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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: As Inflation Continues to Rise, Trenton Democrats Ignored Easy Opportunity to Help New Jerseyans

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Republicans Proposed Ending Tax Bracket Creep to Save NJ Families from $543 Million Income Tax Increase

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Trenton Democrats ignored an easy opportunity to help New Jerseyans struggling with inflation following news that the cost of goods and services is now rising at the fastest rate in more than 40 years.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said Trenton Democrats ignored an easy opportunity to help New Jerseyans struggling with inflation following news that the cost of goods and services is now rising at the fastest rate in more than 40 years. (©iStock)

“Inflation doesn’t just impact how much you pay at the grocery store, it also impacts how much you pay in state income taxes,” said Bucco (R-25). “That’s because New Jersey is one of the few states that doesn’t index its tax brackets for inflation, which means cost-of-living pay increases can push workers into higher tax rates where they pay more. In fact, New Jersey families will pay $543 million more in income taxes this year because Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats refused to work with us to fix the problem of tax bracket creep.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer & Bucco Bill Assisting Service Members and Veterans with No-Fee Legal Assistance Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help military service members and veterans with cost-free legal representation in civil issues was approved today in the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would help military service members and veterans with cost-free legal representation in civil issues was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The Military Pro Bono Program would be established in the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs under the legislation, S-1388.

“Thousands of New Jersey residents are serving in the armed forces on active-duty or as reserves,” said Senator Singer (R-30). “Many will be returning home after deployments oversees in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere. Some may have been adversely affected by or during deployment and may require legal help or guidance to re-establish their lives back home.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans Call for Action to End Tax Bracket Creep After Treasury Estimates $543 Million Income Tax Increase Next Year

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Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases next year due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of “tax bracket creep” at $543 million in FY 2023.

Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of ‘tax bracket creep’ at $543 million in FY 2023. (Pixabay)

“I’ve been pushing Democrats and the Murphy administration to work with us to index New Jersey’s income tax brackets for inflation, just like the federal government and dozens of other states,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25). “We now know that failure to act will cost New Jersey families more than half-a-billion dollars in income tax increases next year. On top of record-high gas prices and rising costs for groceries, it’s yet another expense that people can’t afford.”

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Bucco: Delays in Workplace Cannabis Rules Dangerous & Unacceptable

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s (CRC) failure to issue critical rules that employers need to keep workplaces safe following the start of legal recreational cannabis sales in New Jersey is dangerous and unacceptable.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said the Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s failure to issue critical rules that employers need to keep workplaces safe following the start of legal recreational cannabis sales in New Jersey is dangerous and unacceptable. (Pixabay)

“Now that cannabis is being sold legally in New Jersey, it’s much more likely that employees will show up to work impaired or with traces of the drug in their system,” said Bucco (R-25). “That could be extremely dangerous at a construction site, in a hospital, or in the airline industry where any level of impairment could result in serious accidents. Even though the start of recreational pot sales was delayed by months, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission still hasn’t found the time to issue the rules for the drug recognition experts that employers are required to have to determine if employees are high while they’re working. This continued inaction is an unacceptable failure that hopefully won’t result in tragedy.”

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Bucco Bill that Will Help Reduce Property Taxes by Cutting Government Red Tape Clears Committee

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Municipalities may soon be able to reduce property taxes by using an individual’s income tax refund to cover the cost of their delinquent property taxes thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Municipalities may soon be able to reduce property taxes by using an individual’s income tax refund to cover the cost of their delinquent property taxes thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey’s antiquated tax laws regarding delinquent property taxes have consistently led to higher property taxes for homeowners throughout the state,” said Bucco (R-25). “In fact, delinquent property taxes have forced municipalities to place more funds in reserve for uncollected taxes—an action that inevitably raises all of our taxes. My legislation will allow localities to credit an individual’s income tax refund toward their delinquent property taxes. This small, but important change will make it much easier for local taxing authorities to collect on delinquent property tax obligations, reduce the reserve funds for uncollected taxes, and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned dollars.”

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Bucco Discusses Solutions to Improve School Security

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In light of recent events, Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s important for legislators, school administrators, and parents to discuss and review security measures to ensure that children and their teachers are protected in our schools.

In light of recent events, Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said it’s important for legislators, school administrators, and parents to discuss and review security measures to ensure that children and their teachers are protected in our schools. (Pixabay)

“The tragedy in Uvalde has everyone asking if we’re doing everything we can do to keep our schools safe,” said Bucco (R-25). “In answering that question, it’s important that we look at both existing resources that are available to districts today and new laws and programs that can prevent violence and increase the security readiness of our schools.”

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Bucco Bill Increasing Notification Requirements for Land Development Gaining Support

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With growing bipartisan support, Senator Anthony M. Bucco is hopeful legislative leadership will move forward with his bill to help residents keep up to date with potential real estate development in their communities.

With growing bipartisan support, Sen. Anthony M. Bucco is hopeful legislative leadership will move forward with his bill to help residents keep up to date with potential real estate development in their communities. (SenateNJ.com)

The measure (S-2435) sponsored by Bucco (R-25) and Senator Joe Cryan (D-20), would protect New Jerseyans by extending the time required for public notice of land use applications to 21 days from the current 10.

“Too often, entire neighborhoods are altered forever by large developments that effect traffic patterns, environmental conditions, and the quality of life, and these changes are approved before residents even know what hit them,” Senator Bucco said. “Ten days isn’t enough time for families to organize, consider the ramifications, and respond in any capacity.

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Senator Jon Bramnick
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Mike Doherty

Republican Senators Laud Judiciary Action on Superior Court Judges

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Senators Michael Doherty, Kristin Corrado, Jon Bramnick and Anthony M. Bucco, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after 11 new Superior Court judges were cleared by the panel:

Senators Michael Doherty, Kristin Corrado, Jon Bramnick and Anthony M. Bucco, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee,  lauded the panel for clearing 11 new Superior Court judges. (©iStock)

“After the long delay, we have seen meaningful progress. It is a move in the right direction. We commend the efforts of Senate President Scutari, Chairman Stack, and the committee members to break the logjam. We hope that today is only the beginning of a process that will result in filling the dozens of judicial vacancies that still remain. Such an action will allow the judiciary to address the thousands of cases that remain backed up all over the state.”

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Bucco Lauds Success of NJ’s First All-Female High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team

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The Sisters 1st FRC Team 8513 from Villa Walsh Academy is More than Building Robots

When the all-female robotics team from Villa Walsh Academy embarked on their first-ever competition in the global FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) league, expectations were tempered, and the rookie team’s success came as a surprise to almost everyone – except for Senator Anthony M. Bucco.

When the all-female robotics team from Villa Walsh Academy embarked on their first-ever competition in the global FIRST Robotics Competition, expectations were tempered, and the rookie team’s success came as a surprise to almost everyone – except for Senator Anthony M. Bucco. (SenateNJ.com)

“Those of us who have followed the progress of these young ladies over the last year know you should never underestimate these kids,” said Bucco. “These high schoolers are determined, focused, and inspired by some fantastic teachers and mentors. They don’t know the word ‘can’t,’ and their ability to work under pressure is proven.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that they exceeded every expectation this year,” Bucco continued.

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Bucco Bill to help Prevent Veteran Suicide Clears Committee

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Members of the public may soon be able to submit direct donations for the prevention of veteran suicide thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Members of the public may soon be able to submit direct donations for the prevention of veteran suicide thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco and advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“According to the latest report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the suicide rate among veterans remains extremely high, accounting for thousands of lives every year. And tragically, the psychological and economic consequences of the pandemic have been devastating for many of the brave men and women who have served this country,” said Bucco (R-25). “For the last two and a half years, this unprecedented crisis has been a stressor for vulnerable veterans with existing mental health issues and has put them at higher risk for suicide and other adverse outcomes. My legislation will dramatically increase funding for suicide prevention campaigns so that our veterans, as well as their loved ones, know that help is always available.”

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