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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Renews Call For Local Governments to Share Assessment Appeal Burdens

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Senator Tony Bucco, R-Morris and Somerset, is renewing his call for all local governments to share responsibility in property tax assessment appeal refunds and settlements, in light of today’s Star-Ledger’s exposé, “Jersey’s Tax Appeal Revolution”

“We saw this revolution coming as the Great Recession crushed the real estate market, and some communities delayed property reassessments by several years and in some cases decades,” Bucco said. “The reported result of municipal tax bases decreasing by $3.8 billion last year is staggering. Local budget nightmares are indeed caused by a rising number of appeals, of which more than 52 percent were reportedly settled last year.”

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Senator Bucco’s Remarks to the Senate Budget Committee

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) delivered the following remarks to the Senate Budget Committee’s hearing on revenue forecasts for the FY 2013 fiscal year.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

To me, this year’s budget marks a choice for the members of this committee:

Continue to do what has been working for New Jersey- what has helped us create 70, 000 private sector jobs- or go back to the type of fiscal recklessness that taxpayers have made it clear they no longer will tolerate.

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Senator Bucco Honored by Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) is honored to have been recognized last week by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey for his work as prime sponsor of a new law requiring children under the age of 18 to wear ski helmets in an effort to prevent sports related brain injury. Senator Bucco and five other legislators were recognized as part of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts on National Brain Injury Awareness Day (March 15).

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Bucco Resolution Would Honor First Ever Dover Policeman Killed on Duty

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco renaming the Route 46 bridge in Dover for Officer Thomas E. DeShazo has been advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Officer DeShazo was the first Dover Police Officer in the town’s history to be killed in the line of duty. In 1930, Officer DeShazo sustained terminal injuries from a motorcycle accident while escorting a member of Charles Lindbergh’s family.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho Bill Establishing ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho that would establish a funding stream for the maintenance of Lake Hopatcong has been advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

S-495 would dedicate $400,000 in state pleasure boat registration fee revenue to a newly created “Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would pay for preservation and cleanup projects at the state’s largest freshwater lake.

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Bucco: “Governor’s Budget Invests in New Jersey Jobs”

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R- Morris), the Senate’s Republican Budget Officer, issued the following response to Governor Christie’s FY 2013 budget address:

Click here to view video of Senator Bucco responding to Governor Christie’s budget address.

The Governor has continued to make good on his pledge to the people of New Jersey to force state government to live within its means while supporting important investments in our state: property tax relief, higher education, aid to local schools, support for seniors and the disabled, and improving our business climate.

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Bucco Praises Award of County Recycling Enhancement Grant to Morris County

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Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) today said he is pleased with the Christie Administration’s award of $259,600 in County Recycling Enhancement Grant Act funds to Morris County.

“Recycling Enhancement grants are an important means of preserving the financial viability of county-wide and municipal recycling programs,” Bucco said. “Encouraging participation in recycling programs is all about convenience for the consumer, and grants such as this one help Morris County and its municipalities provide superior service to residents and business owners.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing Tax Breaks to Businesses Employing National Guardsmen and Reservists Advances

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Legislation authored by Senators Steven Oroho (R- Sussesx/Warren/Morris) and Anthony Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) providing tax credits to businesses employing members of the New Jersey National Guard or reservists in the United States Armed Forces has been cleared by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The bill, S-234, gives employers a credit against the New Jersey Gross Income Tax and/or Corporation Business Tax of 20% of an employee’s salary, not to exceed $2,000 per worker, when an employee is called to active duty.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Today at the Statehouse Political Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

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A Story of Mass Hysteria Caused by a Budget Not Yet Introduced; Rated P for “Premature”

Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today expressed bewilderment at the use of the committee’s time to hold a hearing on Governor Christie’s proposed income tax plan weeks ahead of the Governor’s Budget Message:

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Senator Bucco Sponsors Two Bills That Clear Senate Committees

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“Emma’s Law” & Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month Move Forward

Two bills sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco moved forward Monday. S-1999, “Emma’s Law” which provides for the screening of newborns for lysosomal storage disorders and SJR- 76, which designates May as Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month, were both released from the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and are now before the full Senate.

“I am pleased that these two important measures moved,” Bucco began. “I hope that my colleagues in both houses will pass these two initiatives and bring them before Governor Christie by the end of the year.”

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