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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Expanding Business Tax Credits Clears Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. expanding a tax credit program for businesses located near commuter rail stations has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. S-1020 expands eligibility for transit hub tax credits to employers located in any municipality with a public railroad station.

“This legislation will help address two of New Jersey’s major challenges: job creation and traffic congestion,” said Senator Kean. “This bill serves as a catalyst to economic development by making more businesses located near public commuter rail stations eligible for tax credits, meaning more jobs created by current employers and more incentives for businesses to choose New Jersey as their base of operations. Furthermore, encouraging development in areas with access to our public transportation infrastructure takes cars off the road and will unclog New Jersey’s congested highways. I am encouraged that the Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved this measure, and hope that it meets with similar bi-partisan support when it reaches the floor of the Senate.”

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Senate Republicans Ask Majority to Consider Additional Jobs Legislation

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Calling unemployment in New Jersey a ‘problem that knows no partisan bounds’, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) was joined by his Republican colleagues in calling on Democrats to bring seven additional job creation bills up for consideration in the Senate. The measures, left untouched by the Majority since the beginning of the legislative year, would complement the Democrats’ stated desire to pass jobs focused legislation in the next two months:

“From the beginning of this legislative session, Republicans submitted countless job creation bills,” said Senator Kean. “We are encouraged that the Democrats have joined us this month in recognizing the unemployment problem in New Jersey. The proposals taken up by the Senate to address this issue should not be dictated by politics or the partisan affiliation of the sponsor. Today, Republicans will move that nine additional bills complementary to the Majority’s package but excluded from the agenda be brought to the floor for consideration. Unemployed workers deserve a government that works across party lines to consider every responsible proposal to create jobs and improve our economy.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Kean Hails Bi-Partisan Arbitration Reform Plan

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. today issued the following statement praising the arbitration reform agreement between Governor Christie and legislative leaders:

“By working together, we have restored balance to the arbitration process to better control property taxes for middle-class families,” said Senator Kean. “Too many families have reached a breaking point with their ability to afford the costly expenses of local government. With this agreement, public employees and taxpayers can continue to live, work, and raise their families in a state that is more affordable for all. This is truly a historic day for New Jersey.”

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Kean Statement on Pearl Harbor Day

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day:

“Every year we honor the thousands of people who lost their lives or were injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. That fateful day was a turning point in the War and in our country’s history and we are forever indebted to those brave men and women who altered the course of history.

“As we reflect, this day of commemoration is especially poignant as current members of our armed forces serve overseas around the globe. Each and every day, they put their lives on the line and go months without seeing family and friends so that we can be safe at home.

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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Sen. Kean Welcomes Dawn Marie Addiego to the New Jersey Senate

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) today welcomed former Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego (R- Burlington) as the newest member of the Senate Republican Caucus:

“Burlington County Republicans made an outstanding choice in Dawn Marie Addiego to fill the shoes of Phil Haines,” said Senator Kean. “Dawn’s tenure in the Assembly has been one of tireless advocacy for reform in order to make New Jersey a more affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. I know I am joined by all my Republican colleagues in welcoming Senator Addiego to the caucus, and we look forward to working with her to further our agenda of tax reform, job creation, and fiscal responsibility.”

Dawn Marie Addiego taking the oath of office to become the new Senator representing the 8th legislative district on Monday, December 6, 2010.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
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Senators Kean, Kyrillos: “Dems Are Right, They HAVE Done Too Little to Create Jobs”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) today said that while they are encouraged that Legislative Democrats have finally realized the need to focus on combating unemployment with less than a month to go in the legislative calendar, comprehensive job creation measures proposed by Republicans have been allowed to languish in the Senate:

“I welcome ideas from any legislator that will help put the 9.6% of New Jersey residents who are unemployed back to work,” said Senator Kean. “Senator Sweeney and Speaker Oliver are correct in their statement today that ‘little attention has been paid to the issue of jobs and the economy’ by the Legislature they control. Republican Senators, meanwhile, have submitted countless job creation proposals that have received little or no consideration by the Majority. Unemployed workers do not care if a bill comes from a Democrat or Republican. Those seeking employment simply want the dignity of a job, and deserve elected leaders who will consider all available options to put them back to work.”

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Senator Diane Allen
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Sen. Allen Appointed to Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) is pleased to announce that Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) has been appointed to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. She will fill the Republican vacancy on the committee left by Phil Haines, who has taken a seat on the New Jersey Superior Court.

“Senator Allen has demonstrated enormous compassion and concern for veterans and their families throughout her career,” said Senator Kean. “Time and again she has led the charge to ensure those who have served our country, as well as their families, receive the benefits, care, and assistance they deserve. Diane will be an outstanding addition to the committee and will work hard in her trademark, bipartisan spirit for the sake of New Jersey’s veterans.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Stop Stalling Over Toolkit Initiatives

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The following is an editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that was published on November 11, 2010 in The Record:

Building broad support for policy initiatives is an indispensible part of the legislative process. Reaching consensus more often than not takes a great deal of time and effort- particularly when the answers to complicated problems are not readily obvious.

However, pleas for more time to build “consensus” can also be used by those controlling the agenda at the State Capitol as an excuse not to act. With less than two months remaining in the legislative year, the Democrat Majority has yet to take up a package of reforms that would put a lid on our state’s highest in the nation property taxes- one that even they acknowledge is a necessary compliment to the 2% property tax cap passed earlier this year.

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Tom Kean Statement on the Death of Cary Edwards

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding the death of Cary Edwards:

“I am truly saddened to learn that Cary Edwards has lost his courageous fight against cancer. He was a friend of the family and an exemplary public servant. He truly loved New Jersey and from an early age dedicated his energy, intellect and spirit to serving the people of this State.

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GOP Senators Call on Senate President to Post “Toolkit” Measures for a Vote

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All sixteen Republican members of the New Jersey Senate signed a letter today asking Senate President Steve Sweeney to post Governor Chris Christie’s ‘toolkit’ measures for a vote. The toolkit includes a number of comprehensive measures that will make it possible to rein in property taxes, including common-sense reforms to binding arbitration and civil service.

The full letter follows:

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