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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco to Murphy: Fixing NJ’s Broken Unemployment System Not a “Waste” of Money

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed shock at Governor Phil Murphy’s suggestion at his press briefing today that investing funds to fix the State’s broken unemployment system would be “throwing good money after bad.”

Sen. Tony Bucco expressed shock at Gov. Phil Murphy’s suggestion at his press briefing today that investing funds to fix the State’s broken unemployment system would be ‘throwing good money after bad.’ (Pixabay)

The governor then suggested that he believed New Jersey should wait for the federal government to rebuild the unemployment system on their end, saying, “I don’t want to waste money in the meantime.”

“It defies belief that Governor Murphy would say it’s a ‘waste’ of money to fix our unemployment system for those who need quick access to the benefits they earned to survive,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s shocking that the governor is willing to sit back and wait while people are suffering when there’s no indication that federal action is on the horizon.”

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Bucco: Murphy Must Detail Plans for Fixing Broken Unemployment, MVC & Vaccine Computer Systems

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed disappointment that Governor Phil Murphy failed to offer details of plans to modernize and fix critical computer systems in his State budget proposal for FY 2022 that was unveiled today.

Sen. Tony Bucco expressed disappointment that Gov. Phil Murphy failed to offer details of plans to modernize and fix critical computer systems in his State budget proposal for next year. (Pixabay)

“Over the past year, millions of New Jerseyans have suffered due to broken and outdated State computer systems that are responsible for unemployment benefits, MVC transactions, and scheduling vaccine appointments,” said Bucco (R-25). “When Governor Murphy is sitting on a multi-billion dollar budget surplus, it’s beyond disappointing that he was unwilling to detail any planned investments in upgrading these critical systems that people depend upon.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Editorial: Murphy Must Upgrade Broken Unemployment, MVC & Vaccine Scheduling Computer Systems

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The following editorial by Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) calling on Governor Phil Murphy to upgrade the broken State unemployment, motor vehicle, and vaccine scheduling computer systems was published by NJ.com on February 20, 2021:

For far too long, New Jersey has failed to invest in upgrading and modernizing some of its most critical computer systems. This past year made it clear we cannot delay these important projects any longer.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Tony Bucco calls on Gov. Phil Murphy to upgrade the broken State unemployment, motor vehicle, and vaccine scheduling computer systems. (Pixabay)

It’s not just old systems that are broken. In recent weeks, a flood of people have told me the new COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system doesn’t work either.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, thousands of constituents have contacted my office for help after trying and failing on their own to get the services they deserve from the Division of Unemployment Insurance and the Motor Vehicle Commission.

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Bucco Measure to Designate March 9 as ‘Covid-19 Heroes Day’ Clears Senate

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s resolution to designate March 9 of each year as “Covid-19 Heroes Day” to honor essential workers was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tony Bucco’s resolution to designate March 9 of each year as “Covid-19 Heroes Day” to honor essential workers was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Essential workers have put their own health, and indeed their own lives, at risk for the well-being of all New Jerseyans,” said Bucco (R-25). “By designating March 9 as ‘Covid-19 Heroes Day,’ we will help bring awareness to these courageous individuals and honor them for their service and sacrifice.”

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Bucco Bill Establishing Task Force to Protect New Jerseyans from Telemarketer Harassment Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment and intimidation was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee. (Pixabay)

“In order to reduce the harassment and intimidation carried out by some telemarketers, we need to modernize consumer protections to keep up with advancing technology,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will establish a task force, consisting of experts and individuals who have experienced telemarketing harassment, to develop strategies to combat this awful behavior.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Measure to Designate March 9 as ‘Covid-19 Heroes Day’ Clears Committee

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s resolution to designate March 9 of each year as “Covid-19 Heroes Day” to honor essential workers was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution to designate March 9 of each year as “Covid-19 Heroes Day” was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our health care professionals, first responders, caregivers, and so many other essential workers heeded the call and put themselves at risk during our time of great need,” said Bucco (R-25). “By designating March 9 as ‘Covid-19 Heroes Day,’ we will help bring awareness to these courageous individuals and honor them for their service and sacrifice.”

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Panel Approves Bucco Bill Authorizing Municipalities to Use Email to Send Tax Bills and Construction Permits

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Municipalities would be authorized to issue property tax bills, construction permits, and receipts for payment of municipal fees and charges by email under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that was advanced today by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

Under Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s bill, municipalities would be authorized to issue property tax bills, construction permits and receipts for payment of municipal fees and charges by email. (Pixabay)

Under the bill, S-724, local governments would have the option of adopting an ordinance designating the use of email as an authorized means of delivery, but they would be required to continue providing printed copies by mail, at no additional charge.

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Bucco to Murphy: ‘Let Parents Watch the Game’

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Says Precautions Can Keep Indoor High School and Youth Sports Safe

Noting the heightened importance of family bonds during the stressful pandemic, Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on the Governor to allow the parents of high school and youth athletes to be spectators at indoor events.

Noting the heightened importance of family bonds during the stressful pandemic, Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on the Governor to allow the parents of high school and youth athletes to be spectators at indoor events. (Pixabay)

“We should be encouraging parents to support their student athletes and cheer them on from a distance,” said Bucco (R-25). “By following common-sense precautions, social distancing, and wearing masks, a limited number of family members would be able to enjoy games without risk of spreading the virus.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Touchdown! Murphy Heeds Calls by O’Scanlon & Bucco to Lift Bar/Restaurant Restrictions for Super Bowl

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony Bucco claimed victory in their effort to convince Governor Murphy to loosen indoor dining restrictions in advance of the Super Bowl.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony Bucco claimed victory in their effort to convince Gov. Murphy to loosen indoor dining restrictions in advance of the Super Bowl. (©iStock)

“I’m glad Governor Murphy listened to us and made some reasonable adjustments to the indoor dining restrictions to help our struggling bars and restaurants in advance of the Super Bowl,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “We hope this is the first step in a continual loosening of restrictions that will help thousands of sidelined employees in the hospitality industry get back to work.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & Bucco Launch Online Petition Urging Governor Murphy to Lift 10 PM Bar/Restaurant Curfew for Super Bowl

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco launched an online petition urging Governor Phil Murphy to lift his 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Tony Bucco launched an online petition urging Gov. Phil Murphy to lift his 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl. (©iStock)

“The governor has said that there’s no evidence that indoor dining has led to coronavirus transmission, yet he’s sticking by arbitrary operating restrictions that have done nothing but hurt our community bars and restaurants and the many thousands of people they employ,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “While I think the 10 p.m. curfew needs to be eliminated going forward and the 25% indoor capacity raised significantly, the least Governor Murphy can do is let people enjoy the entirety of the Super Bowl at their favorite establishment without forcing them to go home before the end of the game.”

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