Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a property tax cap. Under the bill, property tax increases would be capped at 2 percent annually with a limited number of exemptions, including voter override:
“New Jersey residents will finally have some predictability and control when it comes to their property tax bill. Giving voters a choice will help prevent another family from moving out or another business from closing due to rapidly escalating property taxes.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and the Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday special session on property taxes in New Jersey:
“The Senate Republican Caucus welcomes the agreement between Governor Christie and the Legislature that will impose a 2.0 percent hard cap on property tax increases at every level of government. We also understand that a hearing and vote on the various ‘Toolkit’ legislation will take place in the late summer. This is good news for New Jersey residents who have been routinely subject to more than seven percent property tax increases over the past decade.”
All seventeen members of the Senate Republican Caucus came to Trenton today prepared to act on Governor Chris Christie’s permanent property tax relief package, but the Democratic Majority failed to show up.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) made the following statement on behalf of all seventeen members:
“The Democrats refused to show up today to fix our property tax crisis while families fight to stay in their homes. There is a real affordability crisis in New Jersey. We must act before another family moves out or another business closes.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passage and signing of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:
“This year’s state budget was drafted in the most demanding fiscal environment in decades. The Legislature had to close an opening $11 billion shortfall, the largest per capita deficit in the nation.
“The common-sense budget that Governor Christie signed today is a fiscally responsible, honest and forthright budget that will begin to return New Jersey to prosperity. The governor’s blue print for fiscal sanity will be a model for many states dealing with budget shortfalls. We only need to look to our neighbor, New York to see Democrat leaders embracing the same spending restraint that is the lynchpin of Governor Christie’s plan.”
Three Players Born in NJ
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) wished the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team the best of luck today as they prepare to participate in the 2010 World Cup. Three players on the team were born in New Jersey.
“This is an exciting time for soccer fans across the world as the 2010 World Cup gets underway, ” Kean stated. “It happens only once every four years and it brings about great national pride as well as a universal bond of friendly competition.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the death of Trooper Marc Castellano in the line of duty:
“My thoughts go out to the family of Trooper Castellano. Trooper Castellano’s passing is a loss to the New Jersey State Police. The State Police are on the front lines protecting this state every day in an increasingly dangerous world. On behalf of the Senate Republican Office I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Trooper Castellano and the entire law enforcement community.
Grant Could Bring $400 Million to NJ Schools
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) has been leading a bipartisan effort to support New Jersey’s Phase II federal Race to the Top Application. The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform. If successful, the grant could bring up to $400 million in federal funding to the state’s cash-strapped public schools over the next four years.
“I believe, especially in our current fiscal situation, it is imperative to make every effort to apply for all of the federal aid for which we are eligible,” Kean stated. “Applying for these funds will positively impact student performance, prevent teacher layoffs and give much needed reprieve to property taxpayers.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) issued the following statement today after the NFL announced that New Jersey will be hosting its first Super Bowl in 2014. Kean was the original sponsor of a Senate Resolution encouraging the NFL to select New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Today is a great day for New Jersey, our football fans and the numerous local businesses that will benefit from the game being held here. The Super Bowl will generate not only tremendous excitement, but also substantial economic activity that will benefit the people of New Jersey and the entire tri-state region.
Republican Leader Tom Kean Applauds Governor Christie for Restoring PAAD and Senior Gold without Tax Increases
Senate Republican leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding fully funding the PAAD and Senior gold prescription programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:
“Governor Christie has shown we can take a balanced approach that ensures senior’s access to affordable prescription medicine without higher taxes. It’s time for the Legislature to move forward with a budget that makes New Jersey more affordable for the middle class, promotes small business job growth, and restores the fiscal discipline that has been missing from Trenton for a long time.”
Bills Take Balanced Approach to Helping Students in Failing Schools
Two bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) that would allow students in chronically failing public schools to transfer to an alternative school were recently passed by the Senate Economic Growth and the Senate Education Committees.
S-1872 would allow low-income students to apply for an “opportunity scholarship.” The scholarships would enable students attending the state’s lowest performing public schools to attend out-of-district public schools, or non-public schools anywhere in the state, that choose to participate in the program. The scholarships would be funded by private corporations, who would in turn receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits.