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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Republicans Have Been Only Consistent Voice in Legislature for Lowering New Jersey Taxes

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Says Waxing and Waning by Democrats on Billions in Taxes Is Driving Families & Employers from New Jersey

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said he wasn’t surprised that Senate President Stephen Sweeney is now backing off a massive business tax increase that he had proposed just weeks ago.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Senate President’s “haphazard approach” to tax policy is driving families and employers from New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The only thing that’s consistent about the Senate President’s approach to addressing New Jersey’s high tax burden is his inconsistency,” said Kean. “He pushed for raising income taxes for years, which we forcefully opposed, but suddenly changed his mind. He recently proposed hitting employers with the highest business taxes in the country, which we also opposed, and again he changed his mind just as abruptly. This constant uncertainty in future costs serves to drive families and employers from New Jersey, even if the harmful taxes are never actually implemented. New Jerseyans need more consistency from their leaders.”

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Senator Bob Singer

District 30 Bill to Create ‘Support Recovery’ License Plates Passes Committee

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NJ Nonprofit Inspires “P.I.C.K. Awareness Act,” to Create New License Plate Design & Combat Addiction Crisis

Legislation sponsored by District 30 lawmakers, Senator Robert Singer and Assemblyman Sean Kean, to authorize the issuance of “Support Recovery” license plates was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer and Asm. Sean Kean’s bill would establish the “P.I.C.K. Awareness Act” which would create “Support Recovery” license plates. (©iStock)

“Addiction does not discriminate. This is a disease that has affected seemingly countless New Jerseyans, regardless of their age, race, religion, or economic status,” Singer (R-30) said. “Giving drivers the ability to purchase a ‘Support Recovery’ license plate will help us fund lifesaving sober living facilities. By raising awareness, the plates will also help us educate local families about the dangers of substance abuse.”

“We are another step closer to creating ‘Support Recovery’ license plates,” Kean (R-30) said. “These license plates will not only provide funding for sober living programs, but will also serve as a sign that New Jerseyans are committed to fighting the opioid crisis.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Criticize Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants Access to State Student Financial Aid

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District 10 Legislators: Less Financial Aid Will Be Available for Students Who Follow the Rules

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman David Wolfe, and Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District criticized legislation approved by the New Jersey Senate that would allow undocumented immigrants access to college state financial aid programs.

Sen. James Holzapfel, Asm. David Wolfe, and Asm. Gregory McGuckin (R-10) criticized legislation approved by the NJ Senate that would allow undocumented immigrants to access college state financial aid programs. (©iStock)

“New Jersey is already one of 20 states that offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants,” Holzapfel said. “They’re already getting a big discount on their tuition bills at taxpayer expense. To provide additional financial aid to undocumented immigrants is neither economically feasible nor wise. The pot of money for these programs is only so big, so we should prioritize the limited aid available to college students who follow the rules.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Named ‘Champion of the Taxpayer’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) earned an “A+” rating and was named Champion of the Taxpayer by Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey in AFP’s Annual NJ Taxpayer Scorecard and during an awards ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton yesterday.   The award recognizes O’Scanlon’s fight for New Jersey taxpayers during the 2016-2017 Legislative Session, his final session in the State Assembly prior to his election to the Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) earned an “A+” rating and named Champion of the Taxpayers by American for Prosperity-New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

Seventeen lawmakers scored as a “Champion of the Taxpayer,” fourteen with an “A+” rating.  This award is given to lawmakers who acted in the best interest of their constituents by pursuing policies that advance economic freedom during the legislative session. In order to obtain the “Champion” designation, legislators must score 90% or higher on the group’s Taxpayer Scorecard.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

‘Tommy’s Law’ to Assist Victims of NJ Transit Accidents Passes Senate Committee

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Cardinale Bill Named in Memory of Man Struck by NJ Transit Train in Bergen County

The Senate Transportation Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) to establish “Tommy’s Law,’ which would require New Jersey Transit to provide a liaison for victims of NJ Transit train, light rail, and bus accidents.

Senator Cardinale’s “Tommy’s Law” provides a liaison for victims of NJ Transit accidents and their families. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Cardinale’s bill, S-862, is named for Thomas “Tommy” Ryan. In 2016, Ryan was tragically struck by an NJ Transit train at the Main Street Station in Ramey, Bergen County. “Tommy’s Law,” would designate the NJ Transit position of a liaison to provide victims and families with the support needed after an unexpected New Jersey train, light rail, or bus accident.

“Crisis counseling plays a critical role in how people cope with grief and trauma,” Cardinale said. “After the sudden loss of a family member, counseling can provide the support, stability, and resources families need to recover. We cannot erase their pain, but by passing ‘Tommy’s Law,’ we can provide families and survivors with the tools they need to navigate the aftermath of such a tragic event.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill Expands 6 Point ID Validation to Include First Responders Cards Passes

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill expands 6 point ID verification to include first responder cards. (Wikimedia)

“New Jersey’s 6 point ID Verification process is a powerful crime-fighting tool,” Pennacchio (R-26)  said. “It’s our first line of defense against identity theft, fraud, or even terrorism. We don’t have to sacrifice our strict security standards in order to make easier for people who spend their time-saving lives to visit their local MVC.”

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Senator Chris Brown

Brown Bill Promoting Local Wineries Passes Senate

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Brown: Growth of Vineyards and Winery Industry Will Benefit Local Economy

As part of his efforts to help diversify Atlantic County’s economy, Senator Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) announced that a bill to help Atlantic County vineyards and wineries has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Brown Announces Bill to Help Atlantic County Vineyards and Wineries (SenateNJ.com)

“The popularity of locally-grown and produced wines has boomed and we should keep the momentum moving forward,” Brown said. “Yet, the national and global market for wines remains competitive, so we need to give our local vintners an edge.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean Resolution Congratulating Israel on 70th Anniversary of Independence

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The New Jersey Senate has approved a joint resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s joint resolution (SJR-56) congratulates the State of Israel on 70 years of independence. Israel’s 70th anniversary will occur on April 20, 2018.  (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s trade partnership with Israel represents more than $1.6 billion. They have been our friends and allies for the better part of a century,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “The people of Israel are strong and resilient, but they need our continued support. This resolution represents our commitment to working with this great nation, as they strive to achieve peace with their neighbors in the Middle East and around the world.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Bill Eliminating Unfair Taxes on Manufacturers

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steve Oroho’s bill to protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers, which are principally made from recyclable materials.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would protect NJ box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s box manufacturers create good-paying jobs, not litter,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “They shouldn’t be punished because of an oversight in state tax law. I hope that cutting this red tape will keep these hardworking business owners from leaving our state.”

Senator Oroho drafted S-534 after a box maker in his district, Sutherland Packaging in Andover Township, reported being required to pay a user fee for manufacturing a “litter generating product,” despite the fact that corrugated containers are often recycled or made from recyclable materials.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado

Pennacchio & Corrado Bill to Combat Corruption Passes Senate

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Bill Aims to Stop Corruption on NJ State Investment Council In Wake of Pension Scandals

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Joe Pennacchio and Kristin Corrado to combat corruption on the State Investment Council, by forbidding members from voting on investments that present a financial or familial conflict of interest, has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Kristin Corrado’s bill would combat corruption on the State Investment Council, by forbidding members from voting on investments that present a financial or familial conflict of interest. The bill was introduced in response to scandals involving the council and the state pension system. (Pixabay)

“State Investment Council members should serve the people of New Jersey, not themselves,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “We cannot turn a blind eye to the despicable violations of public trust that have occurred in recent years. People who handle taxpayer dollars must be held accountable.”

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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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