Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean discussed efforts to protect the 1.5 million New Jerseyans living in homeowners’ associations on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
The following editorial by Senate Republican leader Tom Kean on the need to ensure the cost-share funding agreement to build the Gateway Tunnel remains on track and enact vigorous Port Authority reforms was published in the Star-Ledger on Nov. 19, 2015:
The federal government’s commitment to cover at least half of the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel project, as proposed by Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, is an extraordinary accomplishment for New Jersey and the linchpin to a project that is vitally important to the region’s and New Jersey’s economy.
With a fair funding agreement for a badly needed new Hudson rail tunnel in place, New Jersey commuters and taxpayers have a reason to celebrate and lawmakers here have an added incentive to enact languishing reforms.
The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the 2016-17 legislative session.
“I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support. Senate Republicans will continue to create and advance solutions to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire,” Kean said. “I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent on lowering costs, creating jobs, enhancing education, empowering people and shoring up our infrastructure and benefits systems. We may disagree on some policy items, but those priorities of our constituents are not debatable and must get done in the session ahead.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean introduced the “Association Homeowners’ Protection Act of 2015,” to empower more than a million New Jersey residents in homeowners’ associations.
“This vital legislation will protect and empower the more than one million New Jersey residents in condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes who each pay several hundred to several thousand dollars per year in homeowners’ association dues,” Kean said. “Too many hardworking, middle-class homeowners have endured costly, time-consuming and stressful conflicts with obstructionist or nontransparent association administrators or management companies, simply because a 22-year-old state law isn’t as strong or clear as it should be.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following in response to today’s Senate Democrat announcement about their plans to introduce plans:
“In late April, after touring the state for months to meet with stakeholders, educators, employers and people in the workforce, the Senate Republican caucus culminated the rollout of a 36-bill jobs package to grow the economy without costing overtaxed residents any more money. Legislative Democrats have signed onto and voted to help us advance 15 of these bills so far.
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his bipartisan legislation to bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market was published in the Star Ledger on Oct. 13, 2015.
In 2014, four casinos in Atlantic City were shuttered and 8,000 workers left out of a job. Revenue in the once thriving resort town now besieged with competing interests in neighboring states was more than cut in half from 2006 to 2013.
Atlantic City does not operate in a vacuum. The city’s success and failures directly and substantially affect the entire state, particularly in terms of jobs and sales tax revenues. Declining revenue and jobs in Atlantic City mean less state revenue to pay for things like transportation, education and public worker pensions.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement reiterating his focus on ensuring true mental health reform:
“The only thing Steve Sweeney is interested in accomplishing today is grabbing a few politically expedient headlines. He’s been setting the stage for a political dog and pony show for the last few weeks, while Senate Republicans have been working on finding a real compromise solution. I’m interested in getting people with mental health issues the help they need and preventing them from doing harm to others, not playing partisan games.
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on Senate Republican solutions to address the root causes of New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes was published in the Asbury Park Press on October 9, 2015.
To ensure three generations of families can stay together in a prosperous and thriving New Jersey, property tax bills must finally be lowered.
Senate Republicans and I are advocating for solutions to address the top three root causes of this state’s nation-high property tax burden: local government spending, costly mandates and the need for education reform.
New Jersey has thousands of layers of local government, which, through legislation that my colleagues and I sponsor, should share services, consolidate and decrease duplicative and wasteful local government costs.
A Senate committee passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.
“I’d like to thank the committee chairman for joining me in pushing this vital economic growth bill,” Kean said. “This cost-free measure would get more middle-class people back to work in a wide variety of careers and increase state revenues by enhancing state tourism, entertainment and a variety of industries from retail to restaurant to hospitality. There is tremendous value in the ability to consistently draw world-class entertainment here, especially considering widely successful A-Lister residencies in Las Vegas, where there’s no state income tax. The more than 50,000 fans who paid to see A-List performer Maroon 5 in August gives a glimpse of how Atlantic City can transform into a premier entertainment destination, drawing tourists from the most-densely populated northeast corridor; two of America’s largest cities that are each less than two hours away; and from around the world via nearby international airports.”
Legislation in Action: NJIT Breaks Ground on Science, Engineering Facility Funded by Kean’s ‘Building Our Future Bond Act’
On Thursday, Senator Kean attended the groundbreaking of NJIT’s $19 million world-class life sciences and engineering facility, designed to foster revolutionary research and high quality instruction. The State covered $13.5 million of the cost to build the facility, thanks in part to Sen. Kean’s “Building Our Future Bond Act.” This voter-approved legislation provides a $750 million bond to vastly improve infrastructure and instruction at public universities, such as NJIT, over a period of 20 years.
“Today’s groundbreaking proves that the people of New Jersey made the right decision when they voted to approve a $750 million bond to fund desperately needed upgrades to higher education institutions across the State,” Senator Kean said.