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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Helping Seniors Collect Timely Reimbursement from Retirement Communities Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“In their twilight years, older New Jerseyans should be concerned with being comfortable and cared for, not caught up in a financial tug-of-war with their retirement community,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Often entrance fees are hundreds of thousands of dollars, with seniors guaranteed a reimbursement when they leave the facility or pass on. Yet we’ve seen many instances when seniors and their families have to wait years for their money to arrive back. Ensuring our seniors and their estate receive timely refunds within a year of vacancy is only fair and common sense.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Senate

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ)

“Accountability is paramount when law enforcement agencies seize assets from people, including homes and cars, which may have been utilized in illegal activity,” O’Scanlon (R-13) said. “We need to balance efforts to remove instruments employed in criminal activity with the property rights of owners. It can be extremely difficult for the owner to regain possession of a seized asset, even if no wrongdoing has been proven. Requiring the regular reporting of seized assets will improve transparency to ensure that the process of asset forfeiture isn’t abused.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Statement from Senate Republican Caucus on State Budget

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The fifteen members of the Senate Republican caucus issued the following joint statement this morning:

Statement from the Senate Republican caucus on the State budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“The failures of the Governor and Democratic majorities in both houses of the Legislature have brought us back to Trenton after our constitutional deadline to approve a balanced budget has passed.

“To be clear, these are failures of Democrats alone.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Bob Singer
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Call for Structural Budget Reforms

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Senate Republicans sent a letter today to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin calling for structural budget reforms.

Senate Republicans sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin calling for structural budget reforms. (SenateNJ.com)

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say Shutdown Would Cost Monmouth County Millions

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) called on Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leadership to reach a budget agreement, saying a State government shutdown could put at risk a $125 million infusion of tourism dollars into Monmouth County over the 4th of July holiday.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso called on Gov. Murphy and legislative leadership to reach a budget agreement, saying a State shutdown could hurt Monmouth County’s tourism economy over the important 4th of July holiday. (Bing Maps)

“Not only would a shutdown of the State severely inconvenience our residents, it could cost our tourism industry and businesses millions of dollars,” said O’Scanlon. “Tourism is critical to our economy here in Monmouth County, and most of our tourism revenue comes from three big holidays — Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. We can’t afford to let a government shutdown put that at risk.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon to Introduce Bills to Keep Traffic Moving, Protect Economy in Event of State Government Shutdown

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Measures Would Allow Racetracks to Operate & Road Construction Projects to Continue

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) will introduce a pair of bills to keep traffic moving and protect the New Jersey economy from harm in the event of a State government shutdown.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon will introduce a pair of bills to keep traffic moving and protect the New Jersey economy in the event of a State government shutdown. (Pixabay)

“Traffic across most of New Jersey is bad enough without forcing work crews to abandon road construction projects while Trenton Democrats debate competing tax increase proposals,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Ensuring that road repairs can be completed and lanes reopened quickly is not just a matter of convenience, it’s also important for public safety.”

In the event of a shutdown, the legislation requires safety inspections of existing transportation infrastructure and newly constructed transportation infrastructure that are funded by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority to continue to be funded.

“The construction workers are private contractors, so they have no issue staying on site and moving projects forward. Also, the cost of demobilizing is a significant expense,” said O’Scanlon. “To force that expense for a shutdown of a few days or weeks would only add to the costs of these projects. I’m glad to join Assembly Republican Leader Bramnick in this effort.”

The legislation directs that all State employees that have been designated as necessary to conduct safety inspections are to be considered essential personnel.

Similarly, the second bill proposed by O’Scanlon would ensure that State gaming regulators could stay on the job at racetracks in the event of a shutdown.

“The Attorney General has indicated that all racetracks in New Jersey would be forced to close if the State shuts down on July 1st,” said O’Scanlon. “That closure would impact the new sports betting lounge that finally opened at Monmouth Park this month after long delays, right before the extremely important 4th of July weekend. It’s insane that we would allow harm to our local economy by closing facilities like Monmouth Park, which also generate substantial tax revenues in support of the State budget under debate.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls for Action on Legislation to Keep State Parks Open During Government Shutdowns

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) called for the New Jersey Legislature to approve a measure that would allow State parks and beaches to remain open temporarily in the event of a State government shutdown.

Sen. Steven Oroho called for the N.J. Legislature to approve a bill allowing State parks and beaches to remain open temporarily in the event of a State government shutdown. (SenateNJ.com)

He said the timing of the June 30th deadline in the New Jersey Constitution for approving a new State budget creates an annual risk of a government shutdown, unnecessarily threatening the summer vacation and 4th of July plans of New Jerseyans each year.

“We had a State shutdown last year, and we’re at risk of another one this year as Democrats continue to fight over five different tax increases with our budget deadline just one day away,” said Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Families that have made the choice to spend their vacation or holiday weekend camping in a State park or visiting one of our State beaches shouldn’t have their plans ruined by the failure of Trenton politicians to pass a State budget.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Jersey Shore Is Taxed Enough

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized a budget proposal offered by Democrats to add a tax on seasonal rentals when shore communities are already being hit on multiple fronts in the various Democratic budget proposals this year.

O’Scanlon & DiMaso criticized a proposal by Democrats to add a tax on seasonal rentals when shore communities are already being hit on multiple fronts in Democratic budget proposals. (Pixabay)

“No one appears willing to have the truly difficult conversations about reforms that needed to happen months ago, ” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “We’ve been calling for cost-saving reforms for years. Instead what we are seeing is disagreements over how many taxes to raise. That isn’t the solution, and taxing seasonal rentals in our shore communities is certainly not the solution. Tourism accounts for one-in-ten jobs in the state. Small businesses along the coast are still struggling. Hindering their recovery with new taxes is irresponsible.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin: Tax Proposals by Bickering Trenton Democrats Growing by the Day

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) expressed concern that as Trenton Democrats continue to fight among themselves over the next State budget, more tax increase proposals are entering their discussions by the day.

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin expressed concerns that as Trenton Democrats continue to fight over the next State budget, more tax increase proposals are entering their discussions by the day. (©iStock)

“The initial debate among Democrats over Governor Murphy’s proposal to raise sales and income taxes grew to include an effort to raise taxes on our employers to the highest levels in the nation,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “Just yesterday, additional new tax increases on home sales and beach rentals entered the Democrats’ budget negotiations. Taxpayers can only hope that bickering Trenton Democrats reach a budget agreement before they have a chance to add even more tax increases into the mix.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Murphy: Bag the Bag Tax

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Will Introduce Legislation to Repeal Democrats’ Grocery Bag Tax

Senator Joe Pennacchio called on Governor Phil Murphy to veto a grocery bag tax that was recently approved by Democrats in the New Jersey Legislature, saying he will introduce legislation to repeal the five-cent per bag tax if it is signed into law.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on Gov. Murphy to veto a grocery bag tax recently approved by Democrats, saying he will introduce legislation to repeal the tax if it is signed into law. (Pexels)

“Democrats will literally nickel and dime New Jerseyans through a new five-cent tax on each grocery bag you use,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This overtaxing of everything we do in New Jersey needs to stop. I’m calling on Governor Murphy to bag the bag tax. If he doesn’t do the right thing, I’ll fight to repeal the grocery bag tax to protect New Jersey’s overtaxed residents.”

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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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