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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bipartisan Vote Saves Thousands of Jobs

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Emergency Meeting Enacts Stop-Gap Measure to Fund Transportation Projects

Senator Tony Bucco, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement regarding a Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) meeting that authorized additional funding for ongoing transportation projects:

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

Republican Legislators Unanimously Oppose Effort to Increase Local Borrowing

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Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously opposed legislation (Senate Bill No. 2209) advanced by Senate Democrats today that allows local governments to borrow for things that must now be paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. The legislation allows local governments to skip a required 5% down payment on capital project costs and borrow 100% of project costs instead. The bill will saddle property taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional underwriting fees and interest payments to Wall Street.

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Bucco Applauds Passage of 2 Percent Property Tax Cap

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Senator Anthony Bucco, Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a 2 percent property tax cap:

“This legislation shows that New Jersey is headed in the right direction to help make this state affordable again for businesses and families.

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Bucco Calls for Vote on Christie’s Property Tax Cap

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement today:

“Senate Democrats should meet immediately to overhaul the fraudulent, loophole-laden property tax cap legislation they foisted on the public during Monday’s midnight session. Before the committee launches into discussion of other long overdue reforms, the first order of business should be for the Legislature to give an up or down vote on Governor Christie’s reasonable 2.5% property tax cap proposal.”

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

Republicans Call on Democrats to Approve Property Tax Cap Now

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Today the five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee called on Democrats to concur with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of S-29, a statutory cap on property taxes. His conditional veto would impose a hard cap on property taxes and give voters a say in taxes.

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

Budget Committee Members: Library Funding Restored in FY 2011 Budget

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$4.3 Million Returned to 304 State Libraries

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee announced today that $4.3 million in funding for public libraries has been restored in next year’s state budget:

“No one denies that this year’s state budget is the most challenging budget in living memory. Of the many necessary savings that were made this year, cutting libraries has been one of the most problematic and difficult,” the members stated.

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Income Tax Hikes Have Not Solved Yearly Budget Crisis

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Time for a New Foundation that Encourages Small Business Job Growth

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage of legislation that would increase New Jersey’s income tax—again:

“Continuing the Corzine and McGreevey decade of higher income taxes has failed to bring our budget into balance. Budget deficits have only gotten worse. We have a responsibility to fix the broken budget system with a new economic foundation.

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Bucco: Christie Restores PAAD & Senior Gold Prescription Programs without a Tax Hike

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Prescription Co-Pays Restored to Last Year’s Levels

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement that the PAAD and Senior Gold prescription programs are being fully funded in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:

“I commend Governor Christie for taking a balanced approach to restoring the PAAD and Senior Gold co-payments to last year’s levels, without the need for higher taxes. As we draw nearer to the June 30 budget deadline we must redouble our efforts to send the governor legislation that promotes job growth for all New Jerseyans.”

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Require Helmets on Ski Slopes Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio that would require skiers under the age of 18 to wear helmets on the slopes unanimously passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.

“Skiing is an inherently dangerous sport,” Bucco stated. “It is necessary to mandate the use of helmets on the slopes by young people because of their relative lack of experience and the high speeds involved.”

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Bucco: Trenton Democrats Vow to Raise Taxes Again

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Like Snake Oil, Promised Benefits Will Never Be Realized

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following comment regarding the Democratic legislative leaders’ promise to increase taxes on the long suffering people of New Jersey:

“This is the 116th tax increase that the Trenton Democrats have proposed over the past eight years. 115 of those taxes have passed. This is nothing more than another example of their addiction to taxes. Like every tax increase this is always the last one. Nonsense, this is a return to the status quo of higher taxes and hyper-inflated spending. It is simply not a solution.

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