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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Protects State Funding for Healthcare, Services for NJ’s Most Vulnerable

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that the FY18 State Budget appropriations he secured will improve the quality of life for people in need of affordable healthcare and support services statewide.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 budget resolutions to provide funding to safeguard health services for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents (SenateNJ)

Senator Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure that the final fiscal plan included enough funding for the lifesaving nonprofits, medical centers, and state departments that are critical to safeguarding the health and welfare of families throughout New Jersey.

“I am particularly proud of the choices we made to improve and expand services for our most vulnerable residents,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Home healthcare aids work incredibly hard, but they are sorely underpaid. Most are only making $10 an hour. This budget provides funding for wage increases, which will undoubtedly improve the quality of care provided to more than 30,000 seniors and disabled residents statewide.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Statement on Ending of State Shutdown and Horizon Raid Showdown

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Echoing the equivalent level of frustration expressed by their constituents, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove offered the following remarks upon the end of the state government shutdown over the July 4th holiday:

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove echoed the frustration of their constituents over the state government shutdown that lasted until the July 4th holiday. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that the state government shutdown has ended and the question remains: How was this ever allowed to happen?

“Like many of our constituents, we are still confounded as to why Trenton power brokers were fixated on raiding Horizon’s surplus funds not for the benefit of ratepayers but to fill the state’s coffers. From the outset, our delegation opposed the Horizon raid which the Governor initially made a condition of agreeing to special spending projects, including school funding, in the State Budget. What does Horizon’s surplus level have to do with state school funding?

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Secures Funding Within FY18 Budget for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget includes his resolution appropriating funds for weed harvesting to protect and maintain Lake Hopatcong – New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake.

Sen. Anthony Bucco has secured funding within the FY18 State Budget for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong. The Senator has long advocated for increasing aid to protect and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

“I have fought for years to secure a funding within the State budget to protect Lake Hopatcong,” Senator Bucco said. “As any homeowner will tell you, weed growth is not only out of control, it gets worse every year. Local taxpayers should not have to pay out of their own pocket to maintain a state-owned lake. Now, we may finally have the financial resources to ensure boaters and swimmers can safely navigate the lake for years to come.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Sends NJ Library Construction Bond Act to Governor’s Desk

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The “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act,” sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, has passed the State Senate and how heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s NJ Library Construction Bond Act would give voters the ability to approve funds for the repair, construction or expansion of local libraries. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

“Public libraries bridge the digital divide, by providing internet access, computer classes and job training for people of all ages and economic backgrounds,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “They can’t continue to offer these services without funding for upgrades. It’s been 15 years since the last bond act. We can jump-start the economy and quickly create hundreds of construction jobs if we give voters the OK to join the fight to keep libraries alive.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Votes Against Budget Cutting $1 Million of Local School Aid

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Successfully Fights to Restore $2.3 Million of Cuts, Says Final Deal Still Not Good Enough

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted against the FY18 New Jersey state budget citing more than $1 million of local school aid cuts that remain in the new budget that has been passed by the Legislature.

Sen. Steven Oroho voted against the FY18 New Jersey state budget citing more than $1 million of local school aid cuts that remain in the new budget that has been passed by the Legislature. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our local schools were facing more than $3.3 million in lost state aid under the proposal originally put forward by Democrats,” said Oroho. “While I successfully fought to restore $2.3 million of funding that was cut, I’m still not satisfied with the $1 million that our schools will still lose under the final plan. I don’t believe these cuts were done fairly, so I voted ‘no’ on the state budget.”

Click here to view school aid numbers and changes under the various proposals and final approved state budget.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Democrats’ State Shutdown Causes Pain for New Jersey

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People of New Jersey Deserve Better

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that the third day of the State shutdown caused by New Jersey Democrats has brought more pain for residents of the Garden State.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that the third day of the State shutdown caused by New Jersey Democrats has brought more pain for residents of the Garden State. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve heard sad stories of young people unable to take their driver’s tests, Boy Scouts kicked out of campgrounds, and families who have had vacations ruined due to the closure of State parks and beaches,” said Pennacchio. “This is the result of continued mismanagement by Democrats who have controlled the New Jersey Legislature for the past 15 years. New Jersey deserves better.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Passed: Oroho Bill to Help Volunteer First Responders

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to identify ways to help retain and recruit volunteer first responders was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill to help New Jersey’s volunteer first responders was passed by the Senate. (RTFD/Facebook)

“New Jersey would not be able to get the fire and EMS coverage it needs without the dedicated efforts of its volunteer first responders,” Senator Oroho said. “These individuals put their lives on the line and rush out at the drop of a hat all because of a love of community and a desire to protect their family, friends and neighbors. We must do everything we can to ensure these invaluable institutions and the services they provide don’t disappear.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Joins Oroho to Urge Congress to Up Impact Aid for School Districts

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steven Oroho’s resolution urging the President and Congress to increase funding for the Federal Impact Aid Program, which provides school districts with additional funding to offset the loss of property tax revenue due to the presence of federally-owned land within the district.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s resolution urges the President and Congress to increase Federal Impact Aid for school districts that include federal lands. (Flickr)

The budget proposal currently before Congress would eliminate or reduce programs that “do not address national needs,” including federal impact aid.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Stands Firm in Opposition to Horizon Bill

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) voted against the Horizon bill and will continue to oppose it in its current form, saying she will continue to stand up for all ratepayers, including the 30,000 small businesses in New Jersey who provide this insurance to nearly a quarter-million employees.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against the Horizon bill and will continue to oppose it in its current form, saying she will continue to stand up for all ratepayers. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck voted against S-4 yesterday on the Senate floor and was the only member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to vote “no” when it was heard Monday in the committee.

“Any Horizon policy holder that has overpaid in premiums should get that money back. It is unconscionable for the State to swoop in and take their hard-earned dollars and put it into a slush fund for pet projects.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Budget Stalemate a Sign of Democrats’ Dysfunction

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a budget impasse that may result in a State shutdown at midnight tonight is the result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats who control both houses of the New Jersey Legislature:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that the budget impasse is a result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats have controlled the New Jersey Legislature for the past 15 years, and this budget stalemate merely continues a long trend of fiscal mismanagement while they have been in control.

“Just like the last time a disagreement among Democrats resulted in a government shutdown, the current threat of a shutdown is driven by the majority party’s inability to effectively work together to govern.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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