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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

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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Senator Anthony Bucco

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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Kyrillos & Bucco Bill Protecting Consumers and Small Business Owners Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) and Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) that updates New Jersey’s “Franchise Practices Act” was signed into law today. The bill is intended to prevent manufacturers of motor vehicles from imposing certain requirements on their dealers, which dealers allege have been damaging to their businesses.

“Manufacturers should not be imposing unreasonable requirements on dealers, which often times increases the costs for consumers and places New Jersey businesses at risk, ” stated Kyrillos. “This is a common-sense law that protects the rights of small business owners and will stem the tide of dealership closures that have resulted in the loss of thousands of good jobs and local businesses across New Jersey.”

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Bucco and Ciesla’s Bill Educating Teens About Dating Violence Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and Andy Ciesla (R-Ocean) that requires the Department of Education to develop a school district dating violence policy and require districts to provide dating violence education in the health curriculum was signed into law today.

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

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Budget Committee Republicans: “Fear Mongers Distort Christie Budget’s Commitment to Healthcare”

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Following a hearing on Governor Christie’s FY 2012 proposed budget appropriations for healthcare, Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today praised the administration for maintaining quality healthcare services for those in need:

“The Administration’s proposed budget maintains New Jersey’s commitment to providing access to quality healthcare for those most in need. No amount of politically heated rhetoric can change the fact that this budget proposal increases Charity Care funding by $10 million to $675 million, fully funds PAAD for seniors, or invests $90 million in Graduate Medical Education for our next generation of healthcare providers.

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Senator Bucco: 2% Property Tax Cap Shows Concrete Results

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100% of Morris County Districts Stay Under Cap

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco commented today on the effects of the 2 percent property tax cap enacted by the Legislature in 2010:

“Last summer the Senate and General Assembly enacted a 2 percent property tax cap on school districts and municipalities statewide. Many naysayers thought that this cap would have little or no effect; they were wrong.

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

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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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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