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Senator Anthony Bucco

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

Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Call for Action on Higher Education Reforms

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Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Steve Oroho, Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty called for swift action on higher education “toolkit” reforms proposed by Governor Chris Christie to help improve the affordability of public colleges and universities. The measures are supported by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force Chairman, former Governor Tom Kean.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Compliment the Administration’s Responsible Transportation Plan

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Both Sides of the Aisle Praise Commissioner Simpson’s Efforts

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement complimenting the Christie Administration’s transportation plan.

“New Jersey’s interconnected transportation network is critical to the economic well-being of this state. In this tough budget environment it is difficult to provide the necessary resources to adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure.

“The FY ’12 Capital Program appropriation provides $3.5 billion in funds to keep our roads, bridges and trains in good condition. These monies are appropriated without any new taxes or additional borrowing.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Immediate End to Ill-Conceived Early Release Program

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed today with Governor Christie, Attorney General Dow and former Governor Corzine that the provision requiring early release of inmates in the law be immediately repealed:

“It is unfortunate that the commitment that former Governor Corzine received to repeal this ill-conceived provision of the law was not honored. In fact, Governor Corzine at the time he signed the bill, issued a signing statement that reads in part; ‘that the provision of the bill that would require parole release six months before the maximum expiration of the sentence in cases where the No Early Release Act does not apply, will be removed through immediate remedial legislation.’

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Hearings on Higher Education Task Force Recommendations

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee lauded the Governor’s commitment to quality, affordable, higher education in New Jersey as evidenced by the work of Governor Christie’s Higher Education Task Force. The Senators called for immediate hearings to consider the Task Force’s recommendations:

“It is critically important that we take immediate steps to moderate the rise in tuition rates in New Jersey. The Senate would greatly benefit from immediate hearings on the report and from the Task Force’s chairman, Former Governor Thomas Kean.”

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

Republican Members of Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Praise Administration for Fiscal Discipline

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed with State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff that continued fiscal discipline is required to continued New Jersey’s recovery from the most severe recession in more than 70 years. The Republican members of the Committee are: Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio, O’Toole and Doherty.

“The testimony presented by the State Treasurer clearly shows that, while we have a long way to go on the road to recovery, the Administration’s commitment to fiscal discipline is working. The state revenue picture is better, and more stable, today than it was just one year ago in the midst of the worst recession our state has seen in 70 years.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco and Pennacchio Disappointed Treasurer’s Testimony Canceled

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed their disappointment that the testimony of State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff was canceled today:

“It is unprecedented that the testimony of the State Treasurer would be canceled on the opening day of the state budget season. This morning’s testimony by David Rosen, the OLS Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, was instructive on the improving health of New Jersey’s budget,” Bucco said.

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Six Bucco Bills Clear Senate

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School Dating Violence Prevention Act Passes Unanimously

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco announced that six pieces of legislation that he sponsored passed the Senate this week.

The bills include:

S-2114 is a measure that directs the Department of Education to develop a school district dating violence policy and requires school districts to provide dating violence education in the health curriculum.

“This common sense legislation will help prevent dating situations in schools from becoming unsafe and help educate young people on constructive ways to resolve conflicts in personal relationships,” Bucco began.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Democrat Delay Causes Rise in Local Property Taxes

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Assembly Democrats Agree, Taxpayers Need Real Reform Now

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco (R-25) called on the legislative leadership to move immediately to approve the remaining parts of the “toolkit” package that have been languishing in the Legislature:

“Last July, the Legislature moved to implement a historic two-percent property tax cap in New Jersey. In the nine months since we enacted this cap that took effect January 1, the Senate and Assembly Democrats have refused to give local officials the necessary support to meet the cap for purely political reasons,” said Bucco.

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Senator Tom Kean

Sens. Tom Kean, Jr., Sean Kean and Bucco to Seek Monday Vote on Anti-Gang Legislation

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“Sweeney should debate the anti crime bills on their merits, and not beat the drum for more nonexistent cash for cops.” – Asbury Park Press, 2/6/2011

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), Senator Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), and Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) will attempt to force a vote of the Senate on three common-sense pieces of anti-gang legislation on Monday, March 21, 2011. The Senators will make motions to relieve from committee on bills giving law enforcement additional legal tools to arrest and incarcerate gang members.

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (sponsor of S-420 – enhances penalties for promotion/participation in street crime):

“Despite the Senate President’s suggestion that Republicans participate in the Law and Public Safety Committee’s gang hearing last month, our bills to cost-effectively get gang members off the streets have been left for dead in the Senate. In this last voting session before recess, the Majority needs to do the right thing and post these bills that will make our communities safer.”

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Bucco: S&P’s Downgrade Demonstrates Need for More Fiscal Vigilance

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Decades of Irresponsible Borrowing and Spending Come to a Head

Senator Anthony Bucco, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, issued the following remarks regarding Standard and Poor’s downgrade of New Jersey’s general obligation bonds:

“For more than a decade New Jersey irresponsibly borrowed, taxed and spent, often without voter approval, until the state is near the edge fiscal collapse. Standard & Poor’s downgrade is further proof that the tough decisions being made by Governor Christie are the only way to return New Jersey to fiscal health.

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