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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Legislators Unanimously Oppose Effort to Increase Local Borrowing

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Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously opposed legislation (Senate Bill No. 2209) advanced by Senate Democrats today that allows local governments to borrow for things that must now be paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. The legislation allows local governments to skip a required 5% down payment on capital project costs and borrow 100% of project costs instead. The bill will saddle property taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional underwriting fees and interest payments to Wall Street.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Aims to Streamline Insurance Costs and Lower Tuition for College Students

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One of Governor Christie’s Toolkit Initiatives

A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (Union) that would permit State colleges and universities to maintain their own workers compensation program was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“Allowing a state college to administer their own workers’ compensation program, will be more convenient for workers and more cost-efficient for colleges, ” Kean stated. “Any savings may then be passed onto students in the form of lower tuition and fees.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

10th District Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill to Reduce Fertilization Pollution in New Jersey Waterways

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Senator Andy Ciesla and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Jim Holzapfel are co-sponsoring legislation which establishes standards for the application of certain fertilizers, provides for certification of professional fertilizer applicators and regulates sale and labeling of certain fertilizers. 

The bill is aimed at reducing the pollution of the state’s water resources by establishing standards for the application of fertilizer to turf.  The goal of this legislation is to ultimately decrease the amount of pollutants entering New Jersey waterways particularly in the Barnegat Bay.

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District 9

9th District Delegation & Barnegat Bay Partnership Start Grass Roots Public Awareness Campaign to Protect Local Waterways

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are working with the Barnegat Bay Partnership (formally the Barnegat Bay National Estuary National Program) to inform local residents that the best management practices for fertilizing lawns is critical to reducing the pollutants washing into our local rivers, creeks, wetlands and Barnegat Bay.

In a letter to the mayors of their 23 constituent municipalities, the 9th District Lawmakers attached an informational pamphlet on how residents can maintain a beautiful green lawn, while at the same time, save the Barnegat Bay watershed and local water ways. The Delegation requested that the mayors consider enclosing the pamphlet, which was prepared by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, in any communications sent to residents as part of a local public awareness campaign.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Calls for Real Action

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Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) made the following statement in the context of today’s Assembly Budget hearing on the State’s structural deficit:

“The need to fix a decade long structural deficit in New Jersey is old news. What’s new is Governor Christie’s commitment to not raise taxes. The legislature should now build on the structural reforms started since Governor Christie took office. Here’s a plan of immediate action: further reforms to pension and health benefits, acting on proposals to save our gaming industry, and moving forward with ‘tool kit’ reforms that drive down the costs of government at the State and local levels. My hope is that we come to the center of the room and find these solutions in bipartisan hearings.”

Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Republicans’ Statement on S-2139

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Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:

“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Issues Statement on Composition of Gaming Panel

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the composition of the Legislative panel that will consider Governor Christie’s proposed changes to New Jersey’s gaming industry:

“It’s unacceptable to inject partisan politics into the modernization of major industries in New Jersey’s economy. The long-term futures of gaming and horse farming cross geographic and ideological boundaries. A transparent and fair process should include a balance of stakeholders including bipartisan representatives of the people.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation & LBI Mayors Have Follow-Up Meeting with DEP

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Gulf Oil Spill & Coastal Zone Management Issues Topics of Discussion

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, along with the mayors of the six Long Beach Island municipalities, met this week with representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It was a follow-up to a meeting held in late April which was attended by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

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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.”

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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