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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Warns of Murphy’s Budget Cuts to Children’s Counseling, Mental Health & Drug Education Services

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Says Governor Is Out of Touch and Placing Progressive Policies Ahead of Children’s Health Care & Well-Being

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy’s revised budget proposal for FY 2021 cuts funding for proven school-based mental health counseling and municipal anti-drug programs for children while directing money into new programs like “baby bonds” that do little but generate headlines for the governor.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal cuts funding for proven school-based mental health counseling and municipal anti-drug programs for children while directing money into new programs like ‘baby bonds’ that do little but generate headlines for the governor. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have young children and teens who are struggling from months of social isolation, separation from their friends, and the stress of starting a new school year with the education landscape constantly changing,” said Bucco (R-25). “Many of those kids don’t have access to mental health services and are at an impressionable age when it comes to experimenting with drugs. Instead of bolstering proven school counseling and Municipal Alliance programs that are critically needed today, the governor is diverting funding to a dubious ‘baby bonds’ proposal that wouldn’t provide any benefit for decades. It looks like the governor is prioritizing his own headlines over children’s health care and well-being. This is out of touch with what the times demand to keep our kids safe.”

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Governor Signs Bucco Bill Declaring August 31 Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey

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Creates an Annual Observance to Fight Addiction

Governor Murphy today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco designating this date, August 31, as Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey.

Senator Bucco’s bill designating each August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey was signed into law today. (OverdoseDay.com)

“This somber annual observance will remember the lives lost, provide comfort to the families that struggle with the loss every day and support those battling the disease and in recovery,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is our hope that Overdose Awareness Day will shed a light on the horrors of drug abuse and help save lives.”

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Bucco: Indoor Dining Could Be Salvation for Struggling Restaurants

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Urges Gov. Murphy to Examine if 25% Capacity Limit Is Overly Cautious

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said that while he’s glad Governor Phil Murphy is finally allowing indoor dining to resume after a five-and-a-half month ban, he urged the governor to carefully examine if restaurants can safely reopen at greater than the 25% capacity limit that will be permitted initially.

Sen. Tony Bucco said that while he’s glad Gov. Phil Murphy is finally allowing indoor dining to resume, he urged the governor to carefully examine if restaurants can safely reopen at greater than the 25% capacity limit that will be permitted initially. (Pixabay)

“After enduring so much hardship, the return of indoor dining has the potential to be the financial salvation that our restaurants need to survive,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m worried, however, that limiting dining rooms to 25% will not be enough of a boost to compensate for a change in seasons that will quickly make outdoor dining less and less viable. I strongly urge the governor to examine if the 25% capacity limit is overly cautious in light of the months of planning, preparation, and reconfiguring that restaurants have undertaken to allow for a safe return to indoor dining.”

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Pennacchio & Bucco Introduce Legislation Protecting Veterans’ and Nursing Home Residents

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. The measure sets testing and visitation requirements and employment restrictions in response to the COVID outbreak.

Senator Pennacchio and Senator Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“These are the most vulnerable members of our society, and they have the right to expect responsive, respectful and caring treatment and safe living conditions,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The reality hasn’t met those expectations, and as a result, 7,000 souls died in the state’s care. This bill will help address issues that contributed to the loss of life. These changes are crucial to protecting residents now during the pandemic.”

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Senate Acts on Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for False Openings

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Bucco Measure Needed to Help Eateries Remain in Business

Legislation to reimburse restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for the return of indoor dining only to have that authorization rescinded was approved by the Senate today.

Restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for the return of indoor dining only to have that authorization rescinded could be reimbursed under Senator Bucco’s bipartisan legislation approved by the Senate today. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2704, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Anthony Bucco, would fund the reimbursements by appropriating $30 million to the Economic Development Authority from federal block grants allocated to the state from the CARES Act. The EDA would then provide direct financial support, by way of loans or grants, according to the bill.

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Bucco/Singleton Measure Cutting Taxes, Saving Jobs Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Troy Singleton that would provide protections for school employees covered by an existing collective bargaining agreement has passed both houses of the Legislature and now awaits consideration by the Governor.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Troy Singleton’s legislation that would provide protections for school employees covered by an existing collective bargaining agreement has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

The legislation (S-2303) prohibits employers from entering into subcontracting agreements which may affect the employment of any workers in a bargaining unit during the term of a contract. The Senate passed the measure in March and today voted to concur with Assembly amendments.

“This legislation will provide relief to property taxpayers, reduce the cost of healthcare for teachers, and protect the jobs of important school employees during these challenging times,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “Cafeteria workers, janitors and other valuable members of our school communities would be safe from having their jobs outsourced to vendors while they are protected by contract.”

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Bucco Bill Establishing Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Statewide Initiative is Necessary to Combat Addiction and Save Lives

August 31 of each year will be designated Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey under a bill sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Senate and Assembly today.

Senator Bucco’s bill designating August 31 of each year Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey was approved today by both houses and now awaits consideration by Governor Murphy. (OverdoseDay.com)

“Every day, the battle against substance abuse disorder and opioid-related death continues in this state and across the nation,” said Bucco (R-25). “Information can be empowering to those who often feel helpless against this deadly disease. Establishing this meaningful day will honor the lives of those lost to addiction for years to come and hopefully save many more from the grasp of drugs. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle must work together now more than ever to increase awareness and remove the stigma surrounding addiction.”

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Bucco Bill to Help Fill Important State Job Openings Clears Senate, Advances to Governor’s Desk

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The Measure Allows Retired State Workers to Return to Work to Help Deal with the Coronavirus Crisis

The Senate today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help meet increased demand for some public employees during the COVID pandemic.

The bill (A-3914/S-2376), approved unanimously by the Assembly in April, now moves to the Governor’s desk for review.

Senator Bucco’s legislation that would help meet increased demand for some public employees during the COVID pandemic was approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state can benefit by utilizing the expertise of recent retirees who are thoroughly trained, skilled, tested and ready to help,” said Bucco (R-25). “New Jersey is facing unprecedented challenges due to the virus, and the usual rules and regulations don’t always work to the public’s advantage. This is a sensible approach to providing critical support services during the crisis.”

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Bucco: New Jersey Can’t Afford the Same Murphy Tax-Borrow-and-Spend Policies

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco released the following statement in response to the revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposed today by Governor Murphy:

Senator Bucco said the budget proposed by Governor Murphy will only make New Jersey more unaffordable with new taxes, increased borrowing, and out-of-control spending. (SenateNJ.com)

“The governor has called for higher income taxes, higher business taxes and billions in borrowing, while making no serious spending cuts. That’s unacceptable. Everyone recognizes that the pandemic has created fiscal challenges and unprecedented uncertainties, but the Governor continues to single-handedly dig us into a deeper hole that is leading to a greater generational fiscal mess.

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Committee Approves Senate Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for False Openings

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Bucco Sponsors Measure to Help Struggling Hospitality Businesses

Legislation to reimburse restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for indoor dining’s return only to have that authorization rescinded was approved by a Senate committee today.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco to reimburse restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for indoor dining’s return only to have that authorization rescinded was advanced today. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2704, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Anthony Bucco, would fund the reimbursements by appropriating $30 million to the Economic Development Authority from federal block grants allocated to the state from the CARES Act. The EDA would then provide direct financial support, by way of loans or grants, according to the bill.

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