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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Introduce Legislation Barring Any State Employee’s Pay from Exceeding the Governor’s Salary

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced that he is drafting new legislation that would prohibit any state employee from making more than the governor.

“It is simply ridiculous that an employee of the state would qualify for a higher salary than the governor,” Doherty began. “The Governor of the State of New Jersey has by far the hardest job in the state and the most responsibility. The state payroll should reflect that fact.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Tom Kean Talks About Creating Jobs and Economic Growth in New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Local Edition on March 11, 2010 to discuss current efforts to create jobs and address New Jersey’s high rate of unemployment, and to talk about ways that we can make the state a competitive destination for new and relocating businesses.

He noted the joint efforts of the Legislature and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, through the newly established Red Tape Review Commission, to identify burdensome and unnecessary state regulations that could quickly be eliminated.

Senator Kean also discussed the importance of lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation tax burden to make us competitive with other states, and efforts to consolidate the state’s fragmented business support programs to make them easier to locate, navigate, and take advatage of.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Proposal to Reward Schools that Freeze Pay Is a Good, Common-Sense Idea

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Governor Christie’s plan to reward schools that freeze teacher pay with additional state funding:

“I whole-heartedly support Governor Christie’s proposal to reward those school systems that are working with the employees and the taxpayers to forge a reasonable budget in these difficult fiscal times. This is a common-sense reasonable response to those who are facing this fiscal crisis with a determination to fix the problem rather than the blame.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty & McHose Ask Dow to Join Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit

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Conservative leaders Call on Attorney General to Make NJ the 15th State; Receive Praise from Congressman Garrett

Senator Mike Doherty and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose today called on New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow to join Attorneys General in 14 other states in a lawsuit that holds that the $940 billion federal health care package signed into law this week is unconstitutional. No Republican in either house of Congress supported the bill.

Attorneys General in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota have already filed suit.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Bucco Urge Parties to Negotiate

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Find Common Ground to Prevent Teacher Layoffs or Instructional Cuts

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statements encouraging school boards and employees’ unions to enter into talks to dodge mass layoffs:

“In several New Jersey communities, teachers and parents are coming together to find a balanced approach to protect the quality of classroom education for our children,” Kean stated. “With shared sacrifice, we can find the innovative solutions to keep teachers in the classroom with the tools they need to provide a quality education.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on NJ Transit to Hold Hearing in Ocean County on Fare and Service Proposal

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling on NJ Transit to include Ocean County among the areas of the state in which it will hold a public hearing on fare and service proposals.  No hearing has been scheduled in Ocean County, while two hearings have been scheduled in Monmouth County.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Pension Reforms Signed into Law

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Senator Michael Doherty, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comment regarding his pension reform bill that was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill would limit and require employees’ to contribute to their health benefits plans.

“This package of pension reforms has been nearly five years in the making. The Murphy Report commissioned in 2005, recommended many of the reforms that were signed into law yesterday. Included in the recommendations was my provision that public employees be required to contribute to their health benefits plans.

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District 9

Senate Passes 9th District Measure Allowing Cancellation of Diminutive municipal Charges and Fees

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors that would expand the power of a municipality to cancel a delinquent charge or fee owed to it, provided that the fee was less than $10, was unanimously approved by the full Senate.  Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove will be introducing the Assembly companion bill at the next quorum of their respective House.

“This is a common-sense proposal that would alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on municipalities that are required to procure these minimal debts which, in most cases, are not worth the time and costs involved,” said Senator Connors.  “In these difficult budgetary times most municipalities, especially those with small workforces, don’t have the resources to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to track down someone for the five dollars they are delinquent in their sewer bill.  Our Delegation is sponsoring this legislation since this issue tends to have a greater impact on smaller municipalities with fewer local employees.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco: Christie’s Signature Ensures Pension Funds Solvency

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie signing three pension reform measures into law last night.

“It is significant that the governor chose three reform measures as the first bills he signed into law. These three measures have been five years in the making.

“The absolute necessity of reforming the pension system was brought to the front burner in December 2005 with the publication of the Murphy Report. The Murphy Report recommended many of the steps that were adopted yesterday.

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Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Tom Kean

Video: Public Employee Pension and Benefit Reform Bills Signed Into Law

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Several pieces of bipartisan legislation that reform the pensions and benefits of public employees were signed into law on Monday, March 22, by Governor Chris Christie. S-2 makes various pension system changes, S-3 requires contributions toward health care benefits by public employees and S-4 makes changes concerning payments to public employees for unused sick leave and sick leave injury in State service.

Sponsors and supporters of the bills included Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, Senator Barbara Buono, Senator Kevin J. O’Toole, Senator Michael J. Doherty, and Senator Paul Sarlo.

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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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