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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Committee Advances Pennacchio Bill to Help Homeowners with Home Elevation Costs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help homeowners afford home elevation projects was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would help homeowners to afford home elevation projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation, S-122, would utilize existing funding generated through Realty Transfer Fees to help homeowners pay off of the interest payment on a loan taken out to finance a home elevation project.

“In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the continued flooding issues around the Passaic, Raritan and other rivers across the state, thousands of New Jersey families need to elevate their homes to protect against flooding and future storm damage,” said Pennacchio. “This legislation provides some badly needed financial relief to homeowners that need to take on this costly project to safeguard their families and property.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Editorial: Eliminating the N.J. Estate Tax Will Create More Jobs, Protect Services

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on efforts to eliminate New Jersey’s estate tax was published in the Star-Ledger on January 24, 2016:

Sen. Steven Oroho says it time to focus on reforming New Jersey’s estate tax, one of this state’s two nation-high death taxes, in this Star-Ledger editorial. (SenateNJ.com)

The push to eliminate New Jersey’s estate tax is multipurpose:

  • It keeps grandparents together with their families to enrich our society and future generations.
  • It protects and increases funding for critical public services, such as healthcare, education and transportation infrastructure.
  • It make sure there are diverse opportunities and ample well-paying jobs for people in the workforce to provide for their families.
  • It enhances charitable giving to our nonprofits that provide critical safety net support.
  • The good news: This year there appears to be enough bipartisan backing to finally get it done.

Legislative leaders of both political parties as well as Gov. Chris Christie agree that it’s time to focus on reforming New Jersey’s estate tax, one of this state’s two nation-high death taxes.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Repeal the Death Tax

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Remarking on Governor Christie’s State of the State address, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove echoed support for repealing New Jersey’s Estate Tax, commonly referred to as the “Death Tax.”

Connors, Rumpf & Gove expressed support for repealing New Jersey’s Inheritance Tax and Estate Tax. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Legislative delegation has placed its support behind legislative initiatives that would repeal New Jersey’s Inheritance Tax and Estate Tax. Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued a joint statement following the Governor’s address:

“Repeal of both the Inheritance and Estate taxes is desperately needed to stop the exodus of residents and wealth from New Jersey to states with more reasonable and affordable taxes.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Christie Signs Holzapfel Bill to Protect Kids from Being Hit by School Buses

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Abigail’s Law Requires Sensors to Alert School Bus Drivers of Children in Blind Spots

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) to protect children from being hit by school buses was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The law requires that new school buses be equipped with sensors to alert the bus driver when children walk in front of or behind the school bus.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation to protect children from being hit by school buses was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2011 of the 2014/2015 legislation session, is named “Abigail’s Law” in honor of Abigail Kuberiet, a toddler struck and killed by a school bus as it pulled away from a bus stop in South Plainfield in 2003. The bus driver didn’t see Abigail in front of the bus and didn’t know the accident had happened until contacted by radio after traveling several blocks.

“If a small child walks too closely in front of a large school bus, or stops to tie a shoe or pick up a dropped item while crossing, the bus driver may not be able to see them with tragic results,” said Holzapfel. “Safety sensor technology that could protect children’s lives is now available, affordable, and should be employed in school buses just as it is in many newer passenger cars.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space & Phoebus Bills Enhancing Farming Operations in NJ Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by District 24 legislators Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus to enhance economic viability of certain farming operations was signed into law by Governor Christie.

Legislation sponsored by Oroho, Space and Phoebus to enhance economic viability of certain farming operations was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation, S-2620/A-2839, would allow farmers who did not apply for easements at the time they entered their land into the state’s farmland preservation program and are therefore unable to conduct any non-farming business on the property to apply to the state for a permit to conduct limited rural microenterprise activities on a small portion of the land, such as wood working or farm equipment repair services. The legislation would also allow, within limits, the alternation of existing residential or agricultural structures, such as historic barns, so that they may be preserved.

“With today’s bill signing farmers who sold their entire farms into the state’s preservation program will now have a needed means to supplement their farming operations through limited business activities that continue to protect the integrity of the land,” said Oroho. “These measures will also help make sure historic barns are preserved as a permanent part of New Jersey’s beautiful rural landscape.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Christie Signs Doherty’s “Right to Shovel” Bill Into Law

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Ahead of Expected Weekend Storm, New Law Cuts Red Tape for Kids Offering Snow Shoveling Services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Mike Doherty’s bill ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s incredible that some towns wanted kids to register as businesses or buy expensive solicitation permits before offering to shovel their neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks,” said Doherty. “This new law sends the message that kids looking to make a few bucks on a snow day shouldn’t be subjected to government red tape or fined for shoveling snow.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space & Phoebus Bills to Ease Process of Transferring Estates Signed into Law

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Two bills sponsored by District 24 legislators Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus streamlining the process and reducing the financial burden of transferring the assets of modest estates to a beneficiary were signed into law today by Governor Christie.

Two bills sponsored by Oroho, Space and Phoebus streamlining the process of transferring the assets of modest estates to a beneficiary were signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (©iStock)

“I have heard from the Sussex County Surrogate Assemblyman Gary Chiusanohow burdensome it can be for families and counties to settle even modest estates when there is no will or clearly designated beneficiary,” said Oroho. “Both of these measures will ease what is often a costly and lengthy process for families already undergoing a very difficult time and also save time and resources at the county level.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Statement on Veto of Hospital Community Payment Legislation

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) issued the following statement on the pocket veto of legislation (S3299) establishing a hospital community payment plan.

Sen. Robert Singer remains committed to finding a solution ensuring the financial protection of non-profit hospitals while providing some compensation to municipalities. (SenateNJ.com)

“I remain committed to finding a solution that ensures for the financial protection of non-profit hospitals while providing some compensation to municipalities for the services they provide,” said Singer. “I look forward to working together with the Governor’s Office, the departments of treasury and taxation, as well as representatives from the hospitals and municipalities to reach a fair solution that eliminates the need for costly litigation. In the wake of the tax ruling against Morristown Medical Center, we need to diligently work together to find a uniform and equitable way forward that works for both hospitals and municipalities.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: North Jersey Can’t Be Allowed to Win on Casino Referendum

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove stated their profound disappointment with the 11th hour deal cut to move forward with a ballot referendum on North Jersey casinos.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove expressed profound disappointment with the 11th hour deal to move forward with a ballot referendum on North Jersey casinos. (©iStock.com)

The 9th District delegation issued the following statement:

“From the outset, our delegation has vehemently opposed allowing casinos to operate outside of Atlantic City, as doing so would have a devastating and lasting impact on Atlantic County’s already struggling economy. Needless to say, we are extremely disappointed that the way is being paved for casinos in north Jersey.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Legislature Must Answer Governor’s Call for Estate Tax Repeal

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement supporting Governor Christie’s challenge to the legislature to eliminate New Jersey’s estate tax this year. Senator Oroho is a sponsor of legislation to phase out the state’s estate tax.

Sen. Steven Oroho said the Legislature must join together to answer Governor Christie’s call to eliminate the estate tax. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation ‘death taxes’ continue to take a heavy toll on families, business owners and the state’s economy as a whole as retirees are leaving the state and taking their wealth with them in order to be able to pass on an inheritance to their children,” said Oroho. “Data from the Internal Revenue Service shows that New Jersey has consistently lost income every year for many years, to the tune of $19 billion dollars lost since 2004.

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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