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Senator Tom Kean

Opinion: Sensible tax cuts

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The following was printed in the 7/3/12 edition of The Record.

OPPONENTS of Governor Christie’s proposal for broad-based tax relief argue that New Jersey cannot afford it right now. But they have yet to answer one simple question:

How can New Jersey compete with the rest of the nation for jobs and economic investment when government takes more money from residents and businesses here than anywhere else in America?

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Kean Reacts to Governor’s Address to a Special Session of the Legislature

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to Governor Christie’s address to a joint special session of the Legislature:

“Maybe later” cannot improve a small business owner’s ability to hire new employees, will not help middle class families pay the bills, and does not improve New Jersey’s ability to compete with other states for jobs and economic investment that improves everyone’s quality of life.

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Senator Tom Kean

Statement From Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. Regarding Governor’s Call for Special Legislative Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s call to convene a special session of the Legislature on Monday, July 2, 2012:

The Democratic leadership in Trenton reneged on their promise to work with us on tax relief for the most highly taxed people in America: New Jersey residents. Instead, they spent the entire budget process trying to gain political advantage on the Governor. Families and small businesses deserve certainty that their tax burden will be reduced, not a “maybe” from the same politicians that raised them 115 times in the last ten years. Republicans will be in Trenton Monday ready to work.

Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Kean’s Statement on Governor’s Line Item Budget Vetoes

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie’s line item budget reductions for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013:

Just as Trenton Democrats found over $100 million in cuts to redirect funds to their ‘priorities’ in the budget, Governor Christie has used the line item veto to free up ample funding for the single most important thing we can do for New Jersey’s economy: giving broad based tax relief to families and job creators.

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Prohibit Permanent Changes in Custody Arrangements for Deployed Military Personnel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that concerns custody arrangements for military personnel was passed unanimously by the State Senate.

The 9th District Legislators’ legislation (S-1051) would provide that the court, whenever making a determination concerning child custody or parenting time, would not consider the absence or potential absence of a servicemember parent by reason of deployment with the U.S. Military as a factor in determining the best interest of the child.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senate Approves Holzapfel & Singer Legislation Funding Five Year Transportation Capital Program

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation (S-2020) sponsored by Senator James W. Holzapfel (R-10) and Senator Robert Singer (R-30) that authorizes the investment of $8 billion over five years in transportation infrastructure funding pursuant to Governor Christie’s Transportation Capital Program.

“The Governor’s transportation funding plan will allow us to continue critical investments in infrastructure without having to resort to a gas tax increase that people cannot afford,” said Holzapfel. “Unlike his predecessor who nearly bankrupted the Transportation Trust Fund, Governor Christie is working to reduce our reliance on borrowing and will transition transportation funding to a sustainable pay-as-you-go model over the proposed five-year plan.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Eliminating Bias Against Rural Districts in School Funding Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex/Warren/Morris) aimed at eliminating a provision in state law that shortchanges rural school districts in state education aid has been approved by the Senate.

The bill, S-1832, eliminates the “geographic aid adjustment” that deprives certain districts of aid dollars based on a faulty assumption that operating costs are lower in rural areas of the state.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: “Increased Energy Tax Receipts Aid Must be Dedicated to Property Tax Relief”

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Senator Steven Oroho (R- Sussex) today will submit an amendment on the floor of the Senate which dedicates any additional aid given to municipalities from the state’s energy tax receipts collections to be dedicated solely to reducing the municipal tax levy, ensuring direct property tax relief.

Oroho is proposing to amend S-1900, which increases funding to municipalities from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund, to guarantee that the monies are not used to increase municipal budgets.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Allen: “Democrat Cuts to DCF, Abused Children, Substance Abuse Programs, are the Height of Hypocrisy”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen expressed outrage that spending adjustments made by Democratic leadership to assure passage of their FY 2013 budget were paid for with reductions to safety net programs for at-risk children and adults.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Democratic Majority’s budget takes millions of dollars from programs for children who have been abused or are struggling with emotional disorders, substance abuse treatment for adults, and welfare to work, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Kingwood Twp. Joins Doherty in Opposing Unnecessary Scudder Falls Bridge Project

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Urges DRJTBC to Cancel Plan to Replace Safe, Free I-95 Bridge with New Tolled Bridge

The Township of Kingwood in Hunterdon County is the latest local government to join Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) in opposition to a plan to replace the safe and free I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River with a new tolled bridge that would cost an estimated $330 million. Doherty, a long-time critic of wasteful spending practices at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, has called for local officials to examine and express their opposition to the unnecessary bridge replacement plan proposed by the bi-state agency.

“The residents of Kingwood should be proud to know that their local government is standing up for them and opposing the imposition of unnecessary tolls and toll increases that would result from the Scudder Falls Bridge project,” said Doherty. “As more local governments stand up and express their disapproval, leaders in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania will be forced to scrutinize the Scudder Falls Bridge project and ask the DRJTBC to justify this seemingly indefensible plan.”

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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

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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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