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Senator Bucco Resolves Over 1,000 Unemployment Cases for Constituents – and Counting

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco announced that his office has now assisted 1,034 constituents with unemployment claims, and counting, since the pandemic’s start on March 15th.

Senator Bucco is reminding residents not to give up if they are having problems getting unemployment, and said his office has assisted more than 1,000 people who are now receiving benefits. (Flickr)

“In this unprecedented and historic time, I’ve made it a priority to do everything that I can to help the taxpayers, families and seniors of my district survive financially from this horrific virus,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’ve heard so many frightening cases from every corner of the district – people struggling to make ends meet, choosing between groceries and their rent, waking up every morning to stress over when they’ll get a paycheck again. Countless news stories have documented the outdated and overrun unemployment claims system in Trenton that has made this process a nightmare for those looking to claim the benefits they’ve earned. The stories can be truly heartbreaking, and demonstrated in some cases the urgent need to get these claims resolved as quickly as possible.”

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Senate Republicans Call on Gov. Murphy & Senate President Scutari to Halt Implementation of New Sex Ed Curriculum Standards, Hold Public Hearings

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The Senate Republican leadership team called on Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Nicholas Scutari to halt the implementation of New Jersey’s controversial new sex education standards and to hold public hearings on curriculum changes to empower parents who feel ignored.

The Senate Republican leadership team called on Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Scutari to halt the implementation of New Jersey’s controversial new sex education standards, which would be taught to children as young as first and second grade. (©iStock)

The senators made the requests in separate letters to Murphy and Scutari as the public uproar continues to grow as more parents learn the extreme nature of the lessons that would be taught to children as young as first and second grade.

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Senator Jon Bramnick

Bramnick/Bucco Want to Know If Government Picks Up the Phone When People Call for Help

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Senator Jon Bramnick and Senator Anthony M. Bucco want to know if New Jerseyans can get anyone to pick up the phone when they call government agencies for help.

Sen. Jon Bramnick and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco want to know if New Jerseyans can get anyone to pick up the phone when they call government agencies for help. (©iStock)

“It’s time that we have a Consumer Czar to call government entities at the State, county, and local levels to determine whether they respond,” said Bramnick (R-21). “The job of the czar is to let the Legislature know if you can get anyone to pick up the phone when you call for help.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Bucco & Testa Question NJ Labor Commissioner on Unemployment System Failures (Video)

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Michael Testa questioned New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo about unemployment system failures that have persisted since the start of the pandemic during a meeting of the Senate Labor Committee on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Included below are highlight videos from the hearing:

“The Commissioner of Labor finally appeared before the Senate Labor Committee to discuss two years of unemployment system failures,” said Bucco (R-25). “Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee took him to task for his department being unresponsive and unhelpful to legislators and constituents in desperate need of help.”

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Bucco: Murphy Should Restore All Government Services & Staffing to Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s time for Governor Phil Murphy to restore all State government services and staffing to pre-pandemic levels.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said it’s time for Gov. Phil Murphy to restore all State government services and staffing to pre-pandemic levels. (Wikipedia)

“We’re still hearing from constituents who are having trouble with MVC and unemployment issues, and they’re going to agency offices where they’re denied help or told to go somewhere else,” said Bucco (R-25). “With the rest of New Jersey getting back to normal, there’s no excuse for State employees to still be working from home or for a full range of services not to be offered at every location.”

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Bucco: Despite Murphy’s Denials, Administration CTO Confirms Unemployment & MVC Computer System Upgrades Are “Critical Needs”

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While Unemployment Claims Go Unpaid and Drivers Can’t Get Licenses, Murphy Says Fixing the Systems a “Waste” of Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are “top tier IT critical needs” that must be addressed.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are ‘top tier IT critical needs’ that must be addressed. (Pixabay)

“Despite Governor Murphy’s continued refusal to replace the State’s ancient computer systems, his administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that modernization programs are critical needs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It looks like Governor Murphy might be the only person left in New Jersey who thinks our broken unemployment and MVC systems are working just fine. He clearly hasn’t talked to the thousands of New Jerseyans who are going in circles on the unemployment website trying to get their claims approved, or to drivers who can’t schedule appointments online to get their licenses. We hear these complaints repeated by frustrated New Jerseyans every single day.”

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Bucco Fighting for Constituent Who is Paying for Labor Department Mistake

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Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s district office staff has assisted thousands of constituents struggling to receive unemployment benefits. One particularly troubling case, however, has occupied and frustrated the Senator and his team since June.

A resident from his district who must repay more money to the Department of Labor than she received is one many months-old constituent cases that have frustrated Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and his staff. (SenateNJ.com)

A Morristown resident and employee at a state university was one of thousands of state workers subject to one-week furloughs during the pandemic and eligible for unemployment compensation for the time off.

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Senators Bucco & Oroho React to Murphy’s Surprise Payroll Tax Increase

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Steve Oroho issued statements responding to the Murphy Administration’s devastating tax increase on state employers:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Steve Oroho blasted the Murphy Administration for a massive increase in the payroll tax on employers already struggling from the impact of the pandemic and lockdown. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Bucco: “After promising no new tax increases this year and watching other states use federal funds to avert massive tax increases on struggling employers, the Governor put through a stealth tax increase at the close of business on a hot Summer Friday.  He didn’t want anybody to notice a destructive increase that will hit hard in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

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Bucco’s Letter to Labor Commissioner Seeking Solution to Unemployment Frustrations Yields No Response

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Says Hundreds of People in District Are Still Being Denied Benefits They Deserve

Exasperated by almost-constant pleas from constituents who are unable to get help with unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor, Senator Anthony M. Bucco last week wrote to Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo seeking a solution.

Too many New Jersey residents still can’t get the help they need from unemployment, but Senator Bucco’s letter seeking assistance from the labor commissioner went unanswered. (SenateNJ.com)

In his letter dated August 2, Bucco requested “a meeting at my legislative office with you and any other member of your staff to review the current process and develop a procedure so that we can quickly and effectively resolve these outstanding unemployment issues that my constituents continue to endure.”

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Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the Democratic budget proposal approved by the Senate represents missed opportunities for New Jerseyans:

Sen. Tony Bucco speaking during the Senate floor debate on the FY 2022 State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“With more than $46 billion to spend, we can all find some good things in the budget. The problem, however, is with what’s not in the budget.

“There’s no meaningful long-term tax relief for our residents who face the highest property taxes in the nation.

“There’s no meaningful investment to revitalize our economy. Those aren’t my words, they are the words of the head of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.

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District 24 - Republican Leader

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