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.
Senator Kean Calls for Timely Up or Down Vote on Nominee
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to today’s announcement by Governor Christie that he has nominated Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court:
“I fully support the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is an extraordinary person who is eminently qualified to serve on our state’s highest court.
Reopening Negotiations Will Save Tax Dollars, Programs & Jobs
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following comments regarding the results of yesterday’s school board elections:
“The electorate has clearly spoken by defeating 54 percent of school budgets across the state. Union locals should rethink their positions and reopen negotiations in those districts where the budgets failed.
Residents of 12 NJ Counties Affected by March Storm Benefit from Tax Filing Extension
As residents rush to complete and file their taxes by tonight’s midnight deadline, Senator Tom Kean (R-21) has issued a reminder that many New Jerseyans have received an automatic extension to May 11 to file their state and federal income taxes returns. The extension is the result of the declaration of Presidential Disaster Relief Areas for twelve New Jersey counties that suffered from severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides last month.
“Many areas of New Jersey were hit hard by the severe storms that swept through our state in March,” said Kean. “Twelve counties were declared federal disaster areas, which has resulted in the extension of the deadline for filing state and federal taxes to May 11 for the residents of those counties.”
Without question, today is a tremendously sad day for me… and the people of New Jersey. We lost an incredible public servant who, whether in the public sector or in the private sector always chose the high road. Bob Franks was my mentor, my colleague, and most importantly… my friend.
Tom Kean Encourages New Jersey Residents to Be Counted and Help Their Communities
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) encouraged New Jersey residents who have not yet completed and returned their census forms to do so in recognition of National Census Day. The 2010 United States Census is designed to take a snapshot of the country’s population as of April 1, 2010, which has been designated National Census Day.
“The results of the 2010 United States Census will help the federal government to make better decisions on how to allocate more than $400 billion of funding that is distributed annually to serve the public,” said Kean. “The census helps all levels of government to better plan and prioritize important projects, like building roads, hospitals and senior centers.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Local Edition on March 11, 2010 to discuss current efforts to create jobs and address New Jersey’s high rate of unemployment, and to talk about ways that we can make the state a competitive destination for new and relocating businesses.
He noted the joint efforts of the Legislature and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, through the newly established Red Tape Review Commission, to identify burdensome and unnecessary state regulations that could quickly be eliminated.
Senator Kean also discussed the importance of lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation tax burden to make us competitive with other states, and efforts to consolidate the state’s fragmented business support programs to make them easier to locate, navigate, and take advatage of.