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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

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Kean Statement on Senator Phil Haines

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement today after Senator Phil Haines was confirmed to be a Judge of the Superior Court:

“Phil Haines is an effective legislator and a good friend. His understanding and insight of the issues facing New Jersey will be sorely missed by the entire Senate Chamber. However, the Senate’s loss is the court’s gain. I know Phil will bring the same compassion, intelligence and honor to the court as he brought to the Legislature and remain a strong and independent voice for the people.”

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Senate Republican Leader Kean Sponsors Legislation to Restructure NJSIAA

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced today that would reform the NJSIAA:

“For more than 90 years the NJSIAA has worked to ensure that scholastic sports in New Jersey are safe, fair and affordable for the students, families and districts. I too am concerned about some of the financial lapses that were describe in the report issued by the State Commission of Investigation but by no means do these allegations require that the NJSIAA be dismantled. The Legislature must repair what is broken in the organization without destroying all the good the NJSIAA has accomplished for the better part of a century.”

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Tom Kean: JBOC Must Meet to Approve Funds for Needed Transportation Projects

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) to meet to authorize funding for new construction projects:

“It is unfortunate the chairman has chosen to suspend future meetings of JBOC for the foreseeable future, especially during these difficult economic times. JBOC exists to provide critical oversight for the transfer of funds between various governmental accounts. The committee must meet in the near future in order to authorize the funding of new transportation construction projects.

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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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