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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Help for New Jersey’s Small Businesses Is On The Way

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NJEDA Will Provide Millions in Loans and Grants

Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the package of initiatives introduced by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to help small and mid-size businesses persist through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded the package of initiatives introduced by the NJEDA to help small and mid-size businesses persist through the COVID-19 pandemic. (NJEDA)

“Small businesses across New Jersey are struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 crisis, and they need our help,” said Bucco (R-25). “We must protect the paychecks of working families and help small companies come back stronger than ever. These proactive measures will support keeping small businesses in operation, and ensure more New Jerseyans keep their jobs.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Calls on Murphy to Sign Bipartisan Tax Filing Bill, Help NJ Taxpayers

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Measure Would Extend NJ Tax Filing Deadline for Families, Business

Senator Anthony M. Bucco today urged Governor Murphy to sign legislation extending the New Jersey tax filing deadline to June 30.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said April 15 is rapidly approaching, and called on Gov. Murphy to sign his legislation extending the New Jersey tax filing deadline to June 30. (SenateNJ.com)

“The coronavirus has disrupted normal life. Workers who had stable jobs suddenly find themselves unable to make a living due to necessary restrictions ordered by the governor to slow the spread of the disease,” said Bucco (R-25). “Businesses have shut down, and people are worried. The current deadline is April 15, just three weeks away. The extension is warranted and necessary, especially for taxpayers who may end up owing a tax payment to the state.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Bucco Bill to Aid Employers Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak Signed by Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would authorize the Economic Development Authority to issue emergency grants for businesses suffering from the COVID-19 crisis was signed into law today by the Governor.

The Governor signed legislation sponsored by Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that will provide assistance to businesses suffering from the COVID-19 breakout. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (A-3845/S-32284) was one of a large package of coronavirus relief measures fast-tracked through the Legislature and approved by the Senate during the session on Thursday.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Clears Bill Package to Combat the COVID-19 Crisis

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In a major bipartisan effort, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared 27 bills today that will help the state address the COVID-19 crisis now, and in the months ahead.

In a major bipartisan effort, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared 27 bills that will help the state address the COVID-19 crisis now, and in the months ahead. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is an international health care crisis that will have consequences that extend to many other aspects of our lives in New Jersey. The immediate threat is to the health and safety of residents in communities throughout the state, but it also threatens to have an impact on everything from education, medical care, public services, jobs, the economy and the finances of individuals and families. This is a time when government is needed more than ever,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We won’t be able to solve it overnight and we can’t prevent all the negative effects from happening, but there are actions we can take to contain the spread of the virus, to care for those who become infected and to help those who are impacted. These bills will help.”

“Our society is facing an unprecedented challenge from COVID-19 that requires a coordinated response by all levels and branches of government,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature are working together to advance legislation that is critical to the well-being of the Garden State. The critical measures we advanced today will help governments and schools to continue serving people and support the many needs of families and employers during this difficult time. As more concerns are identified, we will continue to address them together.”

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Bucco/Singleton Bill to Save Jobs, Cut Taxes Clears Senate

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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 was advanced today by the Senate.

Sen. Bucco’s bipartisan legislation saving taxpayer money and protecting the jobs of school cafeteria workers and other employees was approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2303) prohibits employers from entering subcontracting agreements which may affect the employment of any workers in a bargaining unit during the term of a contract.

“This legislation is part of a collective effort to make New Jersey more affordable and protect jobs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It will help cut property taxes, reduce healthcare costs for teachers, and protect the jobs of valued school employees in this difficult time. Cafeteria workers, janitors and other important members of our school communities would be immune from having their jobs outsourced to vendors while they are protected by a contract.”

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Bucco: Families & Employers Will Need Help to Respond to COVID-19

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Says State and Federal Lawmakers Must Be Prepared to Act Quickly

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s likely that New Jersey families and their employers will need significant assistance as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on society.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said state and federal lawmakers must be prepared to act quickly to provide significant assistance to New Jersey families and their employers to address the impact of COVID-19 on society. (CDC)

“The far-reaching impact of COVID-19 on life in New Jersey and across the United States could be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” said Bucco (R-25). “New Jersey learned some tough but important lessons about disaster management as a result of 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy. Most importantly, we learned how important it is for state and federal lawmakers to address emergent needs as quickly as possible. Legislation is already being considered, on a bipartisan basis, to address the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Pennacchio/Oroho Applaud DEP Grants for Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lakes to Fight Harmful Algae Blooms

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Senator Anthony Bucco, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steve Oroho welcomed news of three grants from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help control harmful algal blooms and maintain clean water at Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake.

Sens. Bucco, Pennacchio and Oroho today lauded news of DEP grants to fight algal blooms like the ones that forced the closure of Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake last summer, but they say this is only the first step, and the State must do more to ensure clean water and strong lake economies. (SenateNJ)

DEP announced approval of $2.5 million to evaluate innovative approaches to mitigate and prevent algae outbreaks like the ones that forced the closure of Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake for recreational use last year.

“This is the good news we’ve been waiting for, and our hope is the State is beginning to recognize its responsibility to maintain these valuable assets,” said Bucco (R-25). “The grants will fund projects that are crucial for the lakes and the communities surrounding the lakes. I thank the DEP and the Administration for their support, but this wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, Morris and Sussex counties and the municipalities surrounding the Lake. They are all to be commended for working together to complete and file the grant applications on time, and with the hard dollars necessary to support the projects.”

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Bucco: Glad Legislative Leaders, NJEA Working Together on Reforms to Lower Costs for Taxpayers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco responded to a new proposal by legislative leaders and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) that could lower healthcare premiums for the union’s members and reduce costs for taxpayers.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco responded to a new proposal by legislative leaders and the NJEA that could lower healthcare premiums for the union’s members and reduce costs for taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“I’m glad that legislative leaders and the NJEA are finally working together to negotiate cost-saving reforms that are acceptable to both parties,” said Bucco (R-25). “The announcement is a reflection that everyone agrees the cost of healthcare is too high and more must be done to lower costs for both teachers and taxpayers.”

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Bucco Introduces Measure to Help Rescue Unwanted Pets

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco introduced the “New Jersey Safe Haven for Protection of Domestic Companion Animals Act” to save pets from abandonment.

Sen. Anthony Bucco introduced the “New Jersey Safe Haven for Protection of Domestic Companion Animals Act” to save pets from abandonment. (©iStock)

“Sometimes life can throw curveballs, which may leave one in a situation where they are unable to properly care for their pet,” said Bucco (R-25). “Our furry friends deserve to be loved, rescued, and re-homed, not abandoned on the side of the road, or worse. Allowing animal shelters, pounds, veterinary hospitals, and police stations to accept unwanted pets will help prevent animal neglect and save the lives of companion animals across the Garden State.”

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Bucco Measure Will Make it Easier For Drivers by Allowing Registration to be Displayed on Smartphones

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco passed the Senate today which allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on devices like smartphones and tablets.

Drivers would be allowed to show proof of vehicle registration on smartphones and other digital devices under Sen. Bucco’s legislation. (©iStock)

“People often have a hard time locating a paper registration card in a cluttered glove box during the stress of a traffic stop,” said Bucco (R-25). “It may provide drivers a bit of relief knowing they’ll be able to use a smartphone app to prove their car is properly registered. This will also save drivers from the hassle and costs of responding to unnecessary tickets for failing to provide proof of registration.”

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