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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises the Borough of Ramsey’s Support of the Fair School Funding Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Ramsey’s support of his Fair School Funding Plan:

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting on “Fair School Funding” Plan in Bridgewater

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting September 21, at 8:15 P.M. in the Bridgewater Public Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean: Trenton Democrats Have Found Religion on Job Creation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on tomorrow’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting which will focus on job creation and economic growth:

“For the past decade, Republicans across the state have been calling for, and proposing, policies that would create jobs and opportunities for middle-class New Jerseyans. For years, Republicans have been asking for tax incentives for small business and other business friendly policies like the single sales factor that were just recently signed into law by Governor Christie.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Robbinsville on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 PM Robbinsville Township Senior Center, 56 Robbinsville Allentown Road, Robbinsville, NJ.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio: State Settles With Lehman Brothers

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New Jersey Recovers $8.2 Million from Bankrupt Investment Bank

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee who represents Morris and Passaic counties, announced today that the State of New Jersey has settled with Lehman Brothers for $8.2 million.

The Senator noted sadly that it has been more than three years since he first asked for answers about the state’s $192 million loss on an investment in the bankrupt investment bank. The investment came less than four months before Lehman, one of the largest Wall Street investment banks, went into receivership.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho-McHose-Chiusano: Some In Elizabeth Are Finding Out There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said that today’s news report on the arrest of Elizabeth School Board President Marie Munn on charges of third degree theft by deception and third degree tampering with public records or information related to the free lunch program is not terribly surprising given the lack of credible answers she provided when questioned. In addition to Ms. Munn’s arrest, the ex-wife of school principal Carlos Lucio; and Peter Abitanto, husband of Marlene Abitanto, the district’s supervisor of custodians, also face similar charges. If found guilty, each of the accused faces up to five years in prison.

Oroho, McHose and Chiusano said much more is involved in this issue than the fraudulent applications submitted to participate in the free lunch program. A State Auditor report issued in June that sampled 10 school districts indicated that state aid is increased between $4, 700 and $5, 700 for each student enrolled in the lunch program. The audit also found that 37 percent of students in the program were ineligible.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Allowing Pets to Be Included in Domestic Violence Protection Orders Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) that authorizes courts to include animals in domestic violence restraining orders was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“The unfortunate reality is that pets can be the victims of domestic abuse just like people, yet they lack the legal recognition to be protected under current law, ” Kean stated. “I have heard too many heartbreaking stories of victims of domestic violence who will stay with their abuser for fear of what will happen to their pets. We need to encourage victims to leave these abusive relationships and reassure them that their pets will be protected.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean-Polistina-Amodeo Bill Focuses on Jobs in Growing Aviation Industry

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Legislation Creates Public-Private Partnerships to Expand Career Opportunities for Students

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) and Assemblymen John Amodeo (R-Atlantic) and Vince Polistina (R-Atlantic) that authorizes county vocational school districts and county colleges to enter into partnership with one or more private entities to develop and establish aviation related job certification, training, and internship programs was passed by the Senate Education Committee today.

“Being connected to the rest of the world is vital in a global economy with demand for highly skilled workers in the aviation industry growing at a steady rate, ” Kean stated. “By making a concerted effort in the area of work readiness and training we can help interested students achieve successful careers while also keeping New Jersey competitive in a global marketplace.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Levels Playing Field Allowing Small Businesses to Remain Competitive

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would help local businesses provide court reporting service, better compete with larger, out-of-state companies was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee today.

“These larger agencies hire certified reporters, often as independent contractors, but the firms themselves have no limitations on the way that they do business because they do not fall within the purview of the court reporters’ certification law or any regulation by the board, ” stated Singer. “These large agencies have an unfair competitive advantage because they have not been restricted with respect to giving gifts or other incentives to attorneys in order to get their business.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Addresses Doctor Shortage in New Jersey

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Report says 12 percent gap in physician supply versus demand within 10 years

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that establishes a physician loan redemption program for certain specialties was passed by the Senate Education Committee today. The bill is based on a recommendation in a report issued by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals that said loan forgiveness is one of the top factors that medical residents look for in determining a practice.

“We need to address the impending physician shortage to prevent the risk of people going without any, or with insufficient, care., ” Singer stated. “The nine million New Jersey residents deserve to know that well-trained doctors will be available to serve their health care needs when they need it most.”

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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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