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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) talked about open space preservation and transportation funding on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
Senator Robert Singer (R-30) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about a bipartisan effort to come to a compromise on how non-profit hospitals in New Jersey pay property taxes.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean discussed efforts to protect the 1.5 million New Jerseyans living in homeowners’ associations on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) discussed the recently enacted Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015 on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement in response to recent news reports surrounding the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s ongoing investigation of Matthew Clark, the Monmouth County Tax Administrator:
“In light of the fact the Prosecutor has an active and ongoing investigation into the Tax Administrator, steps must be taken to suspend him from his day-to-day duties until the Prosecutor’s investigation is complete. At present, our taxpayers have lost confidence in the Administrator and until he is either vindicated or indicted, Matthew Clark should step aside.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) said New Jersey’s addition of 15,200 private-sector jobs in October and an updated total of 24,100 new jobs in the past two months shows that Republican reforms are working and the state’s economic rebound would be enhanced with the advancement of more Senate Republican jobs policies.
“New Jersey is creating jobs at a fast pace under Governor Christie’s administration not seen in recent memory, thanks to ample reductions in red tape and our investments in real private sector job creation, workforce training and smart economic development,” said O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Our unemployment rate has fallen nearly a full point this year to 5.4 percent, and in the months ahead we’re on track to recover all of the 258,000 jobs lost under the previous administration. Indeed, this is a far cry from what happened under the previous governors where taxes and fees were raised 115 times while the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 9.8 percent.”
O’Toole emphasized, “Not counting Great Recession years, the 15,200 private-sector jobs we created in October alone are more than twice the 7,400 private-sector jobs created in former Gov. Jon Corzine’s best year and more than six times the 2,400 jobs created in Gov. Corzine’s second-best year.”
Citing the growing disparity in State school funding as one of the chief reasons for high property taxes, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove lambasted the enactment of legislation that provides an undisclosed amount of supplemental State aid to the Atlantic City School District.
The legislation, A-3983, narrowly passed both houses of the Legislature in June. Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove all opposed and voted against the bailout bill when it was presented on the floor of their respective Houses for final passage.
The following editorial by Senate Republican leader Tom Kean on the need to ensure the cost-share funding agreement to build the Gateway Tunnel remains on track and enact vigorous Port Authority reforms was published in the Star-Ledger on Nov. 19, 2015:
The federal government’s commitment to cover at least half of the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel project, as proposed by Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, is an extraordinary accomplishment for New Jersey and the linchpin to a project that is vitally important to the region’s and New Jersey’s economy.
With a fair funding agreement for a badly needed new Hudson rail tunnel in place, New Jersey commuters and taxpayers have a reason to celebrate and lawmakers here have an added incentive to enact languishing reforms.
Noting that some municipalities have resisted for years and sometimes decades efforts to account for increases in home prices that may affect their residents’ property tax obligations or reduce their share of state aid, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s announcement that it will conduct an investigation to determine whether to order revaluations in Jersey City, Dunellen and Elizabeth, followed by future investigations of additional municipalities.
“For years, I’ve worked to highlight the fact that some towns have massively gamed the system to shift their property tax burden to others and collect state aid they don’t deserve,” said Doherty. “Today’s announcement is recognition that they should no longer be given a free ride at everyone else’s expense.”
According to the Division of Taxation, it has determined that the municipalities targeted for investigation appear to be the most dramatically out of compliance with Constitutional and statutory provisions requiring fair and uniform property tax assessments.
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Bergen, Morris, Passaic) announced that his legislative office will be collecting Toys for Tots donations throughout the holiday season. All are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s District 26 office in Montville.
“The holiday season is a time for us to come together to support those in need, and teach our own children the value of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” Senator Pennacchio said. “It is truly a privilege to open our doors as a collection site for Toys for Tots, a wonderful organization that has given hope to millions of children. I urge my constituents to take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirt of generosity that this season inspires.”