Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his call for votes on Port Authority reform legislation during the voting sessions in the Senate and General Assembly on May 26th, saying that the Democratic sponsors of conditionally vetoed legislation have agreed that we should move forward to adopt the governor’s recommendations.
“There’s bipartisan consensus that the Legislature should adopt my approach to Port Authority reform that’s represented in the governor’s conditional veto recommendations,” said Kean. “I urge Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto to schedule the final legislative votes for tomorrow that are needed to enact these long-awaited Port Authority reforms.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Senate and Assembly voting sessions newly scheduled for Thursday, May 26th present the perfect opportunity for the New Jersey Legislature to give final legislative approval to long-delayed Port Authority reforms.
Kean is the sponsor of S-355 which provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“I truly believe that Republicans and Democrats have been working toward the same goals with Port Authority reform,” said Kean. “We all want to make the Port Authority more accountable and transparent and eliminate opportunities for abuse. I hope that Senators Gordon and Weinberg will join me by helping to push this important effort over the finish line this week.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Governor Chris Christie’s action today on pending legislation reaffirms that the approach taken in S-355 represents the only path forward on Port Authority reform legislation:
“The governors of New York and New Jersey, both parties in both houses of the New York Legislature and Republicans in the New Jersey Legislature are on board with my Port Authority reform legislation,” said Kean. “It’s time for New Jersey Senate Democrats to get with the program and stop delaying the adoption and implementation of these critical reforms that represent the only workable path forward.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has announced plans to sponsor a state budget resolution to expand funding for the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) by $1 million over FY 2016 levels.
The $3.565 million resolution would fully restore a $2.565 reduction of EOF in the proposed FY 2017 state budget, and further expand the program’s funding by $1 million in the upcoming fiscal year.
“Senate Republicans understand that education is the single greatest pathway to economic opportunity for New Jersey residents,” said Kean. “For the aspiring young students who aren’t sure how they’ll afford tuition or succeed in a college environment, the EOF represents a critical support structure. Our funding proposal will ensure that the EOF can continue to serve those who need it.”
New Jersey students who are eligible for NJ STARS would receive notification of eligibility during each year of high school, and general information in eighth grade, under a bill introduced Monday by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union.) Currently, students only receive notification of eligibility to NJ STARS in their freshman and junior years of high school.
“Each year, tens of thousands of graduates leave to pursue a four-year degree out of state,” Senator Singer said. “Unless we work to keep students here, this will have a serious impact on our economy. NJ STARS gives talented students a solid reason to choose to complete their college education in New Jersey. To secure a strong and prosperous future, we need to ensure eligible students receive notification of this program as early as eighth grade, and at every stage of their high school education.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to prohibit “upskirting” by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy statutes.
“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.
“Handheld digital devices have made it possible to violate people’s privacy in ways that weren’t possible just a few years ago,” said Kean. “A voyeur can snap a cell phone picture of an unsuspecting victim in seconds and share it online to the entire world. This new law will provide a strong deterrent to prevent this abhorrent activity.”
“We’ve read too many reports of upskirting pictures being traded online like baseball cards,” said O’Toole. “Once a victim’s picture is posted online, it can be nearly impossible to have it removed from all of the sites that share it. I applaud the Governor for supporting our effort to put a stop to upskirting.”
Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.
The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.
“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”
Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.
Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.
When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.
“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his effort to help New Jersey’s non-profits while reducing the burden on state taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 24, 2016:
New Jersey’s nonprofit charitable organizations improve people’s lives every day, and offer much-needed support in times of crisis.
While our nonprofit groups have repeatedly risen to the task, including after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, they are facing new financial pressures that put at risk their future ability to respond.
A concerning new report by New Jersey’s Center for Non-Profits has shed light on just how difficult it has become for the state’s charities to meet growing needs.