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Kean & Corrado Applaud Pay Equity Executive Order

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Corrado to Introduce Comprehensive Pay Equity Legislation

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) applauded an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy today to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado applauded an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce. (SenateNJ.com)

“The salary offered to a prospective employee should be based on what a job is worth rather than the candidate’s prior compensation,” said Kean. “In instances where a person was the victim of pay discrimination in a previous job, this executive order will help them to advance their career free of any long-term income effects that might otherwise follow.”

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Kean Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Increase Affordability, Opportunity in Reorganization Remarks

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At today’s reorganization of the New Jersey Senate, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for a bipartisan effort to transform the Garden State into a place where affordability and opportunity abound. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the reorganization of the New Jersey Senate at the State House on January 9, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

I’d like to start by welcoming colleagues old and new, and all of our families and guests, who have joined us today for this reorganization of the New Jersey Senate.

Voters across the state and in each of our particular districts have made their voices heard and sent the 40 of us to this chamber to do an important job.

We all worked hard to get to this exact point.

It is important that we remember why we all made the choice to engage in public service; we care deeply about New Jersey, and about the future that our friends, families, and neighbors have in the Garden State.

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Kean Statement on Passing of Governor Brendan Byrne

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of former New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne:

Governor Brendan T. Byrne passed away on January 4, 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I’ve had the honor of knowing Governor Byrne for many years, and I’m deeply saddened by his passing.

“He will be remembered for his intelligence and humor, as well as his dedication to New Jersey that continued long after his two terms as Governor. Few people have worked harder to make the Garden State a better place for all of its residents than Brendan Byrne.”

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Kean & Bramnick Secure Transportation Funding to Study Midtown Direct Service on Raritan Valley Line

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Part of Long-Standing Effort with Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to Improve & Expand “One-Seat” Rides into Manhattan

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced the inclusion of $5 million in a supplemental transportation funding bill (S-3635) to study enhancements to New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, including the expansion of “one-seat” rides into Manhattan.

Sen. Tom Kean and Asm. Jon Bramnick secured funding to study enhancements to NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, including the expansion of one-seat rides into Manhattan. (SenateNJ.com)

Far too many passengers riding that line into New York are still forced to switch trains at Newark Penn Station, adding time and hassle to already lengthy and difficult commutes.

“There are a number of hurdles that we must clear to make a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line possible for more passengers,” said Kean. “The study we have secured funding for is the next step in understanding everything that must be done to allow improved and expanded Midtown Direct service from towns along the line like Roselle Park, Garwood, Cranford, and Westfield.”

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Senate Approves Kean’s Bill Creating Ombudsman for Developmentally Disabled Individuals

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create an ombudsman to serve as an advocate for individuals with intellectual or developmentally disabilities has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation creates an ombudsman to serve as an advocate for individuals with intellectual or developmentally disabilities. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey offers a number of support channels for individuals with developmental disabilities – so many, that it has become increasingly difficult for families to understand where they need to go, or who they need to talk to access these services,” Senator Kean explained. “Creating a central point of contact will ensure families can secure the resources they need to help their disabled loved ones thrive.”

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Kean Praises NY/NJ Agreement to Fully Fund Local Share of Gateway Tunnel Project

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised an agreement reached by the governors of New York and New Jersey to fully fund the local share of the Gateway Tunnel project pursuant to a 2015 framework agreement with the federal government.

Sen. Tom Kean praised an agreement between New York and New Jersey to fully fund the local share of the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today’s announcement is great news for New Jersey commuters and the Tri-State economy,” said Kean. “It’s recognition that new trans-Hudson rail tunnels are long overdue and beneficial in equal measure to both New York and New Jersey.”

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Kean Statement on Selection of Muoio as State Treasurer

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the selection of Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio to serve as State Treasurer by Governor-elect Phil Murphy:

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on the selection of Asw. Elizabeth Muoio to serve as State Treasurer by Gov.-elect Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senate Republicans look forward to the confirmation process when we will have the opportunity to review Assemblywoman Muoio’s nomination as State Treasurer.

“I expect our members will examine the extent to which she is prepared to manage the State’s cash flow, finances, and $35 billion budget.”

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Kean Legislation to Study Migration of NJ’s High School Graduates to Out-of-State Colleges Passes Committee

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Garden State Is Nation’s Top Exporter of College-Bound Students

The Senate Higher Education Committee has approved legislation by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to study why so many New Jersey high school graduates choose to attend college in other states.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill directs the NJ Secretary of Higher Education to study why so many NJ high school graduates choose to attend college in other states. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey has more high school graduates head to out-of-state colleges than any other state in the nation,” said Kean, a member of the committee. “Many never return home after college to strengthen our workforce, build our economy, or to make civic contributions to our communities. This brain drain is a real loss to the Garden State, and it’s something that we must understand better to reverse.”

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Kean Effort to Continue Fight Against Campus Sexual Assaults Advances

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Says Measure Has Added Significance Given National Conversation on Predatory Behavior

The Senate Higher Education Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that seeks to improve how New Jersey prevents and responds to campus sexual assaults.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation seeks to improve how New Jersey prevents and responds to campus sexual assaults. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean said that measure has added significance given the current national conversation surrounding alleged predatory sexual behavior by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Roy Moore.

“We must be cognizant of how dangerous patterns of behavior that later plague our workplaces often first appear when students are in college,” said Kean. “It’s critical that we prevent the development of predatory patterns early and demonstrate to victims the value of coming forward to share their stories.”

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Kean Disappointed Democrats Have Ignored Offer to Work Together on Minimum Wage Increase, Middle-Class Income Tax Cuts

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts.

Sen. Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean issued the following statement following today’s minimum wage announcement by Governor-elect Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker-designate Craig Coughlin:

“It’s clear that New Jerseyans are tired of the extreme partisanship that has consumed national politics in Washington, and they want more civility at all levels of government, including here in New Jersey.

“That’s why my first public statement following the election was an offer to work with Governor-elect Murphy and the Democratic leadership of the Senate and General Assembly on a proposed bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage to a fair and modern level and cut income taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans.

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