Legislation Would Roll Back Recently Enacted 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Hike
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) will introduce legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Bateman, who opposed and voted against the gas tax increase, also announced the launch of a new online petition to give drivers and commuters impacted by the gas tax the opportunity to have their voices heard.
“While the Governor and the Democrat-led Legislature didn’t listen to the tens of thousands of New Jerseyans who spoke out against raising the gas tax, I listened and understand their concerns,” said Bateman. “The overtaxed people of New Jersey have demanded that we find another way to fund our transportation needs without taking more out of their pockets. This repeal effort is recognition that there are fiscally responsible alternatives to the gas tax.”
Legislation Will Support Property Tax Relief by Guaranteeing Exemption for Companies Under Contract with School Districts
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) announced today they will introduce legislation to exempt all buses carrying pupils to and from school or school-sponsored activities or events from payment of motor fuel taxes.
“Exempting private bus carriers under contract with school districts from paying motor fuel taxes closes a loophole in the existing law and will provide long-term property tax relief for residents in every county,” said Senator Oroho, who teamed up with Senator Sarlo to sponsor the recently passed Transportation Trust Fund legislation. “If private bus companies that carry commuters under contract with NJ Transit are exempt from motor fuel taxes, why should private bus companies under contract to carry schoolchildren be treated any differently?”
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) would be required to establish an income-based loan repayment option as well as a loan rehabilitation program under legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean.) The bill, S-2573, has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“Borrowers who are committed to rehabilitating a defaulted loan should have the opportunity to do so,” Senator Singer added. “That’s why the program established under this bill is so important. No one should be forced to declare bankruptcy at the age of 26 to regain some semblance of financial stability. Requiring HESAA to notify national credit bureaus once a loan has been rehabilitated will ensure the agency keeps its promise to those borrowers, too.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to ensure all disabled veterans receive property tax exemptions has cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill, S-934, is also sponsored by Senator Chris Connors (R-Ocean.)
“A disabled veteran should not be excluded from receiving benefits because of a technicality in the law that is completely unjust and should never have existed in the first place,” Senator Allen said. “It is essential that we close this loophole and ensure that all disabled veterans have access to the property tax exemption they earned in service to this country.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to give more rights to residents of common interest communities, like homeowner associations, was unanimously advanced by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee.
“Residents of these communities deserve to have a voice,” Senator O’Toole said. “Boards that are supposed to represent the interests of homeowners should be run by rules similar to those of an elected government.”
Expiration dates on driver’s licenses would be staggered based on individual birthdays rather than the standard last day of the month
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“Everyone knows frustrating it can be to spend time at the MVC on the last day of the month,” Senator Bucco said. “What we want to do with this is measure is take that busiest day and spread it out over the rest of the month.”
Urges passage of Ballot Question #1 to return gaming revenues to our State & support the equine industry
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, toured two Monmouth County horse farms with members of the media to raise awareness of the dire situation in the New Jersey equine industry and urge passage of this year’s gaming expansion ballot question. Beck and Perretti toured Hunter’s Run Farm in Wall Township, a thoroughbred farm and Boxwood Farm in Manalapan, a standardbred farm.
“There is only one bite of the apple to help secure a future for New Jersey’s equine industry: this year’s gaming referendum. Passage of this referendum is imperative for residents of Monmouth County. The negative TV ads that residents are seeing are being funded by Pennsylvania and New York casino interests to ensure that they can keep stealing New Jersey gaming revenues. The citizens of this State must know that passage of this referendum will result in $1 billion in new gaming revenue for the State and the creation of 43,000 jobs.” said Beck.
MEDIA ADVISORY (10/12) – Beck to Visit Horse Farms, Rally Support for Gaming Expansion Ballot Question
Senator Jennifer Beck will visit two local horse farms on Wednesday, October 12 as part of the effort to rally support for the gaming expansion ballot referendum.
Senator Beck will join farm owners to assess their status and needs as New Jersey’s horse farm community faces mounting pressure to sell their property to real estate developers. Gaming expansion is a critical need to support New Jersey’s equine industry, one of the largest sources of open space in Monmouth County.
Beck will visit Hunters Run Farm in Neptune and Boxwood Farms in Manalapan. She will be accompanied by Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, as the group works to preserve and protect the equine industry throughout the state.
Consistent with the principled position their delegation has maintained since day one, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted against increasing the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon.
Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature convened on Friday, October 7th at the State House in Trenton to vote on the gas tax proposal. While tax cuts were included in the proposal, the 9th District delegation voted ‘NO’ in representing the interests of the overwhelming majority of their constituents who supported reductions in government spending as a more effective alternative than increasing yet another tax.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement on the gas tax increase vote:
“The entire charade leading up to the gas tax increase has been a disgrace and an insult to the working class commuters who will be forced to bail out the state. For us, this scheme never passed the smell test. Regardless of the political pressure, we would never sell out our constituents and, accordingly, we didn’t hesitate to break with the Governor on this tax increase.
Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) issued the following statement on his vote against a gas tax increase:
“I strongly reject the premise that the legislation advanced today represents ‘tax fairness’ for all New Jersey families.
“That is certainly not the case for the tens of thousands of Ocean County commuters in my district who cannot afford to pay any more to live and work in this state.
“That’s why I chose to vote ‘NO’ today.