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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Introduces Bill to Ax the Mask Sales Tax

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Mandatory Masks for Public Use Are Taxed in New Jersey

Senator Kristin Corrado plans to introduce legislation to end the taxation of masks in New Jersey for the general public.

Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders require New Jerseyans to wear masks indoors and outside if they cannot properly social distance.

Sen. Kristin Corrado plans to introduce legislation to end the taxation of masks for the general public. (Pixabay)

“In the age of COVID, masks are now essential goods, not a luxury product. In typical New Jersey fashion, there’s a tax for this new necessity,” said Corrado (R-40). “My common-sense measure would exempt masks from this regressive tax that disproportionately impacts middle-class and low-income residents.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Bill Cutting Red Tape to Help Military Spouses Resume Careers Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. (©iStock)

“During these difficult times, the spouses of the brave men and women of our military should not have to go through unnecessary red tape to secure long-term employment after relocating to New Jersey,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will give more flexibility to state licensing boards, and will allow otherwise qualified individuals to continue to practice their profession—as long as their spouses, who are in the military, are stationed in our state.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: NJ Should Participate in NH’s Lawsuit Against MA Over Taxation of Remote Workers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commute across state lines to the Bay State.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commuter across state lines to the Bay State. (Pixabay)

“New Hampshire is well justified in challenging the unfair taxation of its residents’ income by Massachusetts now that many former commuters to the Bay State are working remotely from home,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey faces the same issue with our neighbor across the Hudson, only on a much larger scale.”

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee advanced legislation today that requires the State Treasurer to examine and report upon New York’s taxation of New Jersey residents’ income.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Sarlo Bill to Examine New York’s Unjust Taxation of New Jerseyans Advances

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Legislation Requires State Treasurer to Report on New York’s Continued Taxation of Former Commuters from New Jersey

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho and Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo that would begin to address concerns that New York is unfairly taxing former New Jersey commuters who have been working from home in the Garden State during the pandemic.

Legislation by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Paul Sarlo that would begin to address concerns that New York is unfairly taxing former New Jersey commuters who are now working remotely has advanced. (Pixabay)

“If New York were prevented from taxing New Jersey residents who no longer go to work across the Hudson, we could generate hundreds of millions – perhaps billions – of tax dollars for New Jersey, all while lowering the income tax bills of former commuters substantially,” said Senator Oroho. “It’s imperative that we understand the scale of this unfair taxation of our workers, which will be the first step in pursuing tax fairness with New York.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Introduces Measure to Create Voter Fraud Task Force

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To assist in upholding the integrity of New Jersey elections, Senator Kristin Corrado has introduced legislation to establish a Voter Fraud Task Force.

To assist in upholding the integrity of New Jersey elections, Sen. Kristin Corrado has introduced legislation to establish a Voter Fraud Task Force. (SenateNJ.com)

“Voter fraud is an all too real issue that can undermine the integrity of New Jersey’s elections,” said Corrado (R-40). “As recent cases in Paterson and Atlantic City have demonstrated, vote-by-mail ballots have been targeted for abuse. It’s crucial that we continue to take steps to ensure that our democratic elections remain free and fair.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Has Questions for Fired Veterans’ Homes Bosses

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Says They Should Receive Some of the First Subpoena’s When Senate Convenes Select Committee to Investigate COVID Response

Days after Governor Murphy announced a change of command at the COVID-ravished state-run veterans’ nursing homes in Paramus and Menlo Park, Senator Joe Pennacchio said the replaced administrators have some explaining to do.

Senator Pennacchio wants fired veterans’ homes administrators’ names on the subpoena list for Senate Select Committee COVID investigation. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a legislator, I have plenty of questions that need to be answered, and I know the countless families who lost loved ones to the virus outbreak in these homes have questions,” said Pennacchio (R-26).

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District 24

Oroho, Wirths & Space: Without Increased Indoor Dining Limits, Onset of Cold Weather Could Freeze Restaurants Out of Business

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Call for Governor to Expand Seating Capacity for Struggling Eateries

The nights are getting longer, temperatures are falling, and the allure of outside dining is waning. For restaurants struggling to stay afloat, especially in the north-west corner of the state, the 24th District legislators said the changing season is a very real threat to survival.

With cooler weather making outdoor dining impractical, Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Wirths and Space today renewed calls on the Governor to increase the capacity for indoor dining. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

“It’s the cold reality. If the Governor fails to increase the capacity limit for indoor dining now, we will witness an inevitable catastrophe of business failures,” said Senator Steven Oroho. “The weather has changed and only the most hardened diners are willing to sit out in the cold for a bite to eat. Restaurants and taverns cannot possibly generate enough revenue at 25 percent occupancy to pay expenses and keep the doors open for business.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: Update on Senior Freeze Benefits and Homestead Benefit Programs

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Senator Kristin M. Corrado provided the following update on the Senior Freeze – Property Tax Reimbursement and Homestead Benefit programs.

The graphic above was posted on the NJ Division of Taxation website on Thursday, October 1, 2020 under “Property Tax Relief – Budget Information.” (NJ Division of Taxation)

“Many constituents have reached out via phone and email asking for more information regarding New Jersey’s Senior Freeze program. Our State’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget fully funds the 2019 Senior Freeze program,” said Corrado (R-40). “Payments to eligible taxpayers began just last week.”

“As for the Homestead Rebate program, this would typically show up as credits on property tax bills in May and November. However, due to delays by Governor Phil Murphy’s administration, credits will not be reflected on November bills. According to the Division of Taxation, homestead rebate credits will resume beginning in May 2021.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. on Economic Justice

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The coronavirus crisis has brought into focus the continuing challenges that women, minorities, and low-income communities face in New Jersey, especially during times of economic upheaval.

Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (SenateNJ.com)

While much of government is consumed with gridlock and division, I will always reach across the aisle and work with Democrats like Senate President Steve Sweeney to support an effort to address the issue of economic injustice.

That’s why I was excited to play a role in the New Jersey Legislature’s reconstitution of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Pans Murphy’s Veto of Restaurant Relief Funds

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Measure Would Have Reimbursed Restaurants for Losses After Governor Reversed Decision to Allow Indoor Dining to Resume on July 2nd

Senator Anthony M. Bucco panned Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation he sponsored to reimburse restaurants for losses incurred after the governor reversed his decision to allow indoor dining to resume on July 2nd.

Sen. Tony Bucco panned Gov. Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation he sponsored to reimburse restaurants for losses incurred after the governor reversed his decision to allow indoor dining to resume on July 2nd. (Pixabay)

“Based on Governor Murphy’s personal guidance, restaurants invested a significant amount of money, often on personal credit cards, to restock in anticipation of resuming indoor dining on July 2nd,” said Bucco (R-25). “When the governor reversed course at the last moment, those restaurants suffered steep losses that they could ill afford. It’s unbelievable that Governor Murphy would veto targeted relief funds to cover losses that restaurants incurred to comply with his changing executive orders. It’s a slap in the face to an industry that’s struggling to survive.”

After initially announcing that restaurants could resume indoor dining on July 2nd, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 158 to rescind his prior order and continue a complete prohibition on indoor dining.

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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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