Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced legislation to bring world-class entertainment to New Jersey by helping Atlantic City and its casinos, which have shut doors, cut thousands of jobs and, according to new data, lost nearly half of their revenues over the past eight years.
“We need to focus on ideas that can help Atlantic City along with the entire state,” Kean said. “We can positively change Atlantic City’s image to be more attractive, widely accessible and entertainment-based, while enhancing job and economic growth opportunities at and around entertainment venues across New Jersey.”
Holzapfel and McGuckin Introduce Bill Reducing Wages for Civilly Committed Sexually Violent Predators
Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District have introduced legislation, S-2697/A-4095, which would require civilly committed sexually violent predators to be paid the same rate as state inmates for work performed while in custody to provide savings for taxpayers.
“Inmates confined in New Jersey prisons are paid substantially less than minimum wage for work they perform,” said Holzapfel. “The reduced rate we pay to inmates reflects the belief that the work they perform offsets the cost to taxpayers for their confinement. The same should be true for violent sexual predators who remain in state custody.”
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco introduced legislation to help address exactly why employers leave New Jersey, in the aftermath of the Mercedes-Benz’s impending move of 1,000 jobs to Georgia.
“Legislators and governors hear anecdotes as to why employers leave our state, and as a small business owner, I have considered leaving this state due to the high costs and oppressive regulations,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “But too often companies leave this state or shut their doors or lay people off without a full and detailed understanding as to all the reasons why. This legislation will provide state leaders with the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss here and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) issued the following statements on Gov. Christie’s State of the State address:
Addiego: “For five years, Gov. Christie has dedicated his efforts to make New Jersey affordable and to provide opportunity for the families who live here. Working together, we have reduced annual discretionary spending by $2.5 billion since 2008, and the jobless rate has sunk to its lowest level since 2008.”
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow hunting of game animals on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.
“I’ve heard from many constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays, to support their families, and they’re looking for a way to hunt here on their day off,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey’s Sunday hunting ban prevents a lot of hard-working people from being able to hunt or forces them on their day off to travel to other states to hunt and otherwise spend their money.”
The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
“Sticking true to his kind and humble nature, Senator Littell served with integrity and passion, working tirelessly for Sussex County and residents across the state during his decades in office,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Senator Littell has left a lasting legacy in Sussex County, impacting the lives of many of those that he served. Designating Route 15 in his honor is a permanent and visible way to recognize his lifetime of service and dedication to the families and communities of this county.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement regarding the public hearing on the Port Ambrose LNG facility held at the Eatontown Sheraton on January 8, 2015:
“The Port Ambrose LNG is a project that could have a devastating impact for our ocean, beaches, and coastal communities. This project has no benefit for the State of New Jersey. Following Superstorm Sandy, our focus has been to promote the recovery efforts of the region, not needlessly inviting additional problems that can delay or impede the recovery process of the area.
Bridge to Be Named the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge”
Legislation designating the State Highway Route 35 bridge between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at the American Legion in Brick Township.
The bill, S-1027/A-3758, is sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces.
In response to the proposed construction of the Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off of New Jersey’s coastline, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have called upon federal regulative authorities to reject the proposal in light of public safety as well as environmental and economic concerns that have been consistently raised.
For entry into the official public record of testimony, the 9th District legislators recently wrote the following letter to ranking officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:
Following the most-recent news of a major New Jersey employer reportedly going to move its operations and employees to a more affordable, business-friendly state, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio unveiled several new bills to lower excessive costs for businesses and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.
“Today we read of yet another company that could take 1,000 hard working employees and families to a state where it reportedly costs as much as 20 percent less to do business,” said Pennacchio. “We know from talking with employers that we have to take feasible steps to address the high energy costs and overall cost of doing business in New Jersey that puts companies here at a steep disadvantage and makes it much more difficult to add jobs. We also need a fuller understanding of how New Jersey’s tax policies and incentive programs stack up to those in other states.”