“Many homeowners have already begun the process of elevating their homes to safeguard against future storms and many more will do so in the coming months and years,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “This type of work has never been done here at this scale before and we have to take steps to make sure there’s proper oversight and that the work is done safety and correctly.”
The Senate today adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards.
“The state’s alimony laws are out of touch with today’s society and unfairly overburden spouses with crippling lifetime awards,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “As both spouses often work in today’s family structure the courts should not be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”
The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
|A373||Sch bldg-equip w/emerg light panic alarm||2RS||6/23/2014|
|A1471||Co planning bds-absent memb, permit vote||2RS||6/26/2014|
|A1510||Vet-hiring preference w/St. police||PA||6/26/2014|
|A1794||Loc pub & co coll contract-concerns bids||2RS||6/26/2014|
|A1907||Statewide non-resid devel fee-moratorium||2RS||6/23/2014|
|A2025||Prof. svcs. during emerg.-grant immunity||2RS||6/23/2014|
|A2268||Trans Infrastructure Bank-estab.||PA||6/26/2014|
|A2479||Elevators, new bldgs.-certain size req.||2RS||6/26/2014|
|A2684||Menhaden Personal Use, Limited Sale Lic.||2RS||6/23/2014|
|A2921||Accountancy Act of 1997-revises||2RS||6/26/2014|
|A3081||Ed Reform Review Task Force-creates||2RS||6/16/2014|
|A3310||PERS TPAF PFRS SPRS-concerns contrib.||PA||6/26/2014|
|A3410||Mun Rehab/Econ Recovery Act-extend term||PA||6/26/2014|
|A3421||Self-Fd Multi Emp Welfare Reg Act-revise||PA||6/26/2014|
|S300||Out-of-Sch. Time Advisory Comm.-estab||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S307||Trans Infrastructure Bank-estab.||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S374||Worker’s comp. awards-concern atty. fees||2RS||6/19/2014|
|S387||Sch. bd. memb. candidates-petitions||2RSC||6/23/2014|
|S427||Explosives-auth. mun. to regulate use||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S582||Big Data Alliance-desig.||2RSC||6/16/2014|
|S731||Higher Ed. Funding Formula Comm.||2RS||5/5/2014|
|S942||Home elevation contractor-prov standards||2RSC||6/23/2014|
|S1011||St wide non-resid devel fees-moratorium||2RS||6/16/2014|
|S1048||Loc pub & co coll contract-concerns bids||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S1229||Vacant prop. in forclosure-maintain||2RSC||6/23/2014|
|S1349||Pub. util.-study street light outages||2RS||5/5/2014|
|S1436||Realty transfer transfer fees-exemp.||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S1440||Emp. discrimination, emp. status-proh.||2RSC||6/16/2014|
|S1560||Vet-hiring preference w/St. police||2RS||6/19/2014|
|S1689||Co planning bds-absent memb, permit vote||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S1844||Menhaden Personal Use, Limited Sale Lic.||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S1857||Steroid use among students-deters||2RS||6/9/2014|
|S2032||Computer sci course-req pub sch students||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S2037||Mun. emp., cert.-concerns max salary||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2091||Sch bldg-equip w/emerg light panic alarm||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S2115||Mosquito control reserve fd.-co. estab.||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2153||Elevators, new bldgs.-certain size req.||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2154||Ed Reform Review Task Force-creates||2RS||6/9/2014|
|S2163||Accountancy Act of 1997-revises||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2177||Mun Rehab/Econ Recovery Act-extend term||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2220||Self-Fd Multi Emp Welfare Reg Act-revise||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2235||Gift cards-elim consumer data collection||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S2246||Hackensack Meadowlands Trans Planning||2RS||6/23/2014|
|S2269||PERS TPAF PFRS SPRS-concerns contrib.||2RS||6/23/2014|
|SCR62||Econ Justice, Equal Emp Opportunity||2RSC||6/26/2014|
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that the Democrats’ elimination of funding in the FY 2015 New Jersey budget for payments approved through the state’s Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) would serve as a warning to employers who are considering whether the Garden State is a good place to do business.
“Many companies that signed deals with the state under BEIP are dependent on those funds to continue operating, and the state has a contractual obligation to make the payments,” said Beck. “With other states aggressively promoting lower taxes, better regulatory structures and their own incentive programs, how can New Jersey afford to break its word?”