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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Proposal to Cut Corporate Tax Rate Means Broad Based Job Creation”

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) said today that all legislators concerned about job creation should support a broad based reduction in the corporate tax rate as recently proposed by Governor Christie. Kean stated that New Jersey’s large corporate tax burden is the chief impediment to sustainable, permanent job creation:

“A corporate tax rate of 9% practically shows the door to employers and the jobs they sustain and create,” said Senator Kean. “One need only look to the closing of Sony’s Pitman plant to understand the consequences our state faces should we fail to act. 300 people in South Jersey employed by that facility are set to lose their livelihoods because it is cheaper to do the work in Indiana. A fact of life in this challenging economy is that job creators will move to the lowest cost environment. If New Jersey chooses not to compete, we will continue to lose jobs and talented citizens to other states.”

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Tom Kean Lauds Governor Christie for Firing Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie’s decision to remove six members of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. The Governor has initiated termination for cause proceedings against the Commissioners due to reports of nepotism and abusive contracting practices:

“New Jersey finally has a Governor who is willing to enforce high ethical standards at every level of government. The PVSC Commissioners in question seem to have no remorse for, or desire to fix, the blatantly unethical hiring and contracting practices that occurred on their watches.

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Tom Kean: “Children in Failing Schools Need Immediate Help”

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The following remarks were delivered by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee during its consideration of S-1872, the Opportunity Scholarship Act:

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Thank you, Chairman Sarlo, and thank you to Senator Ray Lesniak, my partner in this fight.

Those of us from across the ideological spectrum who support this bill see a shared characteristic of every chronically failing school in every troubled district:

That they were not broken in a day, and they cannot be fixed overnight.

Solving problems that have snowballed over many years requires the sort of big ideas and big reforms that take time to achieve.

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Tom Kean: “Governor Christie’s Address Reminds Us of Unfinished Legislative Business”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Chris Christie’s 2011 State of the State Address:

“The Governor has once again shown that he is willing to lead and make the difficult choices our state’s economy desperately needs. He laid out an agenda today that is precisely what the public demands: an affordable state government, property tax relief, the creation of permanent jobs, and the opportunity for every child to receive a quality education and to pursue a higher education. Senate Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Governor for one reason and one reason alone: because his priorities are the right priorities for New Jersey taxpayers.

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Tom Kean, Jr. Statement on National Human Trafficking Day

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement in recognition of National Human Trafficking Day:

“It is incumbent upon our great nation to lead the world in standing up for the basic human rights of every man, woman, and child on this planet. Human trafficking is a modern slave trade that violates the God-given freedoms of its victims and allows perpetrators to arbitrarily devalue human life for personal gain.

“I applaud Attorney General Dow, the Anti-Trafficking Task Force of Atlantic County, the Helping to Educate and Advocate Against Trafficking Foundation, and End Child Trafficking and Prostitution for their efforts to raise awareness of this important issue in New Jersey.

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Tom Kean: “Higher Education Taskforce Reiterates Need for Toolkit Reforms”

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In response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Higher Education Taskforce on modernizing and improving state colleges and universities, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement calling for immediate consideration of stalled toolkit reforms aimed at improving the affordability of higher education:

“The Higher Education Taskforce has released a detailed and comprehensive set of recommendations to one of the most important tasks before state government: improving the quality, accessibility, and competitiveness of our higher education system,” said Senator Kean. “Achieving many of the report’s recommendations are reliant upon several reforms proposed by Senate Republicans as part of the toolkit package that will increase autonomy of individual institutions and the accountability of administrators. My Republican colleagues asked that these bills be considered after months of delay during the Senate’s last voting session, but were rebuffed by the Majority.

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Tom Kean Calls on NJ Democrats to Support Comprehensive Pay to Play Ban

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan regarding pay to play reform:

“Any calls for pay to play reform cannot be considered serious or credible unless they include Republicans’ repeated proposals to establish a blanket pay to play ban that extends to everyone- including labor unions. Public employee unions receive among the largest state and local government contracts in existence, yet are allowed to spend freely on political campaigns and activities.

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Kean Statement on Associate Justice Rivera-Soto

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement┬áregarding Associate Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto’s announcement that he will not seek reappointment:

“Associate Justice Rivera-Soto deserves the thanks of a grateful state for his willingness to serve the people of New Jersey over the last seven years. His announcement, however, is a reminder of the urgency in holding a hearing on the stalled nomination of Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court. The Senate has a duty to offer advise and consent on the Governor’s nominations. That means hearings and an up or down vote, not delay and political posturing.

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Senators Laud Port Authority Decision on Bayonne Bridge

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) and Senators Andy Ciesla (R- Ocean) and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), issued the following statements lauding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s decision to increase the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge:

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.:

“Port Newark-Elizabeth’s container shipping facility, and the thousands of jobs it provides, is a vital economic engine for our region. Its future viability is dependent upon our ability to receive larger ships that will be passing through a newly expanded Panama Canal. The Port Authority’s decision to raise the Bayonne Bridge in order to accommodate these ships is good news for New Jersey’s economy and will ensure that Port Newark-Elizabeth remains among the largest shipping hubs in North America. Had the Port Authority chosen not to meet the demands of these larger ships, we would have effectively ceded millions of dollars of economic activity and countless jobs to other East Coast destinations.”

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A Word from the Sponsors: Senate Republicans Call for Passage of Unfinished Toolkit Bills

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:

“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:

“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.

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