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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Electric Bills to Rise in June, More Hikes to Come Under Murphy’s Expensive Energy Plan

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said price increases that are set to hit most New Jersey electric bills in June won’t be the last under Governor Phil Murphy’s new energy plan.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said price increases that are set to hit most New Jersey electric bills in June won’t be the last under Gov. Phil Murphy’s new energy plan. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has pledged a radical upheaval of New Jersey’s energy supply and infrastructure, which will lead to huge cost increases for our families and small businesses,” said Bucco (R-25). “As the governor’s plan is implemented, New Jerseyans will be hit with a massive energy tax that will make living in New Jersey even more unaffordable. The electric rate hikes that will hit bills in June are likely the first of many if the governor has his way.”

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Editorial: Murphy’s Energy Plan Will Create Big Tax for NJ Residents

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The following editorial by Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) on Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan was published by The Record on January 31, 2020:

In the state with the highest property tax bills in the nation and a crisis of affordability that’s driving a mass exodus to more affordable places, it’s outrageous that Gov. Phil Murphy would proactively add to the financial burden of New Jersey residents with a costly new energy tax.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco explains how Gov. Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan will drive up utility bills and eliminate consumer choice in this editorial. (Pixabay)

Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan (EMP) has an end game of eliminating consumer choices by rapidly shutting off access to natural gas, and requiring mass electrification even though the technologies don’t exist to meet the round-the-clock, on-demand energy needs of our 9 million residents. It also ignores the fact that 75 percent of homes need natural gas for heating and cooking, and our businesses want it for clean, reliable and affordable power.

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Bucco: NJ Families & Businesses Need Affordable Energy Plan

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Governor’s Energy Master Plan Will Increase Cost to Customers by Phasing Out Clean Natural Gas

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said New Jersey needs a more balanced and practical approach to meet its energy needs than what was proposed in Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan, which phases out natural gas, is another example of the governor not understanding the extreme cost to New Jerseyans for implementing his far-left progressive agenda. (Pixabay)

Under the Governor’s proposal, the state would begin to phase out the use of natural gas, which is the most affordable energy resource, and pursue higher-cost energy policies. A poll by the Operating Engineers released last week showed two-thirds of residents opposed the plan.

“While Governor Murphy’s energy plan may earn him pats on the back from other liberal millionaires, it’s nothing more than a tax that will drive up gas and electric bills of hard-working New Jerseyans who are already at the limit of what they can afford,” added Bucco. “It’s another example of the governor not understanding the extreme cost of implementing a far-left progressive agenda. Instead of offering relief that people are seeking, he’s promising higher energy bills that will drive the outmigration of more families and businesses from New Jersey.”

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Bucco Bill to Support New Jersey Entrepreneurs Advances

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Improves Workers’ Comp Laws for Small Startups

Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation to assist New Jersey entrepreneurs and reform workers’ compensation laws has advanced in the Senate Labor Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation to assist entrepreneurs and reform workers’ compensation laws has advanced. (©iStock)

“For a one-person business or partnership just staring out, acquiring worker’s compensation insurance solely for themselves is an onerous and pricey mandate,” said Bucco (R-25). “Starting a business in New Jersey is expensive as it is, so we should look for every opportunity to lower unnecessary costs for those creating businesses from the ground up. Giving new businesses owners this option will allow them to use more of their money as they see fit.”

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Bucco Bill Helping Veterans Pursue Insurance Jobs Signed by Governor

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s measure assisting veterans seeking careers in the insurance industry has been signed into law.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation waiving the initial insurance producer-licensing fee for veterans who have passed the license exam has been signed into law. (Flickr)

The bill, A1924/S2930 waives the initial insurance producer-licensing fee for veterans who have passed the license exam.

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NOW LAW: Bucco Bill Allows Towns to Highlight Efforts to Control Property Taxes

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Says It Will Encourage Shared Services to Lower Cost of Government

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco providing towns an opportunity to highlight their efforts to control property taxes through shared service agreements has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco providing towns an opportunity to highlight their efforts to control property taxes through shared service agreements has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey residents struggle to pay the nation’s highest property tax bills, and they want to know what’s being done to ease that burden,” said Bucco (R-25). “This new law provides towns with the opportunity to show directly on property tax bills how they are using shared service agreements to produce savings for taxpayers.”

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Governor Signs Bucco Measure Bolstering Historic Washington Association

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco expanding the board of the Washington Association of New Jersey (“WANJ”) has been signed into law.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco to strengthen the historic Washington Association of New Jersey by expanding its board to 18 members has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (A4370/S2919) allows the board of the association, chartered in 1874, to expand to 18 members.

“The association plays a crucial role in preserving the legacy of George Washington and New Jersey’s significant contributions in the Revolutionary War,” said Bucco (R-25). “The future of WANJ and its treasured historic sites depends on dedicated volunteers. The addition of new leadership voices to the existing core of committed members will bring new ideas and renewed energy to the ambitious mission.”

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NOW LAW: Bucco Bill Naming The Seeing Eye® Dog as State Dog of NJ

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Bill Honors Service Animals Trained by New Jersey Non-Profit

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation to designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official State Dog of New Jersey has been signed into law.

The late Sen. Anthony R. Bucco holding a Seeing Eye® dog. (SenateNJ.com)

“Since 1929, Seeing Eye dogs have been trained to enhance the ability of people who are blind, helping them to live more independently,” said Bucco (R-25). “The signing of this legislation will help our great state pay tribute to these intelligent canines and better inform the public about the wonderful work these dogs do on a daily basis for people who are blind and visually impaired.”

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Bucco: Governor Sending Mixed Messages on Jobs

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the goal of Governor Murphy’s Jobs NJ plan to address the skills gap to help prospective employees meet the needs of employers sounds positive, but expressed concern that the sum of the Governor’s anti-worker actions will hurt many New Jerseyans.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the sum of the Governor’s anti-worker actions will hurt many New Jerseyans, pointing to automated kiosks that have begun to replace many low-income workers in response to progressive wage policies. (SenateNJ.com)

“The general goal of ensuring that New Jerseyans in the workforce have the skills that employers value makes a lot of sense,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m concerned, however, that the totality of the Governor’s tax-increasing and anti-worker policies will set us back two steps for every step forward we take to create more opportunity for New Jerseyans.”

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Bucco: Murphy Has No Plan to Improve Affordability

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed concern that Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address included no plan to improve affordability for New Jersey residents.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco expressed concern that Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State address included no plan to improve affordability for New Jersey residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Legislature spent the past few weeks pushing through a wish list of Governor Murphy’s progressive priorities, including nearly 200 bills yesterday, and today we heard him call for more of the same,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unfortunately, what we didn’t hear from the Governor was any plan to improve affordability for the people of New Jersey. In fact, his call for higher taxes will only add to a combined tax burden that is already among the highest in the nation.”

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