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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill on Educational Costs for Students in Domestic Violence Shelters Heads to Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) that requires the state to pay the additional educational costs of students who reside in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility for more than one years is heading to Governor Christie’s desk. Senator Ron Rice (D- Essex) is also a sponsor.

An administrative law court’s decision in 2010 redefined a “homeless” family. Once that family lives within a school district for 12 consecutive months, the financial responsibility of any school age children in that family is that district’s responsibility.

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Senator Bucco’s Remarks on the FY 2013 Budget

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) delivered the following remarks to the Senate during debate over the FY 2013 budget:

Thank you Senate President.

When I voted against this budget in committee, it had been in my hands for all of two hours. Legislators should not be called to vote on bills they haven’t seen like that.

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Bucco Bill Codifying Lyme Disease Reporting Requirements Clears Senate

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation codifying Lyme disease reporting regulations into state statute has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

S-1638 requires that diagnosed cases of Lyme must be reported to the health officer of a patient’s home jurisdiction within 24 hours. Reports must include pertinent personal, medical, and demographic information necessary to monitor the spread of the disease.

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Senator Bucco Responds to Democratic Budget Proposal

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) issued the following statement regarding the Democratic Senate Majority’s FY 2013 budget proposal:

Budget committee members were asked to approve a proposal that they first laid eyes upon just over an hour before the hearing began. The process by which this budget plan came about represents the worst in Trenton politics.

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Bucco Urges Action on Emergency Service Charges

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Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R- Morris) today urged Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney to ensure that specific action is taken to eliminate charges for local emergency services as they negotiate legislation to place all such “user fees” under the 2% property tax levy cap.

Bucco, in response to disturbing proposals in Passaic to charge residents hundreds of dollars for police, fire, or EMS response in the event of an emergency, has submitted legislation (S-1895) specifically prohibiting user fees for emergency services. He urged the Governor and Senate President to include such a provision in their overall efforts to ensure that user fees for any municipal, county, or school service are not used to circumvent state law capping property tax increases.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

UI Solvency, Private Sector Job Growth Show New Jersey’s Economy on Right Track

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Following testimony from Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senators Anthony Bucco, Kevin O’Toole, Steven Oroho, Joe Pennacchio, and Jennifer Beck remarked that the labor indicators presented to the committee show a marked turnaround for the state’s long term economic health.

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), Republican Budget Officer:

The Administration is to be applauded for putting the state’s unemployment insurance fund on the path to solvency more quickly than anyone expected. Through a combination of tax reforms, efficiencies, and aggressive prosecution of fraud and abuse, this Governor has fixed the mess he inherited as a result of years of diversions and fiscal irresponsibility by an unchecked Democratic Majority in Trenton.

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Bucco: “Horse Still Dead; ARC Still a Bad Deal for New Jersey”

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Following today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing on the state Department of Transportation’s FY 2013 spending blueprint, Senate Republicans’ Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) issued the following statement questioning Democrats’ continued obsession with the now-cancelled ARC Tunnel project:

You really have to question certain Democrats’ obsession with the ARC Tunnel project, and Commissioner Simpson today demonstrated why that obsession is a misguided political ploy.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Bucco Urges Better Local Leadership, Swift Fee Protection for Taxpayers

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the Senate’s Republican Budget Officer, issued this urgent message to municipal leaders who are imposing or considering additional public safety fees:

“At today’s Senate Budget Committee mayors’ roundtable, we heard no justification for burdening New Jerseyans with nonsensical fees for the basic services already funded via our nation-high property taxes,” said Bucco, R-Morris. “The argument, ‘municipalities have bills to pay, ‘ is simply insulting to families that pay high percentages of their incomes – in some cases tens of thousands of dollars – to local governments.

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Bucco Readying Legislation to Protect Taxpayers from Added Emergency Response Fees

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the Senate’s Republican Budget Officer, will soon submit legislation to limit the authority of municipalities to impose fees for emergency services.

The move comes in response to a NJ 101.5 FM report that several municipalities in the state are considering increasing or imposing new charges on residents when police, fire, or EMS personnel are called to respond to an emergent situation.

“Residents already pay fees for emergency services, they’re called property taxes,” said Bucco (R- Morris). “If the highest property taxes in America aren’t enough to support basic public safety and emergency services, then there is something severely wrong with our spending priorities as a state.”

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