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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

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:

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“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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Republican Senators Move to Help Taxpayers, Approve Stalled Toolkit Bills

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Senate Republican leaders today will moved to force consideration of tax relief measures stalled by the Senate Democratic Majority. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) said that Republican requests to bring up unfinished toolkit bills reflect his caucus’s commitment to giving local governments, school boards, and higher education institutions tools to reign in labor costs and provide relief to New Jersey taxpayers:

“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,” said Kean. “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. Senate Republicans will move to release eight of these remaining reforms directly to the floor. We invite our colleagues from the other side of the aisle to join us in finishing the job we were elected to do.”

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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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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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