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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Murphy’s Mismanagement of Unemployment System Hurting Workers, Businesses & NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Unemployed Workers Who Need Benefits Still Not Getting Paid, While Freeloaders Refuse to Work Impeding NJ’s Economic Recovery

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting both workers and businesses that are struggling to recover.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting workers, businesses, and New Jersey’s economic recovery. (Pixabay)

“We have this perverse situation where unemployed workers with families still can’t get their benefits approved by the Murphy administration, while freeloaders who could go back to work continue to get checks they no longer deserve,” said Bucco (R-25). “I still have constituents who have been waiting months for their claims to be approved, and I have a growing number of businesses telling me that workers would rather stay on unemployment than return to work. On both sides of the equation, the Murphy administration is at fault.”

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Bucco Bill Easing Tax Burden on Small Businesses Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to ensure that PPP loans that are forgiven by the Federal Government are exempt from New Jersey’s gross income tax was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco to ensure that PPP loans that are forgiven by the Federal Government are exempt from New Jersey’s gross income tax was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the small business community in New Jersey. I can name dozens of family restaurants, small retail shops, and other establishments that have either closed their doors forever or are struggling everyday to stay open,” said Bucco (R-25). “During this extremely difficult time, small business owners should not have to worry about additional taxes. My legislation will eliminate the State tax and keep the State from profiting off the backs of businesses that continue to struggle during the pandemic.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes Advances

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey.

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced $10 million of funding sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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Bucco Encourages Governor to Open “Shot and a Beer” Program to Every Bar & Restaurant

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Says Broader Program Could Encourage Residents Across NJ to Start Visiting Local Eateries & Watering Holes Again

Senator Anthony M. Bucco encouraged the Murphy Administration to open the “Shot and a Beer” COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to any bar or restaurant in New Jersey that wants to participate.

Sen. Tony Bucco encouraged the Murphy Administration to open the ‘Shot and a Beer’ COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to any bar or restaurant in New Jersey that wants to participate. (Pixabay)

“After a tough year, we’ve heard from a number of bar and restaurant owners who are looking for opportunities to convince patrons to start dining out again,” said Bucco (R-25). “The ‘Shot and a Beer’ program has the potential to encourage New Jerseyans in every community to return to the local eateries and watering holes they may not have visited since the pandemic began. Once people visit for the first time and realize it’s safe, we hope it will become part of their regular routines again.”

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Bucco Bill Establishing Clear Guidance for Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

“Although many dining establishments have already taken measures to protect patrons from the coronavirus, so much of the guidance they receive varies by county or municipality,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will provide clear and practical requirements for these businesses, which will be applied universally across New Jersey, so that they can recover and reopen as quickly as possible.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco/Sweeney Legislation to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senate President Stephen Sweeney to fund pediatric cancer research in New Jersey has been advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Sen. Tony Bucco joined with legislators, advocates, and families impacted by pediatric cancer, including survivor Grace Eline, for a conversation on Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day in February. (Sen. Anthony M. Bucco/Facebook)

“As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

The bill, S-3724, appropriates $5 million to the New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Fund. The fund will be created through separate legislation, S-1431, which is expected to advance simultaneously.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel/Bucco Bill Aiding Nonprofit Service Providers Clears Panel

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Measure Would Help Cut Costs for Organizations like Meals on Wheels

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The benefits afforded by Meals on Wheels and other mobile providers are invaluable to residents across the state,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “Our support of these beneficial nonprofits will help yield more and better services for those who need assistance. This is a step toward a stronger New Jersey.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Advances

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Allows Voluntary Designation on Drivers’ License Indicating ASD or Communication Disability

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate the status on their driver’s license or identification card was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon sponsor legislation that would help law enforcement and first responders interact with an individual with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder. (Flickr)

The bill will help law enforcement and first responders interact with those with conditions that can make them difficult to understand or appear to be uncooperative.

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Bucco Legislation Making it Easier for Restaurants to Use Heaters and Tents During Pandemic Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish statewide standards for the use of heaters and tents by restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish statewide standards for the use of heaters and tents by restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Throughout this pandemic, restaurant owners have been frustrated with the ever-changing COVID protocols, particularly with those concerning outdoor dining in tents—which even seemed to vary by county or municipality,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will establish statewide standards that will make it much easier, and far less complex, for our small business owners to facilitate outdoor dining.”

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Bucco Introduces Bill to End Repeated MVC Agency Closures

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to end the repeated Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency closures that have caused unnecessary disruption and inconvenience to New Jersey drivers.

A screenshot of the NJMVC website taken on April 26, 2021 showing seven agency closures due to COVID-19. New legislation by Sen. Tony Bucco would require agencies to remain open or offer reasonable alternatives on site, including mobile units. (NJMVC)

“Every day we hear of another MVC agency that’s closing for two weeks because a single worker has COVID,” said Bucco (R-25). “Nobody else operates like that. Your grocery store doesn’t close for days or weeks every time a cashier tests positive. They sanitize, test, and get back to work safely without missing a beat. There simply is no good excuse for the repeated disruption of service at our MVC agencies.”

Under current operating procedures, an MVC agency closes for up to 14 days when a single employee has COVID-19.

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