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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Encouraged that NJ Is a Finalist for Millions in Education Funding

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed optimism today after it was announced that New Jersey is among 19 finalists for federal Race to the Top funding. The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform. If successful, the grant could bring up to $400 million in federal funding to New Jersey’s cash-strapped public schools over the next four years.

“New Jersey is home to some of the best schools and most dedicated teachers the country has to offer. Unfortunately, there are some schools that are failing our children year after year, as reflected in their low test scores and high drop-out rates, ” stated Kean. “It is time to challenge the status quo in these failing schools and ensure that a New Jersey high school diploma means our young people are prepared for college or to enter the workforce.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Statement on Governor Christie’s Budget Discipline

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement:

“Many Republican members consider these priorities worthy of support. However, to fund them now would knock our budget out of balance. Having thoroughly analyzed Governor Christie’s full message and having discussed the state of our finances with members of the Republican caucus, there is strong support for maintaining a balanced budget. Should Senate President Sweeney determine the need to call another vote on these measures, there will not be enough support to spend money we do not have. It is now time to move forward with substantive committee hearings and a timely up or down vote on the property tax relief tool kit.”

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Post Budget Legislative Update

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In recent weeks, most of the attention has primarily focused on the State budget, which has now been signed into law. This is an update regarding action taken on several other legislative initiatives linked to reducing the size and cost of government that we believe our constituents will have an active interest in.

Major Changes in Motor Vehicle Inspections

Under legislation recently signed into law, motorists will only have to have their vehicles inspected for emission levels. Biannual mechanical inspections have been eliminated as studies have showed that motor vehicle crashes are related to driver error rather than mechanical defect. Additionally, there will be an extension of the waiver from vehicle inspections for newer vehicles from four years to five. These changes will achieve a cost savings to taxpayers in the amount of $17 million for this fiscal year. Equally important, this will release residents from a purposeless bureaucratic obligation involving their cars.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Statement on Passage of 2% Property Tax Cap

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Following the passage of legislation by both Houses of the Legislature to lower the state’s cap on property tax from 4 to 2 percent, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued the following statement:

“Significant progress toward controlling government spending and addressing the state’s “affordability crisis” was achieved by the passage of legislation to lower the existing statutory cap for all local governments from 4 percent to 2 percent while also eliminating most of the cap exemptions currently allowed. Our Delegation proudly voted in favor of this bipartisan legislation as a practical and efficient means of our achieving one of our top priorities: to reduce the size, cost and scope of government.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Cardinale Furious With Supreme Court Breath Test Ruling

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) expressed his disappointment and frustration today after the State Supreme Court ruled 4-3, that police officers must use a language that individuals understand when informing them of the consequences of refusing a breath test if they are suspected of driving under the influence.

“This is a ridiculous decision that flies in the face of common-sense. I will introduce legislation that reverses this absurd ruling and I will aggressively advocate for its swift passage.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Pushing for State Spending Cap

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) introduced legislation today that would cap state spending at 2 percent annually. This legislation comes on the heels of the 2 percent property tax cap passed today by the Senate.

“It is very important that the state demonstrate the same fiscal restraint that we are asking of local and county governments and school boards,” Oroho stated. “All levels of government have been living beyond their means and taxpayers are the ones paying the price. We need to make decisions that make this state more affordable for families and more competitive for businesses.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on 2% Property Tax Cap

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a property tax cap. Under the bill, property tax increases would be capped at 2 percent annually with a limited number of exemptions, including voter override:

“New Jersey residents will finally have some predictability and control when it comes to their property tax bill. Giving voters a choice will help prevent another family from moving out or another business from closing due to rapidly escalating property taxes.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Applauds Passage of 2 Percent Property Tax Cap

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Senator Anthony Bucco, Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a 2 percent property tax cap:

“This legislation shows that New Jersey is headed in the right direction to help make this state affordable again for businesses and families.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure Seeks to Protect Seniors and Disabled From Financial Exploitation

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation aimed at convicting criminals who financially exploit senior citizens or disabled persons.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following joint statement regarding their new legislative initiative (S-2166/A-3080) to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens:

“After consulting with various government agencies, our Delegation has proudly introduced a comprehensive measure that would provide law enforcement with additional tools to convict criminals who prey upon seniors and the disabled. This legislation is specifically aimed at bringing to justice individuals who use a position of trust to commit theft by financially exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Caucus: Cap 2.0 Equals Real Property Tax Relief for Long Suffering NJ Taxpayers

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and the Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday special session on property taxes in New Jersey:

“The Senate Republican Caucus welcomes the agreement between Governor Christie and the Legislature that will impose a 2.0 percent hard cap on property tax increases at every level of government. We also understand that a hearing and vote on the various ‘Toolkit’ legislation will take place in the late summer. This is good news for New Jersey residents who have been routinely subject to more than seven percent property tax increases over the past decade.”

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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