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Senator Anthony Bucco

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on December 5, 2016 on legislation he sponsors, S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” (Facebook/Anthony Bucco)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as a “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll recipient by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program for his work to advance the growth of the state’s manufacturing industry. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco speaking with Dr. Ian Brodrick, medical director of Rockaway Family Medicine, as he receives his annual flu shot at Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion’s Flu Shot Clinic in Rockaway on Tuesday, September 13. Bucco urges all residents to get their annual flu shots.

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association on Dec. 3, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (left) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (right) were honored at the Columbian Foundation’s 74th Annual Humanitarian, Achievement and President’s Award Dinner on Oct. 17. Pictured with Netcong Mayor Joe Nametko. (Full Story)

  • During a Senate floor debate on June 25, 2015, Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco highlighted serious problems with the Democrats’ tax-raising 2016 state budget. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored for his service by Community Hope at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Reception. Pictured with Bucco are Community Hope Board President Eileen Griffith and CEO J. Michael Armstrong. (Full Story)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (center) was presented the Robert B. Meyner Award for his work on alimony reform by Paris P. Eliades (left), NJSBA President, and Jeralyn L. Lawrence (right), Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) toured the manufacturing facility of Tri-Power Designs in Denville, NJ to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (left) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutton to mark the completion of the theater’s Main Lobby Building Project in Morristown, NJ on September 29, 2014. (Facebook)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill Establishes Grace Period for Late Water & Sewer Bills

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New Jersey residents who fall behind on their water and sewer bills would be given a 30-day grace period before interest begins to accrue, under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco. The bill, S-2066, was today advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

NJ residents who fall behind on water and sewer bills would be given a 30-day grace period before interest begins to accrue, under Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill. (©iStock)

“When you’re already coping with the highest property taxes in the country, it can be pretty easy to fall behind on your utility bills,” Senator Anthony Bucco (R-26) said. “Giving consumers a 30-day break before interest starts piling up is a simple fix that will make it a lot easier for people to stay in their homes.”

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Bucco Says New Minimum Wage Law Will Lead to Layoffs and Automation

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Warns that Minimum Wage for Unemployed Workers Replaced by Robots or Kiosks is Zero

Senator Anthony Bucco said a law signed by Governor Phil Murphy today to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey from $8.85 to $15 per hour will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to raise the minimum wage from $8.85 to $15 per hour will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies like kiosks. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a small business owner, I understand how difficult it is to maintain employees’ jobs and benefits when we’re constantly faced with new taxes and expensive mandates from the State,” said Bucco (R-25). “I have no doubt that the huge costs being forced on employers by Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature will lead to reduced hours for workers, layoffs, and the faster adoption of automation technologies that already are driving workforce reductions in many industries.”

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Senate Passes Bipartisan School Security Bills

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The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with the resources they need to protect local schools.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana would give law enforcement the resources they need to protect NJ schools. (Wikimedia)

Their bill, S-2676, would require school boards to provide law enforcement with copies of blue prints and maps of schools and school grounds.

“When an unimaginable threat approaches a classroom door, there is no time to waste. Law enforcement officials shouldn’t have to scramble for information, when minutes could mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “There is nothing more important than the safety and security of our children. By providing access to school blue prints ahead of time, we can ensure that local police are prepared to protect our teachers and students from harm.”

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Bucco Military Bill Package Advances

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Legislation Increases Financial Support, Provides Fee Exemptions for Veterans

Three bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to support New Jersey veterans have passed the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Three bills sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco to support veterans have passed the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. (Flickr)

The first bill, S-2452, increases the state’s annual allowance for each blind, paraplegic, or hemiplegic veteran in New Jersey. As of 2018, 206 veterans are receiving assistance through the Blind Veterans’ Allowance Program or through the Paraplegic and Hemiplegic Veterans’ Allowance Program, with five receiving aid from both programs.
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Bucco Warns Democrats’ New Wage Mandates Will Lead to Layoffs and Automation

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Says Minimum Wage for Unemployed Workers Replaced by Robots or Kiosks is Zero

Senator Anthony Bucco said that a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats yesterday will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies. (Pixabay)

“As a small business owner, I understand how difficult it is to maintain employees’ jobs and benefits when we’re constantly faced with new taxes and expensive mandates from the State,” said Bucco (R-25). “I have no doubt that the huge costs being forced on employers by Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature will lead to reduced hours for workers, layoffs, and the faster adoption of automation technologies that are already leading to workforce reductions in many industries.”

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Bucco & Oroho: NJ’s High Business Taxes, Lax Oversight of Incentive Programs Has Created Environment for Abuse

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Call for Implementation of State Comptroller’s Tax Incentive Audit Recommendations

Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Steven Oroho said New Jersey’s extremely high business tax burden and lax oversight of tax incentive programs have created an environment for the kinds of abuses that were identified in an audit released this week by the State Comptroller. Further, they called for the implementation of the recommendations offered by the Comptroller to address the deficiencies that were found in the State’s tax incentive programs.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Steven Oroho said New Jersey’s extremely high business tax burden and lax oversight of tax incentive programs has created an environment for the kinds of abuses identified in an audit by the State Comptroller. (SenateNJ.com)

“With some of the highest business taxes in the nation, New Jersey provides a significant incentive for corporations to try to claim tax breaks they may not deserve,” said Bucco. “While that’s clearly wrong, it’s also incumbent upon the EDA as the organization that oversees tax incentive awards to ensure that tax credits aren’t claimed improperly. Stricter oversight of these programs is more important than ever following the imposition of $1 billion in new business tax surcharges by Governor Murphy last year.”

The Comptroller’s report highlighted a number of deficiencies at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the agency responsible for managing the State’s various business tax incentive programs.

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Bucco: Murphy’s Interest in ‘Tax Fairness’ Really About Funding His Expensive Progressive Agenda

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Calls on Governor to Lift People Up, Not Pull Them Down

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) said Governor Phil Murphy’s talk of advancing “tax fairness” is really just an excuse to tax more to spend more.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s talk of advancing tax fairness is really just an excuse to tax more to spend more. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s interest in ‘tax fairness’ is just an excuse to tax more to fund an expensive progressive agenda that New Jersey will never be able to afford,” said Bucco, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “If the governor were truly concerned about ‘fairness,’ he would find ways to lift struggling people up by cutting their taxes, instead of pulling down those who have managed to succeed in New Jersey by increasing tax burdens that are already excessive.”

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Oroho/Bucco/Sarlo/Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), and Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships has passed the State Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Oroho, Sarlo, Bucco and Singleton will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill is a product of the Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup, the blue-ribbon study group that made recommendations to improve New Jersey’s fiscal practices and economic strength. The legislation is part of the “Path To Progress” initiative.

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”
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Senate Passes Bucco/Oroho/Singleton Bill to Let NJ Businesses Challenge State Regulations

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New Jersey business owners would finally have the ability to push back against State regulations, under bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton. The bill, S-2345, passed the State Senate today.

Bipartisan legislation by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton giving New Jersey business owners the ability to push back against State regulations has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have seen a  mass exodus of small business owners in recent years, and many are leaving because of red tape,” Senator Bucco said. “Every business owner should have the opportunity to fight back against rules and regulations that keep them from growing a business here. The New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act is a great tool. I hope that this legislation will encourage business owners to speak out and help us cut red tape, so they can stay and prosper in New Jersey.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Bill Expanding Emergency Access to Lifesaving Prescriptions

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The New Jersey State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would allow a pharmacist to dispense an emergency supply of chronic maintenance drugs, without a current prescription from a doctor.

Sen. Bucco’s bill would expand the supply limit of certain medications to 30 days, ensuring people with serious conditions, such as allergies or diabetes, have enough on hand to keep them safe. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In the time it takes to get a doctor to authorize refill,  a patient with a serious medical condition can end up hospitalized – or worse,” Senator Bucco said. “When a woman reached out to my office to share how her son almost died because of a dangerous over-regulation, I knew we had to pass this bill. By easing access to emergency medications, we can ensure that no mother ever has to go through the fear of losing her child like that ever again.”

Senator Bucco’s legislation aims to help patients and caregivers such as Debra Reinhart, a New Jersey woman whose son almost died when he was unable to get his insulin prescription, according to a report by NJ Spotlight.

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