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Senator Anthony Bucco

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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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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Bucco to Democrats: Stop Talking About Tax Increases If You Are Serious About Jobs Creation

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Senate Republican Budget Officer, Anthony Bucco, challenged New Jersey Democrats today to take all tax increases off the table:

“If the New Jersey Democratic Party is serious about creating jobs then they will stop talking about potential tax increases. Under Governor Christie’s and Senator Tom Kean’s leadership New Jersey has finally begun to turn the corner.

“This state is digging itself out of a hole, more than a decade in the making, which was created by the Democrats and their 115 tax increases. The economy is slowly but surely recovering and the unemployment rate has finally fallen below the national average.

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Senator Tom Kean

Republican Senators Call For Hearings on Anti-Gang Legislation

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On the heels of a report by the New Jersey State Police showing 45% of municipalities have reported some gang activity in the past year, Republican Senators Tom Kean, Jr., Sean Kean, and Tony Bucco called for swift consideration of a package of anti-gang bills pending before the Senate:

S-420 (Kean, T.): Enhances penalties for gang criminality and promoting organized street crime.

S-222 (Kean, S.): Makes participation in a criminal street gang a fourth degree offense (18 months in prison and/or $10,000 fine).

S-1729 (Bucco): Requires membership in a gang to be considered by the court(s) when determining a defendant’s bail.

The State Police’s report showed that gang activity has been reported in all 21 New Jersey counties, with 1,575 gang units operating throughout the state.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Job Creation Bill Passes Senate

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Potential Loss of Honeywell Highlighted Need for Legislation

Legislation that would help businesses preserve jobs and expand operations in New Jersey was unanimously passed by the Senate. The bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden) broadens the availability and revises the terms of financial assistance under New Jersey’s Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) Program, which awards tax credits against the corporation business tax and various taxes on insurers.

“Jobs are highly mobile in today’s economy and can move anywhere with little notice, ” stated Kyrillos. “New Jersey faces a choice: either we incentivize businesses to relocate to New Jersey and expand operations here, or we watch as those employers choose to go elsewhere. By expanding the BRRAG program we will be better able to compete as a destination for business and send a message to unemployed New Jerseyans residents that state government will fight for every opportunity to put them back to work.”

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