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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Warns Democrats’ New Wage Mandates Will Lead to Layoffs and Automation

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Says Minimum Wage for Unemployed Workers Replaced by Robots or Kiosks is Zero

Senator Anthony Bucco said that a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats yesterday will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies. (Pixabay)

“As a small business owner, I understand how difficult it is to maintain employees’ jobs and benefits when we’re constantly faced with new taxes and expensive mandates from the State,” said Bucco (R-25). “I have no doubt that the huge costs being forced on employers by Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature will lead to reduced hours for workers, layoffs, and the faster adoption of automation technologies that are already leading to workforce reductions in many industries.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Cunningham Bill to Create Campus Sexual Assault Commission Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee .

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Sen. Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission cleared the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“College campuses should be nurturing and secure environments where students can grow and learn without fear,” said Senator Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “So many survivors have bravely come forward to share their stories. They deserve justice. By establishing a commission, we can develop real deterrents to combat the campus assault epidemic and keep generations of students safe from sexual violence.”
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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: NJ Transit Hiring Successes Due to Lifting Public Workers Residency Requirements

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More Proof We Should End Limitations Across State Government

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said New Jersey Transit’s recent hiring successes highlight how eliminating residency requirements could benefit all of State government:

Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean said NJ Transit’s recent hiring successes highlight how eliminating residency requirements could benefit all of State government. (SenateNJ.com)

“For years I have called for New Jersey to eliminate the rigid state residency mandates for public employment,” Kean said. “Those hiring limitations are a big part of the reason NJ Transit ended up so short staffed, leading to many cancelled trains and buses for commuters. I am pleased we succeeded in getting NJ Transit exempted from these requirements, which led to recent accomplishments in filling vacancies in their training programs.”
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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ Requiring Pharmacists to Educate Patients on Safe Drug Disposal Passes Committee

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Bill Named for NJ Man Who Lost His Life to Addiction

Senator Robert Singer’s (R-Monmouth and Ocean) bill requiring pharmacists to educate their patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired drugs and needles passed the Senate Health Committee. S-3240 would also require pharmacists to ensure patients can access drug deactivation products.

Senator Robert Singer’s (R-30) bill requiring pharmacists to educate their patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired drugs and needles passed the Senate Health Committee. (WikiMedia)

This legislation, “Charlie’s Law,” is named in memory of Charlie Van Tassel, a beloved son and brother who struggled and succumbed to his addiction at the age of 33. Charlie’s family remembers him as an athlete and family prankster who enjoyed music and dancing. He battled addiction for many years before his passing.
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District 9

Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Assist First-Time Home-Buying Veterans

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation (S-915) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans.

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that permits a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (WikiMedia)

The 9th District legislators made the following remark upon the advancement of their veterans’ initiative:
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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin: Murphy Ignoring Affordability Crisis to Focus on Voting Rights for Felons

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is doubling down on his efforts to enact a progressive social wish list, including restoring voting rights for convicted felons, while ignoring the basic affordability crisis that is driving law-abiding families from New Jersey.

Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin said Gov. Phil Murphy is focused on restoring voting rights for convicted felons while ignoring the basic affordability crisis that’s driving law-abiding families from New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“As a former county prosecutor, I believe that breaking the law should have consequences for criminals, including losing the right to vote, until their debt to society is paid in full,” said Holzapfel. “A felon should prove they are willing to comply with the law like everyone else before they are entrusted with an ability that can undermine our civil society. It’s shocking that Governor Murphy is focused on voting rights for felons when he has no plan to make life easier for the millions of New Jerseyans who play by the rules.”

Wolfe highlighted the continued flight from New Jersey and the Governor’s apparent blindness to the factors that are driving families and businesses to other states.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Rep. Steve King’s Comments Have No Place in the Halls of Government

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) released the following statement condemning comments made by Iowa’s Congressional Representative Steve King:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio condemned racist comments made by Iowa Rep. Steve King, stating that hate and bigotry have no place in the halls of government. (©iStock)

“Hate and bigotry have no place in the halls of government. I wholeheartedly condemn Representative Steve King’s anti-Semitic and racist remarks. White supremacy is an ugly stain on the cloth of American history. There is no defense that can wipe away that stain. Racism has been, and always will be, unacceptable.

“The people of Iowa and this nation deserve better from those we elect to sit in Congress. How can anyone with these views claim to be of the same party as President Lincoln? Rep. King’s comments are not representative of who we are as Republicans. We must continue to speak out against hate, and religious or racial intolerance, no matter which party the offender belongs to.”

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District 9

District 9 Lawmakers React to Gov’s 2019 State of the State

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: More Misguided Priorities, Spending & Taxes from Trenton

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove of the 9th Legislative District conveyed disappointment and concern with Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“After a year of tax increases, excessive government spending, and a crushing imbalance in school funding cuts that disparately hit our area of the state hard, it would seem that, without greater public backlash, 2019 is going to mean more of the same in Trenton.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Failed to Address “Path to Progress” Fiscal Reforms in State of the State

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) expressed disappointment that Governor Phil Murphy failed to address fiscal and structural reforms to lower the cost of government that were proposed by the Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup:

Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) expressed disappointment that Gov. Murphy failed to address government reforms that were proposed by the NJ Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup Path to Progress. (SenateNJ.com)

“If the Governor wants to know the real state of the state, all he needs to do is read our Path to Progress report that highlights the significant fiscal challenges that confront New Jersey.
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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Response to Murphy’s State of the State

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement following Governor Murphy’s State of the State address:

Sen. Tom Kean’s response to Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address. (SenateNJ.com)

“If you ask many New Jerseyans if they believe we have a state that is ‘stronger and fairer’ than a year ago, I think you’ll find the answer to be ‘no.’

“For the past year, Governor Murphy has ignored basic fiscal reforms that would lower the cost of government and make New Jersey more affordable for residents and taxpayers.

“It’s not surprising, but it is disappointing, that he failed to demand action on any of those reforms today, too. The result of this ongoing failure is repeated over and over in headlines that highlight the continued flight of residents and employers from New Jersey.

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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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