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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco’s Statement on Today’s MVC Hearing in Lodi

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statement regarding the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee’s hearing today on infrastructure problems at the Motor Vehicle Commission:

“These problems were not created overnight; they are the result of years of neglect of the state’s IT system. The Christie Administration cannot be expected to snap its fingers and make the problem go away overnight, and certainly not when the Majority’s idea of fiscal discipline is to pass a budget that is nearly $1 billion in the red.”

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Senator Bucco Applauds Governor Christie for Increase in Energy Aid for Seniors

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LIHEAP Aid Increased For 135,000 Eligible Households

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s efforts today to identify additional funds to help senior citizens and the disabled cope with rising energy costs.

“This summer has seen an endless round of heat waves across the country. In New Jersey the last heat wave saw temperatures rise above the 100 degree mark on several occasions across the state.

“These high temperatures and the accompanying high humidity have created dangerous conditions for at risk populations. Senior citizens and the disabled are especially vulnerable to these conditions.

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Suburban NJ Towns to Receive Additional $318 Million in School Aid

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Increased Local School Aid Encourages Property Tax Relief Efforts

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco announced today that local school districts will receive an additional $318 million in school aid for the 2011-2012 school year:

Senator Bucco worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars for suburban schools in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

“School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governor’s decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities,” said Senator Bucco. “I’m pleased that Governor Christie worked with us over the past several months to dedicate additional state revenues to school aid for suburban communities.”

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Bucco Comments on Democrats’ Override Attempts

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco released the following statement calling on Trenton Democrats to stop playing on the emotions of New Jerseyans in attempt to score election year points:

“As the Trenton Democrats prepare to override Governor Christie’s line item vetoes – which balanced the budget – their continued use of New Jersey’s struggling families and towns as political pawns is disturbing to me.

“Even for Trenton Democrats this latest display of blatant election year maneuvering is shocking. Democrats, who control the Legislature, passed an unconstitutional budget filled with election year spending but they conveniently ignored one thing – a way to pay for it.

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Tom Kean & Tony Bucco: “Governor Helps Suburban Schools While Fixing Democrats’ Illegal Budget”

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Governor Christie Balances Budget While Increasing School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s changes to the Democrats illegal, out of balance budget today for heeding Republican calls for added suburban school aid in the context of a balanced, fiscally responsible budget:

“The budget passed by legislative Democrats was political, partisan, and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced,” said Senator Kean. “I commend the Governor for taking the bold action necessary to fill the more than $700 million hole he was handed yesterday by the Majority, and for doing so while increasing aid for suburban districts that are treated unfairly by current school funding law. The Governor has proven what Republicans have been saying all along: we can do right by the taxpayers of New Jersey without resorting to the budget gimmicks and irresponsibility of the past. His changes to the budget will provide a doubling of this year’s suburban school aid increase and unfreeze the ‘Senior Freeze’ program without raising taxes and hurting job creation to pay for it.”

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Bucco: Democrat Budget Unbalanced; Constitutionally Unsound

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following comments regarding the Democrats proposed Budget:

“We are required to produce a balanced budget. The state constitution is very clear on this point. However, today, we will consider a budget based on what can only be, at best, described as spurious fiscal assumptions. Case in point, this budget appears to ignore a $300 million shortfall related to the compromises made by the Christie Administration in the pension and benefits reform bill. That shortfall was acknowledged just last week by some of the Majority members of this panel- well before this budget was drafted.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Bucco, Verizon & NJSHARES to Present $2500 Grant to Daytop

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Senator Tony Bucco (R- Morris) will join representatives from Verizon and NJSHARES in presenting a $2500 grant to Daytop, an adolescent substance abuse treatment and education program serving northwestern New Jersey.

DATE: Tuesday May 31, 2011

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: Daytop, 80 West Main St., Mendham, NJ

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Bucco: Revenue Estimates Are Volatile and Unreliable

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Republican Fiscal Discipline Beginning To Show Results

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statement regarding testimony on the FY 2012 state budget today:

“Under Governor Christie’s leadership, the fiscal discipline we implemented in the budget I introduced last year is beginning to bear fruit. It is important to remember that the revenue estimates, while encouraging, are volatile and unreliable.

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Bucco: Increased Revenue Projections Not a Green Light to Spend

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) expressed the need for continued fiscal restraint today after the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services testified that New Jersey tax revenues are $430 million above expectations for the current fiscal year and $913 million more than expected through June 2012.

“The positive revenue projections announced today are a vindication that the budget priorities pushed by the Governor and supported by my Republican colleagues over the past year were the correct choices, ” Bucco stated. “We must remain vigilant and not allow this uptick in revenue to be squandered away and used as an excuse to spend more and grow government.”

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Bucco Urges President Obama to Apologize to NJ State Police for Rapper Invite

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Rapper Glorified Murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster

Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) called on President Barack Obama to apologize to the New Jersey State Police for inviting a rapper to the White House who glorified the assassin of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973.

“President Obama must apologize to the New Jersey State Police for inviting a rap singer who praises the assassin of a New Jersey State Trooper to the White House.  The President should realize, especially after May 1, the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform who protect us all, both at home and abroad.

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