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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande Hosting Service Fair Tonight at Perry L. Drew School in East Windsor

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The 12th District Legislators are hosting a Service Fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this evening (Tues., Apr. 27) at the Perry L. Drew School in East Windsor.

“Events such as this are so important for people to be able to find the help they need,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, “especially during grim economic times. We are getting dozens of calls to our legislative offices every week from people who don’t know where to turn for assistance. By bringing all of these different resources together, we are able to offer our constituents an avenue to find the help they need.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Asks Senate President Sweeney to Post S-1854, UI Fund Reform Bill

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Legislation Will Prevent $1 Billion Tax Increase

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, asked Senate President Sweeney to post legislation, S-1854, which would reform the state UI Fund to prevent a $ 1 billion tax increase that will take effect July 1, 2010. The bill and the letter are attached.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Dems Not to Stifle Economic Recovery with Tax Increases

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Rutgers Economists Forecast Slow Economic Rebound

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) called on the Democrat leadership of the Senate and Assembly to abandon plans for higher taxes in response to an economic forecast presented by Rutgers economists at a conference yesterday. At the conference, Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, stated, “New Jersey is starting to turn around, but job growth will be very slow.”

“Democrat leaders seem intent on pushing forward with tax increases on business that will stop the emerging recovery dead in its tracks, ” said Oroho. “Governor Corzine and Democrats were wise to at least sunset the destructive tax surcharges they established last year. Reestablishing them now will stifle a recovery that has just begun.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Solar Energy Legislation Signed into Law by Gov. Christie

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Bill Will Help Promote Growth of Alternative Energy Production in New Jersey

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) that will make it easier for both homeowners and businesses to install clean-energy producing solar panels was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“Most people don’t realize that New Jersey is one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy producers in the country,” said Beck. “While there is a growing demand from homeowners, farmers and the business community to install solar panels on their properties, many have found a patchwork of conflicting laws and regulations that have prevented clean energy installations. This legislation removes a major obstacle that has prevented our state’s growth in solar energy.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: School Budget Votes Highlight Taxpayer Dissatisfaction with Taxes and Spending

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Municipal Governments Must Heed the Voters in Upcoming Negotiations

Senator Joseph Kyrillos issued the following comment today regarding the 100 percent failure rate of the school budgets in the 13th Legislative district:

“The voters spoke loud and clear yesterday voting down 100 percent of the school budgets in my district. This vote underscores the deep seated dissatisfaction concerning the level of spending and taxes in New Jersey.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Comments on School Election Results

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Reopening Negotiations Will Save Tax Dollars, Programs & Jobs

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following comments regarding the results of yesterday’s school board elections:

“The electorate has clearly spoken by defeating 54 percent of school budgets across the state. Union locals should rethink their positions and reopen negotiations in those districts where the budgets failed.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

12th District Legislators Call for NJSEA to Seek Proposals for Slot Machines and VLTs at Racetracks

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande call on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to seek proposals to place video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands, following a recent $600 million offer from a group of casino industry executives.

“This proposal to pay the SEA $600 million shows that placing VLTs or slots at racetracks could be very profitable for the State of New Jersey,” said Beck. “In the midst of our fiscal crisis in the State, an offer like this cannot necessarily be dismissed out of hand. However, an offer like this cannot also simply be accepted without an open bidding process. That is why I believe that the Authority should seek similar proposals so that it can determine which of these proposals are best for the State and New Jersey’s racing industry.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate GOP: It’s Refreshing to Hear of Responsible Spending

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Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Does Job Efficiently

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee commended the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today for operating efficiently.

It is refreshing to hear that this agency continues to be a responsible steward of public resources. It was made evident today that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs not only proudly represents the men and women who faithfully served our country, but also operates in an open and cost-effective manner.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: BLS Numbers Demonstrate Businesses Are Choosing Other States

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Troubling Numbers Demonstrate Need for UI Reform Now

Senator Joseph Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding job growth numbers released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Jen Beck’s Statement on the Passing of Joe Azzolina

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I am deeply saddened to learn that my friend and mentor Captain, Senator and Assemblyman Joe Azzolina passed away. He was like family to me and I know he had a great love of New Jersey and its citizens. Joe’s extraordinary generosity and kindness to those in need is legendary. For more than 40 years he dedicated his energy, his intellect and his spirit to serving the people of this State and nation.

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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

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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