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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

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 Countless news stories have documented the outdated and overrun unemployment claims system in Trenton that has made this process a nightmare for those looking to claim the benefits they’ve earned.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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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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Senator Steve Oroho

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.”

Senator Oroho: “New Jersey has a 7.3 percent unemployment rate, and this unnecessary tax increase on employers will kill more jobs. This was avoidable by using federal funds from the American Recovery Plan. We should have used COVID relief money that the state already has in its possession instead of adding burdens to job creators.  Even while he is vacationing in Italy, the Governor is showing no respect for the employers crushed by his excessing closures.”

The $250 million payroll tax increase on businesses and some nonprofits and local governments was coyly unveiled with a vague update on the labor department’s web site. CLICK HERE to view.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

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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Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Invest in Fixing Broken Unemployment & MVC Computer Systems While State Has the Money

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) transactions.

Sen. Tony Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission transactions. (Pixabay)

“The State is awash in cash like never before and we have a clear memory of the unemployment system failures and long lines at the MVC that plagued New Jerseyans during the pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “There will never be a better time than right now to invest in a technology modernization program to address these significant challenges. If we continue to kick the can down the road, the money will disappear and people will forget until the next emergency reminds us that these systems are still broken.”

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Bucco: Is Science on Masks Somehow Different for State Employees?

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Questions If Murphy Is Maintaining More Stringent Measures for Government Offices as Excuse to Keep Walk-in Unemployment Centers Closed

Senator Anthony M. Bucco asked why State government workers have been excluded from updated rules announced by Governor Phil Murphy today that will allow vaccinated employees to unmask in most workplaces.

Sen. Tony Bucco asked why State government workers have been excluded from updated rules announced by Gov. Phil Murphy that will allow vaccinated employees to unmask in most workplaces. (SenateNJ.com)

“Is the science somehow different for State employees?” asked Bucco (R-25). “If the vaccine works, government workers should have the same protections as everyone else. You have to wonder if keeping more stringent measures for State offices is simply an excuse for Governor Murphy to keep walk-in unemployment centers closed or limit customer volume at the MVC.”

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Bucco: State’s Critical IT Infrastructure Must Be Fixed with Federal Relief Funds

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​Says the Clock Is Ticking Now that Governor Murphy Has the Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said a modernization of the State’s unemployment and motor vehicle computers systems must be undertaken with new federal relief funds received by New Jersey.

Sen. Tony Bucco said a modernization of the State’s unemployment and motor vehicle computers systems must be undertaken with new federal relief funds received by New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“The people of New Jersey suffered during the pandemic because our computer systems are woefully antiquated,” said Bucco (R-25). “The technology infrastructure that processes unemployment claims and MVC transactions proved to be inflexible and overwhelmed when people needed it to work. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy refused our calls to invest in these systems when he had billions of CARES Act relief funds at his disposal. We can’t afford to let the governor repeat his mistake with new federal aid just sent to New Jersey.”

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Bucco: Murphy’s Mismanagement of Unemployment System Hurting Workers, Businesses & NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Unemployed Workers Who Need Benefits Still Not Getting Paid, While Freeloaders Refuse to Work Impeding NJ’s Economic Recovery

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting both workers and businesses that are struggling to recover.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting workers, businesses, and New Jersey’s economic recovery. (Pixabay)

“We have this perverse situation where unemployed workers with families still can’t get their benefits approved by the Murphy administration, while freeloaders who could go back to work continue to get checks they no longer deserve,” said Bucco (R-25). “I still have constituents who have been waiting months for their claims to be approved, and I have a growing number of businesses telling me that workers would rather stay on unemployment than return to work. On both sides of the equation, the Murphy administration is at fault.”

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