Senator Anthony Bucco said the positive jobs numbers – announced today by Gov. Chris Christie at an event at Union County College – are the direct result of the Republican effort to limit spending and prevent tax increases.
“Over the last several years, we have worked with the administration to put New Jersey in a much better position in our shifting economy,” Senator Bucco (R–Morris) said. “By keeping firm on taxes and holding the line on spending, we have been able to lure in new job creators and give our state a chance to rebound from the crippling unemployment of the Great Recession.”
$1 Billion UI Fund Surplus Triggers $200 Million Tax Cut for Employers
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco said that strong anti-fraud measures signed into law in 2013 helped lead to a $1 billion surplus in the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and a $200 million tax cut on employers.
“The $200 million tax cut announced by Governor Christie today is a direct result of our efforts to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud,” said Bucco. “We increased penalties on those who fraudulently claimed benefits and added new safeguards to prevent those claims from being approved.”
The Governor highlighted a number of anti-fraud efforts which saved the UI fund hundreds of millions, helping to turn a $2.1 billion deficit into a positive balance of $1 billion.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to efficiently bolster security at community colleges, public and nonpublic schools passed the New Jersey Senate 38-0. The bill would create a new class of special law enforcement officers, comprised of retired-in-good-standing, former full-time New Jersey law enforcement officers younger than 65-years-old.
“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we expand school security to protect New Jersey schools from unforeseen threats to public safety,” Senator Bucco said. “Law enforcement officials agree – placing uniformed, properly trained officers in our schools deters criminals from threatening the lives of students and teachers. My legislation offers real solutions for protecting our schools and communities without overburdening taxpayers.”
Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths
Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.
“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee adopted legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to combat and prevent egregious violations of public trust and the illegal spending of taxpayer dollars by requiring all local officials to complete a training program on the Local Government Ethics Law.
“The people of New Jersey are fed up with corrupt officials who squander their hard-earned taxpayer dollars for political wheeling-and-dealing, greed, or personal gain,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Each year, we entrust municipal and county officers with $15 billion taxpayer dollars. Requiring these public servants to complete uniform, comprehensive ethics training will protect this investment and improve the integrity of all levels of local government.”
Legislation Prohibits Use of Arrest & Citation Data in Police Officer Performance Reviews
The Senate Law & Public Safety Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from considering the number of arrests made and citations issued by a police officer when evaluating the officer’s overall performance.
“There should be no doubt when a police officer makes an arrest or issues a speeding ticket that their action was the result of an honest and impartial effort to enforce the law,” said Bucco. “Any suggestion otherwise poisons the well of trust that is necessary for law enforcment agencies to work cooperatively and effectively with the communities they serve.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale and Senator Anthony Bucco to offer greater aid to members of the National Guard and Armed Services who are balancing military service and higher education was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.
“This legislation offers invaluable, duly-deserved support for the members of the military who risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear,” Senator Cardinale said. “Our pledge to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield. We can honor this promise by ensuring all of these heroes have the basic support they need to complete their college degree – an essential tool that will help them thrive here in the state they call home.”
Senator Receives ‘I Am For The Child’ Award from CASA of NJ
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco was honored with the ‘I am for the Child’ award by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey. The award was recognition of Bucco’s long-standing commitment to New Jersey’s children and his strong, consistent support of CASA advocacy across New Jersey.
“No government entity or agency can ever provide the care, advocacy, commitment and oversight that CASA volunteers and staff do every day for our youth,” said Bucco. “This remarkable network is a model for public-private partnerships, helping the state to better protect abused and neglected children, reducing public costs and enriching our society as a whole for generations to come.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a new class of special law enforcement officers to provide security at public and nonpublic schools was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“In moments of grave danger, every minute that our children and teachers go unprotected brings us one step closer to an unfathomable tragedy,” Senator Bucco said. “By passing this bill, we can meet today’s school security challenges and save lives without overburdening taxpayers. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for demonstrating their continued support of this important issue.”
Governor Christie has signed “Christopher’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to increase awareness of the dangers of operating pontoons in New Jersey waterways. The bill was named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, of Mount Arlington, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015.
“Less than a year ago, our community suffered a heartbreaking loss, and yet out of that tragedy as emerged a legacy that includes Christopher’s Law – my lifesaving legislation that will prevent countless fatal pontoon boating accidents for years to come,” Senator Bucco said. “I am proud to have sponsored this commonsense legislation that ensures all pontoon renters are aware of these dangers and receive the essential instruction they need to safely enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful lakes and waterways.”