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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the NJ Infrastructure Bank cleared the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” Bateman said. “In fact, the low interest loans authorized by this package of bills will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Creating EDA Program to Finance Renewable Energy Projects Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Batman that would require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish a C-PACE program to facilitate the financing of renewable energy projects was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Batman that would require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish a C-PACE program to facilitate the financing of renewable energy projects was approved by the NJ Senate. (Flickr)

“Throughout New Jersey, there are countless property owners who would like to embrace renewable energy but are unable to do so because of the upfront costs,” said Bateman (R-16). “My legislation will help eliminate these costs, and provide owners with flexible, long-term financing options. This will make switching to clean energy more accessible and affordable for all New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Budget is a Lost Opportunity that Fails Taxpayers

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Senator Steve Oroho, the Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement after the Senate passed a $46.4 billion budget with a vote along partisan lines:

Senator Steve Oroho voted against the Democrat’s $46.4 billion FY2022 budget and called it a missed opportunity that failed state taxpayers. (©iStock)

“This budget represents a wasted opportunity. There are too many things in this budget that we could have fixed already. That we should have fixed already.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Remarks During Senate Debate on State Budget

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) delivered the following remarks during the New Jersey Senate’s debate on the FY 2022 State Budget:

As a result of the many impacts of the pandemic over the past 15 months, there are a great many needs that this budget should address to help New Jersey recover and come back stronger.

Remarks from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean during the New Jersey Senate’s debate on the FY 2022 State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

We know of students who have experienced significant learning loss due to closed schools and the challenges of remote learning, yet hundreds of districts across the state are still set to have their funding cut under this spending plan.

We know of the unemployed workers who couldn’t get their claims approved and we remember the long lines that plagued drivers at the MVC.

And still, this budget includes very little of the funding that is needed to fix the old systems that are at the root of many of these problems.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Singer Introduce Legislation to Keep Peace in NJ Streets

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The Bill is Modeled After a Florida Bill Recently Signed Into Law by Gov. DeSantis

Less than 48 hours after a large party deteriorated into mayhem on Saturday night in Long Branch, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Robert Singer have introduced legislation that would strengthen laws preventing similar violent outbreaks.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Robert Singer introduced legislation strengthening laws preventing violent public outbreaks like the incident in Long Branch on June 19. (Flickr)

“What happened last weekend had nothing to do with partying and having a good time,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It was lawlessness, and there is no appetite for that kind of behavior in New Jersey. Our police and law enforcement deserve credit for ensuring things didn’t get even more dangerous, but the situation was extremely volatile and had the potential to get out of control.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Emphasizing NJ’s Clean Energy Goals Endorsed by Senate

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New Jersey has committed to ambitious energy goals under the 2019 Energy Master Plan, and the Senate today approved Senator Kip Bateman’s bill codifying those targets.

Sen. Kip Batemen’s legislation advanced by the Senate codifies New Jersey commitment to ambitious renewable energy goals to help the environment. (Pixabay)

“The numbers reflect a very aggressive approach, but technological advancements make them attainable,” said Bateman (R-16). “With the support of Garden State residents, we are already making strides in the right direction. These are the goals we are aiming for, and these are the goals we will reach.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill that Would Stabilize State Funding for Higher Education Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions earned Senate approval today.

The Senate approved Sen. Tom Kean’s bill that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions. (SenateNJ.com)

“The dramatic increase in higher education tuition each year is making college and post-graduate education less affordable and less attainable for so many New Jersey families,” said Kean (R-21). “New Jersey has consistently underfunded colleges and universities, leading to a troubling affordability crisis. This legislation will create a commission to address this systemic problem by analyzing the available data from our state, as well as other states, and determine how we can more efficiently fund our higher education system.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Democrats Proposing No Significant New Tax Relief for New Jerseyans

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement following a budget-related announcement by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders this morning:

Statement from Sen. Steven Oroho on a budget-related announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative issues. (Pixabay)

“Despite the State receiving a $5 billion tax windfall in recent weeks, Democrats are proposing no significant new tax relief for New Jerseyans. That stands in stark contrast to our Republican plan to significantly boost tax relief and fix long-standing structural budget issues. It’s likely we’ll see a spending spree of epic proportions for legislative add-ons when the final details of the budget are released.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Learning, Healing on State’s First Juneteenth Holiday

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today said New Jersey’s first Juneteenth state holiday is a living lesson in American history and an opportunity to unify all races.

New Jersey’s first Juneteenth state holiday is a lesson in American history, and Senator Joe Pennacchio said it is also an opportunity to unify the races. (Pixabay)

“It would be appropriate if state residents of all colors, backgrounds and cultures paused for a moment Friday to reflect on the atrocities of slavery and the bloody Civil War that helped deliver people of color from the crushing cruelties of servitude,” Pennacchio said. “The significance of this commemoration should be so much more than just a day off work. We all have an obligation to learn more about our nation’s past as it applies to race relations and the freedoms we share as Americans.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Lauds NJDOT for Addressing Traffic Concerns at Congested Intersection in Jefferson

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Senator Urges Residents Who Will be Impacted by Improvement Project to View Transportation’s Online Presentation for Details

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is proceeding toward an extensive road project to alleviate heavy congestion and long delays for drivers on Route 15 and Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township.

Senator Joe Pennacchio encouraged local residents who contend with the chronic traffic congestion at the Route 15 interchange in Jefferson Township to view an online presentation about NJDOT’s improvement plans at www.Rt15BVRPIC.com. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said the improvements will help residents and businesses in the area and urged those who will be affected to provide feedback and get information from NJDOT’s online presentation and virtual Public Information Center for the project.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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