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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Morris County School Aid Cuts Proposed by Murphy Will Deepen Property Tax Crisis

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Trio of Morris County School Districts Will Have State Aid Slashed by $3.6 Million

Senator Anthony M. Bucco warned that $3.6 million of cuts in State aid to a trio of Morris County school districts proposed by Governor Phil Murphy will deepen New Jersey’s property tax crisis and drive more families from the Garden State.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco warned that $3.6 million of cuts in State aid to a trio of Morris County school districts by Governor Phil Murphy will deepen New Jersey’s property tax crisis. (Pixabay)

“In a year when New Jersey will be spending record amounts on education, I’m extremely concerned that Governor Murphy is targeting some school districts in Morris County for major reductions in State aid,” said Bucco (R-25). “The governor’s cuts to local school funding will deepen our property tax crisis and drive more of our families to move to more affordable states.”

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Bucco: Murphy Budget is a Missed Opportunity

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco released the following statement after Governor Phil Murphy proposed his Fiscal Year 2021 budget in a Joint Session of the Legislature.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Murphy’s FY 2021 budget failed to offer beleaguered taxpayers any hope for a more affordable New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“This was a missed opportunity for a more affordable state for taxpayers. At $40.85 billion, this budget reflects an increase of more than 5 percent over the FY 2020 budget passed last year.

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Bucco: NJ Needs Tax Relief, Not Billions in New Spending

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said calls from a progressive coalition for $3 billion of higher taxes and new spending is the exact opposite of what New Jersey should do to improve affordability for families.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said calls from a progressive coalition for $3 billion of higher taxes and new spending is the exact opposite of what New Jersey should do to improve affordability for families. (Pixabay)

“Despite what these left-wing groups are saying, New Jersey’s problem isn’t that we tax and spend too little, it’s that we tax and spend too much,” said Bucco (R-25). “How many times have we been promised that another billion or two in taxes is the answer to all of our state’s problems? It’s never worked. We’re now stuck with the highest taxes in the country and a crisis of affordability that’s driving families and retirees from New Jersey in droves.”

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Senate Approves Bucco Bill to Support Garden State Entrepreneurs

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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 passed the New Jersey Senate.

Bucco’s legislation, S-967, revises the definition of “employer” within the workers’ compensation law to make certain exceptions.

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

“For a one-person business or partnership just staring out, acquiring worker’s compensation insurance solely for themselves is an onerous and expensive 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 companies from the ground up. Giving new business owners this option will allow them to use more of their money to grow their operations and possible higher employees in the future.”

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Bucco: Murphy Must Provide Clarity on Executive Order Requiring NJDEP to Impose “Climate Change Considerations” in Permitting

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Wants Governor to Explain How Order Will Be Applied Without Hurting Homeowners, Economic Growth, or Property Rights

Senator Anthony M. Bucco called for Governor Phil Murphy to provide clarity on Executive Order 100 which gives broad new powers to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to deny virtually any type of development due to undefined “climate change considerations.”

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco called for Gov. Murphy to provide clarity on Executive Order 100 which gives broad new powers to the NJDEP to deny virtually any type of development due to undefined ‘climate change considerations.’ (©iStock)

“We need a balanced approach to development that doesn’t add additional cost and complexity to projects when New Jersey is already over-regulated and too expensive for families and businesses,” said Bucco (R-25). “Governor Murphy should explain to New Jerseyans how the vague language of his executive order will be applied by the NJDEP without negatively impacting homeowners, economic growth, or property rights.”

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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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