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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Call on NJEA to Offer Solutions to Prevent Disturbing Conduct Seen in Hidden-Camera Videos

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Encourage Teachers’ Union to Take Active Role in Upcoming Legislative Hearings

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco urged the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to offer solutions during upcoming legislative hearings to prevent the types of reprehensible conduct that was captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco urged the NJEA to offer solutions to prevent the reprehensible conduct captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders. (SenateNJ.com)

“I truly believe that most teachers are horrified by the hidden camera footage and don’t want their profession tarnished by the refusal of their own union to do what’s right,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I hope those good teachers will urge the NJEA to accept a seat at the table to engage productively in the upcoming legislative hearings. They should see this as an opportunity to excise this cancer that exists among them that has led to the NJEA’s horrific policy that every teacher should be protected at any cost.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Commend Hearings to Investigate Alarming Teacher Union Videos

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings of the Senate Education and Labor committees to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl.

Senators Pennacchio and Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl. (Flickr)

“The direct confirmation by teachers’ union reps that they’re willing to cover up horrendous accusations, such as sex with a student, is deeply disturbing and illegal,” said Pennacchio. “We all know the overwhelming majority of New Jersey teachers want what’s best for our students. It’s sad that these representatives are willing to sacrifice the safety of our children and tarnish the entire education profession to protect dangerous and predatory teachers.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Blasts Gov. Murphy for Giving 20% Raises to Unions

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Murphy Secured No Concessions from CWA While Asking for $1.7 Billion in Tax Increases from NJ Residents

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), the Senate Republican Budget Officer, blasted a contract negotiated by the Murphy Administration with the New Jersey CWA, which represents approximately 40,000 taxpayer funded union members employed by the State:

Sen. Anthony Bucco blasted a contract negotiated by Gov. Phil Murphy that would give tens of thousands of union members raises that could top 20 percent at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“It’s outrageous that Governor Murphy would give massive salary increases that could top 20 percent to union members without demanding anything in return for taxpayers, like concessions on expensive health benefits. It’s especially egregious considering the $1.7 billion in tax increases the Governor has proposed to fund his generosity with other people’s money. This wasn’t as much a contract negotiation as it was a pure giveaway.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney/Oroho/Bucco Bill Would Boost Vo-Tech Education, Fund School Security

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Measure Would Provide $1 Billion for Job Training, School Security

The Senate today voted to approve legislation that would seek voter approval for a plan to make significant investments in the vocational-technical education programs that meet critical job training needs and provide grants to improve school security across the state. The vote was 36-1.

The bipartsian legislation would seek voter approval for a plan to invest in New Jersey’s VoTech programs and improve school security. (Flickr)

Sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) the Career and Technical Education and Security Bond Act (S-2293) would provide $450 million in grants to county vocational-technical school districts, $500 million for school security grants, and $50 million for county college career and technical education grants. The bill was revised today to increase school security funds from $250 to $500 million. Continue Reading…

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Now Law: Pennacchio/Bucco ‘Pass the Trash’ Legislation to Protect Students from Abuse

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco to end the practice of “passing the trash” by preventing predatory teachers from continuing to victimize innocent kids at a different school.

Senator Pennacchio and Bucco’s “Pass the Trash” law was signed by the Governor.(SenateNJ.com)

“As I’ve said all along, the safety of our students is paramount,” Pennacchio (R-26) said. “By enacting the ‘Pass the Trash’ law, this state is honoring its responsibility to protect innocent children from chronically-abusive teachers. I am proud that we were able to do this on a bipartisan basis with the support of the Governor. This legislation will go a long way to safeguarding students from abuse.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Editorial: Hold Governor Accountable for Shocking Budget, Taxes

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The following editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) on Governor Phil Murphy’s massive budget and tax increase proposal was published by The Record on March 18, 2018:

Gov. Phil Murphy shocked all of New Jersey with an outrageous budget proposal that would massively increase state spending while raising taxes by billions of dollars on our already overtaxed families and businesses. While the Governor had promised tax increases during his campaign, the sheer scope of the proposal offered in his budget address last week left most in disbelief.

Editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco on Gov. Phil Murphy’s outrageous budget proposal that would massively increase state spending while raising taxes by billions. (©iStock)

Tellingly, Democratic legislators offered little applause as Murphy laid out the gory details of tax increases totaling more than $1.6 billion.

The Democratic leadership, which had seized every opportunity in recent years to criticize every aspect of the former administration’s budget proposals, scurried off the Assembly floor following the speech to avoid questions from the press.

What’s so distasteful? To start, Governor Murphy wants to hike spending by nearly $3 billion to $37.4 billion in 2019, an increase of almost eight percent over the current year’s budget.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco and Singleton Lay Out Plan to Help Small Businesses, Partnerships Preserve Deductibility of State Income Taxes

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Bipartisan plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it simply returns New Jersey state tax law to entity-level payment system that was in place prior to 1993

Senators Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) today announced a bipartisan legislative initiative that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for New Jersey’s small businesses and partnerships.

Sen. Steven Oroho speaking at State House press conference on March 5, 2018 with Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Troy Singleton, and Sen. Anthony Bucco to announce a plan to help New Jersey’s small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners.

“We’re going ‘Back to the Future’ with an IRS-proof solution,” said Senator Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “I don’t see how the IRS could challenge our decision to return to a tax system that was in place for decades. This legislation doesn’t solve the whole problem created by a federal tax law that targets New Jersey by sharply curtailing the federal deduction for State and Local Taxes. But we are going to do everything we can to help New Jersey taxpayers.”

“This legislation will save billions of dollars for the 80 percent of New Jersey’s 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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Bucco Blasts Murphy Administration’s Pension Fund Move

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Says Course Reversal Will Weaken Public Employee Pension Funds

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco blasted a move by Acting State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio that would weaken New Jersey’s public employee pension funds by backtracking on an important fiscal reform.

Sen. Anthony Bucco blasted a move by the Murphy Administration that would weaken the state’s pension funds by backtracking on an important fiscal reform. (Pixabay)

“Our pension funds got into bad shape by making overly optimistic projections on the rate of return that we could expect,” said Bucco. “An important part of the fiscal reforms instituted during the Christie Administration was reducing that assumed rate of return to a realistic level. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, but it was necessary. It’s disturbing that one of the Acting Treasurer’s first official announcements is to backtrack on such an important pension reform.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco/Ruiz Legislation to Protect Students from Chronically Abusive Teachers Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Seeks to End Process of “Passing the Trash”

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), and Senate Education Committee Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) to help flag teachers with allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct during a school’s hiring process has received final legislative approval and heads to Governor Murphy for his signature.

The bipartisan legislation will help to flag teachers with allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct during a school’s hiring process. (Flickr)

“It’s been a long road, but I’m glad to see that our effort to protect students from chronically abusive teachers is finally heading to the Governor’s desk,” said Pennacchio. “Parents need to trust that schools are able to screen out teachers with histories of sexual abuse before they ever get into a new classroom. That’s what our bill will ensure.”

The legislation, S-414, seeks to end the practice of “passing the trash,” a process through which teachers under investigation or subject to allegations of abusive behavior or sexual misconduct move from one school to the next to avoid being held accountable for their actions.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

PASSED: Bucco Bill Recognizes “Rare Disease Awareness Day”

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to build awareness and educate New Jerseyans on rare diseases that affect the public by designating the last day of February of each year as “Rare Disease Awareness Day” has passed the Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution promotes awareness of rare diseases such as ALS and cystic fibrosis. (Pixabay)

“Families battling rare diseases often face significant challenges, including misdiagnosis, underinvestment in related research, and a lack of support networks,” said Bucco. “By spreading awareness of the many challenges affecting those with rare diseases, we can help recognize the hardships of they face and encourage the development of better treatment options and systems of support.”

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