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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Oceanport’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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

“The Borough of Oceanport’s officials elected by the taxpayers to represent their interests have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. Those duly elected officials of the Borough of Oceanport in Monmouth County have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally on a per student basis.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Tax Relief for Seniors a Result of Fiscal Discipline by Governor and Republican Legislators

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$90 Million Increase for “Senior Freeze” Property Tax Assistance in 2012 Budget

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the following statement today after the Christie administration announced that they have already begun mailing Senior Freeze checks to senior and disabled homeowners. Checks for the Senior Freeze program, which protects senior citizens and disabled residents from increases in property taxes, will average more than $1,200 this year, going directly to recipients who earned $70,000 or less in 2009 and 2010.

“We are in a position to increase direct property tax relief for seniors and disabled residents because of the fiscal discipline shown over the past two years by Governor Christie and my Republican colleagues.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Money Without Innovation, Accountability Fails New Jersey School Children”

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Lauding the Christie Administration’s announcement that the state will expand its partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone to include other struggling school districts, Senate Republican Leader and Education Committee member Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) called on Senate leadership to allow debate and votes on legislation aimed at increasing accountability and innovation in New Jersey public schools.

“Proper funding of education for every school district in New Jersey is important, but funding alone doesn’t get results for our children,” said Kean. “If money alone were the answer, New Jersey’s inner cities would have the highest graduation rates, test scores, and educational outcomes of any district in America because they spend more per student than almost anywhere in the nation. Innovation and accountability, currently lacking in our public school system, is key to making every dollar we spend on education work better for students in every school district, regardless of economic status.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Closter’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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

“The Borough of Closter’s officials elected by the taxpayers to represent their interests have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The elected officials of Closter in Bergen County have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Oversight of Temporary Transitional Aid Essential for Program’s Success

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“Oversight Language Initially Removed in Democrat Sponsored Budget”

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following Governor Christie’s announcement that he would support full funding of temporary, transitional aid in the FY 2012 Budget as long as appropriate oversight of the program is restored. Senator Oroho is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3009 that would strengthen, by state statute, the State’s oversight of municipalities that receive additional aid:

“State aid must be awarded equitably, whether through the Transitional Aid Program, education aid or regular municipal aid. Given our current financial circumstances we need to make sure every tax dollar is spent effectively and efficiently.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Senate Republicans Release School Aid Calculator

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R- Union) announced there is a school aid calculator (https://www.senatenj.com/school-aid) on the Senate Republican website to help parents, teachers and administrators learn how much additional funding their school district is receiving for the 2011-2012 school year.

This year, Senate Republicans worked with Governor Christie to increase state aid to all school districts. The budget, signed by Governor Christie and sustained by Senate Republicans, increases overall aid to schools by $850 million, including $318 million for suburban and rural districts.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Submits “Caylee’s Law”

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Establishes Penalties for Failing to Report, Concealing Death or Disappearance of Children

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) has submitted legislation that establishes criminal penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child. The bill is named for Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose disappearance and death went unreported for nearly a month.

“It is actually with a bit of reluctance that I submit this legislation, as government really should not have to legislate where common sense should prevail,” said Kean. “But common sense dictates that a parent or guardian who does not to report the disappearance or death of a child in their care should be considered criminally negligent.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Suburban NJ Towns to Receive Additional $318 Million in School Aid

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Increased Local School Aid Encourages Property Tax Relief Efforts

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco announced today that local school districts will receive an additional $318 million in school aid for the 2011-2012 school year:

Senator Bucco worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars for suburban schools in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

“School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governor’s decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities,” said Senator Bucco. “I’m pleased that Governor Christie worked with us over the past several months to dedicate additional state revenues to school aid for suburban communities.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: “Me Thinks Democrats Protest Too Much”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Trenton Democrats’ budget theatrics:

“Months of public hearings by the Senate Budget Committee were set aside by the Democrats in favor of an early start to the election season. The Democrat’s budget which was ‘unconstitutionally unbalanced, ‘ was a political document challenging the Governor to cut programs that Democrats thought could be used to score political points in the upcoming legislative races.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Munoz & Bramnick Laud Governor for Increasing School Aid in FY 2012 Budget

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz are pleased to announce that local school districts will receive increased school aid for the 2011-2012 school year.

The 21st District legislators worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governors decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities, said Senator Kean. By making tough choices and using an unexpected bump in state revenues wisely, we were able not only to increase aid over last year, but to double the rate of increase that was originally proposed in March.

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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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