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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Introduces Interest Arbitration Legislation to Reinstate Expired Cap

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Interest Arbitration Cap Saved Property Taxpayers Almost $600 million in Direct Costs and Billions Overall from 2011 to 2017

Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would reinstate one of the key tools that allowed New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap to successfully contain the growth of tax bills from 2011 to 2017.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced interest arbitration legislation to reinstate caps that saved property taxpayers almost $600 million from 2011 to 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

The interest arbitration cap limits to two-percent annually the salary increases that can be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration.

“One of the biggest mistakes made by the Legislature in recent memory was allowing the arbitration cap to expire at the end of 2017,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “If we don’t act quickly to reinstate the arbitration cap we’ll quickly see arbitration awards that exceed the 2% tax cap and the beginning of the evisceration of that essential property tax control. As the noose tightens, we’ll see labor costs skyrocket over time and eat up local budgets at the expense of other important programs and services. That would likely lead to the failure of New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap. Let me be clear, any legislator who doesn’t back this bill is standing for higher property taxes. One cannot legitimately say he or she backs property tax caps without embracing this bill.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Supports Counties & Municipalities in Call for Permanent Interest Arbitration Cap

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Says Cap Critical to Limiting Property Tax Increases

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued a statement in support of the efforts of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and New Jersey Association of Counties to make permanent the state’s cap on interest arbitration awards.

Sen. Mike Doherty expressed support for the efforts of the New Jersey’s counties and municipalities to make permanent the state’s cap on interest arbitration awards. (SenateNJ.com)

“The elected officials who manage our towns and counties on a daily basis have told us that it’s a certainty that property taxes will rise or services will be cut if the interest arbitration cap is allowed to expire,” said Doherty. “This cap is the primary reason that property tax growth has slowed over the last eight years from the runaway increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

Doherty was a prime sponsor of legislation (S-5) enacted in 2010 that limits the salary increases that may be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration to two percent.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Will Bring Global Market to NJ, Streamline International Arbitration

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bipartisan bill to simplify the international arbitration process for businesses that choose to set up shop in New Jersey.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill would streamline the international arbitration process, encouraging international businesses to set up shop in New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“Companies that engage in global trade are searching for states with laws that allow them to pursue simpler, less expensive ways to resolve international disputes,” Senator Kean (R-Union) said. “Right now, only a handful of U.S. states have laws that facilitate a streamlined arbitration process. Enacting this law will establish New Jersey as a premier destination for international businesses and corporations who have the capacity to create thousands of in-state jobs.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Passage of New Arbitration Award Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Senate’s approval of new legislation, A-3424, capping the annual salary increases that may be awarded by arbitrators during contract disputes between public employers and their police and fire departments.

“Arbitration caps limiting salary increases are a critical element that make possible New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap, which has succeeded in drastically lowering the rate of property tax increases in recent years,” said Doherty. “Without this agreement, we’d likely return to the massive annual property tax increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Failure to Extend Arbitration Cap Cripples Bipartisan Reforms to Curb Property Tax Growth

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) issued the following statement today after joining Governor Christie, state and local elected leaders in urging the Assembly Majority to take action on legislation extending the 2-percent interest arbitration award cap.

“The Senate Republican Caucus stands with Governor Christie in urging the passage of this bipartisan legislation to extend the 2-percent cap on arbitration awards. It’s no coincidence that under the cap, contracts and property taxes grew at the lowest levels in decades.

“Unfortunately, we now stand to lose the progress we have made. How can we expect municipalities to hold down costs if there’s no ability to control arbitration awards for police and fire salaries?

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty, Kyrillos Urge Assembly Action on Arbitration Cap

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Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.

“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”

“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Editorial: Time to Solve NJ’s Financial Crisis

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The following editorial by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) addressing the importance of bipartisanship and public employee benefit reforms in the fight to solve New Jersey’s financial crisis was published by The Asbury Park Press on August 22, 2018:

New Jersey is at a crossroads. The warnings and predictions some of us have made for years are coming to fruition.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon addresses the importance of bipartisanship and public employee benefit reforms in the fight to solve New Jersey’s financial crisis. His editorial on this topic was published by The Asbury Park Press on August 22, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

We are nearing the brink of fiscal insolvency and if we do not act immediately to address this crisis, every family, every business owner, every public worker and every taxpayer in New Jersey will suffer the consequences. Taxes will skyrocket, services will be slashed and our pension system will be in shambles. Everyone has a stake in this fight for fiscal survival.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale’s Floor Speech on Unintended Consequences of Out-of-Network Bill

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) delivered the following remarks on April 12, 2018, regarding S-485/A-2039, the Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act:

Sen. Gerry Cardinale delivered remarks on the unintended consequences of the out-of-network bill. (©iStock.com)

“My compliments to the sponsor for recognizing the problem of out surprise changes that affect too many folks who come into contact with the maze of circumstances surrounding modern day health care.

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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 Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Murphy Budget and Tax Increase Proposals

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s Budget Message today:

“Democrats are going full speed ahead with a massive $2.7 billion spending hike, an increase of nearly 8 percent. It’s irresponsible and it represents a bad value for taxpayers.

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Governor Murphy’s proposal to increase the state budget by $2.7 billion and increase taxes on individuals and businesses. (Pixabay)

“Proposing to increase income taxes by nearly $800 million will only drive more employers from the state. Further, the Governor says raising taxes on businesses by $110 million will increase ‘the attractiveness of New Jersey as a location for investment and employment.’ He must be kidding to suggest that will help us to lure major employers like Amazon to New Jersey.

“While Democrats want to say they are only increasing taxes on millionaires and corporations, the Governor’s proposed $546 million sales tax increase would hurt all New Jerseyans. It’s beyond callous to say that New Jerseyans will not feel the impact of this change.

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