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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Democrats Plan to Subpoena “Race to the Top” Officials

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats voted in favor of giving subpoena power to the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee to further investigate New Jersey’s “Race to the Top” application:

“I am disappointed that New Jersey did not receive ‘Race to the Top’ funding, but Democrats are wasting time and effort chasing a question that has long been answered. The former Education Commissioner has admitted he made the mistake on the application and accepted full responsibility for the error.

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Kean’s Human Trafficking Bill Clears Committee

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Recent Arrests Confirm Pervasive Issue in N.J.

A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that expands New Jersey’s Human Trafficking law was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that has a devastating impact on victims, their families and society as a whole, ” Kean stated. “We have a responsibility to help these victims who suffer in despair waiting for anyone to take up their cause and demand justice.”

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Tom Kean: Study Demonstrates Need to Move Christie’s Reform Agenda

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding a new study that reveals New Jersey’s outmigration rate is among the highest in the nation:

“Another study on the emigration of people from New Jersey is emphasizing the need for immediate, corrective measure to strengthen New Jersey’s economic position and policies. The time for fixing the blame is past. Now it is time to fix the problem.

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Tom Kean Statement on Governor Christie’s Pension Reform Agenda

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“Over the last two years, there has been a history of bipartisan progress that cannot be ignored. Whether it is ending borrowing without voter approval, controlling property taxes or beginning to restore solvency to the pension system, elected representatives of both parties have found common ground.

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GOP Leaders Request Immediate Action on Governor’s Toolkit

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Package of Bills Would Help Towns Rein in Property Taxes

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce sent a letter today to Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver asking them to post Governor Chris Christie’s toolkit measures for a vote. The toolkit measures will help towns rein in property taxes through a number of comprehensive measures including binding arbitration reform and civil service reform.

“Giving municipalities the tools they need to lower property taxes, while still maintaining essential government services, should be a top priority for the Legislature, ” Kean stated. “We passed a historic two percent property tax cap over the summer and now we need to follow it up by passing substantive government spending restraints.”

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Republican Leader Kean: Federal Government Chooses Form Over Substance

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Obama Administration to disqualify New Jersey’s “Race to the Top” application over a clerical error:

“I was disappointed to learn today that the Obama Administration found an easily corrected, clerical error more important than the substantive education reforms outlined in New Jersey’s ‘Race to the Top’ application. I trust the Obama Administration will explain to the people of New Jersey why form is more important than substance.

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Senators T. Kean & Doherty Ask Senate President Sweeney to Convene Hearings on Tax Abatement Policies

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, sent a letter today to Senate President Steve Sweeney asking him to convene hearings on the subject of tax abatement policy in New Jersey. Tax abatement and tax exemptions were the subject of a recent report released by the Office of the State Comptroller. The letter is attached.

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Kean Cites Comptroller Report as Support for His Legislative Reform Efforts

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) cited a recent Comptroller report highly critical of the secrecy and abuses surrounding tax exemptions and abatements as further reasons why reform bills he has sponsored should be given consideration. In a report issued today, the State Comptroller indicated that property tax exemptions and abatements awarded in certain areas of the State have been cloaked in secrecy and have skewed school funding policies.

Certain municipalities over the years have increasingly exempted major developers from paying property taxes that support municipalities, schools and counties. The municipalities have permitted the developers to make alternative payments to only the municipalities and they that were not shared with counties and schools.

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Kean Bill Aims to Streamline Insurance Costs and Lower Tuition for College Students

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One of Governor Christie’s Toolkit Initiatives

A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (Union) that would permit State colleges and universities to maintain their own workers compensation program was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“Allowing a state college to administer their own workers’ compensation program, will be more convenient for workers and more cost-efficient for colleges, ” Kean stated. “Any savings may then be passed onto students in the form of lower tuition and fees.”

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Kean Calls for Real Action

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Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) made the following statement in the context of today’s Assembly Budget hearing on the State’s structural deficit:

“The need to fix a decade long structural deficit in New Jersey is old news. What’s new is Governor Christie’s commitment to not raise taxes. The legislature should now build on the structural reforms started since Governor Christie took office. Here’s a plan of immediate action: further reforms to pension and health benefits, acting on proposals to save our gaming industry, and moving forward with ‘tool kit’ reforms that drive down the costs of government at the State and local levels. My hope is that we come to the center of the room and find these solutions in bipartisan hearings.”

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