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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Republicans Have Been Only Consistent Voice in Legislature for Lowering New Jersey Taxes

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Says Waxing and Waning by Democrats on Billions in Taxes Is Driving Families & Employers from New Jersey

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said he wasn’t surprised that Senate President Stephen Sweeney is now backing off a massive business tax increase that he had proposed just weeks ago.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Senate President’s “haphazard approach” to tax policy is driving families and employers from New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The only thing that’s consistent about the Senate President’s approach to addressing New Jersey’s high tax burden is his inconsistency,” said Kean. “He pushed for raising income taxes for years, which we forcefully opposed, but suddenly changed his mind. He recently proposed hitting employers with the highest business taxes in the country, which we also opposed, and again he changed his mind just as abruptly. This constant uncertainty in future costs serves to drive families and employers from New Jersey, even if the harmful taxes are never actually implemented. New Jerseyans need more consistency from their leaders.”

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Senate Passes Kean Resolution Congratulating Israel on 70th Anniversary of Independence

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The New Jersey Senate has approved a joint resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s joint resolution (SJR-56) congratulates the State of Israel on 70 years of independence. Israel’s 70th anniversary will occur on April 20, 2018.  (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s trade partnership with Israel represents more than $1.6 billion. They have been our friends and allies for the better part of a century,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “The people of Israel are strong and resilient, but they need our continued support. This resolution represents our commitment to working with this great nation, as they strive to achieve peace with their neighbors in the Middle East and around the world.”

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Kean Statement on Murphy Budget and Tax Increase Proposals

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s Budget Message today:

“Democrats are going full speed ahead with a massive $2.7 billion spending hike, an increase of nearly 8 percent. It’s irresponsible and it represents a bad value for taxpayers.

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Governor Murphy’s proposal to increase the state budget by $2.7 billion and increase taxes on individuals and businesses. (Pixabay)

“Proposing to increase income taxes by nearly $800 million will only drive more employers from the state. Further, the Governor says raising taxes on businesses by $110 million will increase ‘the attractiveness of New Jersey as a location for investment and employment.’ He must be kidding to suggest that will help us to lure major employers like Amazon to New Jersey.

“While Democrats want to say they are only increasing taxes on millionaires and corporations, the Governor’s proposed $546 million sales tax increase would hurt all New Jerseyans. It’s beyond callous to say that New Jerseyans will not feel the impact of this change.

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Editorial: Republicans Can Be Guard Dogs Against Overreach in Trenton

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the role of Republicans in an era of single-party government in Trenton controlled by Democrats was published by The Record on March 9, 2018:

Although Democrats now control both the Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Legislature, Senate Republicans are committed to being more than just a voice of opposition.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at a joint State House press conference with Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick on March 12, 2018. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

In fact, we believe Republican leadership will help guide the public debate to produce real solutions. We’re working to be the difference makers in Trenton.

Our caucus is made up of dentists, chemists, lawyers, financial experts, and small business owners. We have a motivated, talented group of people who are united behind one simple goal: we want to make New Jersey worth the investment that our residents are making in it.

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Kean Says New Sweeney Business Tax Backtracks on Efforts to Make NJ Competitive, Affordable

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a new tax on New Jersey employers proposed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney today backtracks on a commitment to reforming the state’s tax and fiscal policies to make the Garden State more affordable and competitive with neighboring states.

Sen. Tom Kean said the Senate President’s proposed $657 million business tax increase will make the state less competitive, drive employers to other states, and hurt middle-class families. (Wikipedia)

“It is unfortunate that Senate President Sweeney has pulled back from his anti-tax talk, which echoed the arguments Republicans have been making for years about New Jersey’s crisis of affordability,” said Kean.  “Just when we seemed to be on the right track, Democrats have reverted to their old ways of demonizing employers and chasing jobs from New Jersey.”

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Kean Reintroduces Legislation to Create State Tax Deduction for Contributions to New Jersey Charities

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to boost charitable giving to New Jersey non-profits that are on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Sen. Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to create a state income tax deduction to support New Jersey’s charitable non-profit organizations. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation will establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to charities operating in New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s non-profit charitable organizations provide critical services to children, families, and seniors in need,” said Kean. “Those educational, cultural, and civic organizations make our communities stronger and safer, but they often struggle for resources. Creating a new tax deduction for charitable giving will give New Jersey’s charities a boost while providing residents a new opportunity for tax relief.”

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Kean, Bramnick & Muñoz Announce $5.4 Million in Funding for Local Transportation Projects

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Say TTF Grant Awards Represent Real Property Tax Relief

Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (all R-21) announced $5.4 million in awards for local road and bridge improvement projects from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

Kean, Bramnick, and Muñoz announced $5.4 million in TTF awards for local road and bridge improvement projects. (Pixabay)

“Our towns are set to receive millions of dollars from the TTF to help pay for critical road and bridge projects in our neighborhoods. Every dollar we get from the TTF to help fund these important projects is a dollar that property taxpayers won’t have to pay,” said Kean. “It’ll also help our commuters who often pay the biggest price in time and frustration when our transportation systems fail. They deserve safe and reliable transportation infrastructure and to know that we’re working to make things better.”

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Kean to Murphy: Nothing Is Free, Including “Free” Community College

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s push today for “free” community college:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s push for “free” community college by saying “nothing is free.” (Flickr)

“The offer of ‘free community college’ sounds great, but nothing is free. At a time when the State is already struggling to fund our schools, the additional cost to already overburdened New Jersey taxpayers would be immense.

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Kean Bills Addressing College Affordability Approved by Senate

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Part of Package of Bills to Help Students Graduate on Time, With Less Debt

The New Jersey Senate has approved a pair of bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help college students in New Jersey graduate on time and with less debt.

A pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to help college students graduate on time and with less debt has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (HESAA)

The bills are part of a legislative package advanced by the Senate today addressing the problem of college affordability.

“We have too many college students graduating with six-figures of debt, wondering how they’ll ever pay it off,” said Kean. “If they had gotten good advice up front on the importance of taking enough credits to graduate quickly, they could have planned better and avoided unnecessary debt. We need to do a better job of getting that message out.”

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Kean Reiterates Offer to Work With Murphy on Minimum Wage

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Says Room Exists for Bipartisan Solution

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Governor Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers.

Sen. Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Gov. Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers. (Pixabay)

“Immediately following his election, I made a public offer to work with Governor Murphy to raise the minimum wage to a level that’s modern and fair,” said Kean. “The offer still stands. We should work together to accomplish a minimum wage increase in a bipartisan way.”

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