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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Bob Singer
Senator Tom Kean

Singer/Kean Bill Alerts More High Schoolers, 8th Graders of NJ STARS Scholarship Program

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New Jersey students who are eligible for NJ STARS would receive notification of eligibility during each year of high school, and general information in eighth grade, under a bill introduced Monday by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union.) Currently, students only receive notification of eligibility to NJ STARS in their freshman and junior years of high school.

Senators Robert Singer and Tom Kean’s bill notifies students who are eligible for NJ STARS during each year of high school, with general information provided in eighth grade. (Flickr)

“Each year, tens of thousands of graduates leave to pursue a four-year degree out of state,” Senator Singer said. “Unless we work to keep students here, this will have a serious impact on our economy. NJ STARS gives talented students a solid reason to choose to complete their college education in New Jersey. To secure a strong and prosperous future, we need to ensure eligible students receive notification of this program as early as eighth grade, and at every stage of their high school education.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Tom Kean

Kean/O’Toole Legislation to Prohibit “Upskirting” Signed Into Law

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to prohibit “upskirting” by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy statutes.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean and Kevin O’Toole to prohibit ‘upskirting’ has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“Handheld digital devices have made it possible to violate people’s privacy in ways that weren’t possible just a few years ago,” said Kean. “A voyeur can snap a cell phone picture of an unsuspecting victim in seconds and share it online to the entire world. This new law will provide a strong deterrent to prevent this abhorrent activity.”

“We’ve read too many reports of upskirting pictures being traded online like baseball cards,” said O’Toole. “Once a victim’s picture is posted online, it can be nearly impossible to have it removed from all of the sites that share it. I applaud the Governor for supporting our effort to put a stop to upskirting.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.

“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.

The non-profit Alice Paul Institute seeks to fulfill the life-long mission of Alice Paul to achieve full gender equality worldwide. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.

When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.

Where: Alice Paul Institute (Paulsdale), 128 Hooten Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Dems to Stop Blocking Bipartisan Port Authority Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.

Sen. Tom Kean urged Democrats to stop blocking his legislation – the speediest, most effective way to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Editorial: How We Can Boost New Jersey and Its Non-profits

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his effort to help New Jersey’s non-profits while reducing the burden on state taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 24, 2016:

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would create a state income tax deduction for donations to New Jersey-based charities. (SenateNJ.com)

New Jersey’s nonprofit charitable organizations improve people’s lives every day, and offer much-needed support in times of crisis.

While our nonprofit groups have repeatedly risen to the task, including after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, they are facing new financial pressures that put at risk their future ability to respond.

A concerning new report by New Jersey’s Center for Non-Profits has shed light on just how difficult it has become for the state’s charities to meet growing needs.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Tax Day

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While April 18 is Tax Day, the day state and federal income taxes must be filed, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean warned New Jersey residents that they aren’t off the hook just yet.

Although April 18 is Tax Day, Sen. Tom Kean noted that Tax Freedom Day for New Jersey residents is May 12 due to the state’s high tax burden. (SenateNJ.com)

“With a state and local tax burden that is among the worst in the nation, New Jersey’s residents have to dedicate every dollar they earn from New Years Day to May 12 to pay their tax bills for the year,” said Kean. “This crushing tax burden is what’s driving residents, businesses and jobs from New Jersey to lower-tax states.”

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Kean: $200 Million Employer Tax Cut Result of Forced UI Fund Discipline

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the restoration of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to full solvency and a resulting $200 million tax cut just announced for employers started with the approval of a constitutional amendment he sponsored to prohibit the fund from being raided to pay for other budgetary items.

Kean sponsored SCR-60, which appeared on the 2010 ballot as Public Question No. 1, to prevent raids of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

“In the years before Public Question No. 1 was approved by voters in 2010, more than $5 billion had been diverted from the state’s UI fund to support other spending,” said Kean. “We warned before 2008 that what seemed to be large UI fund surpluses could quickly turn negative in an economic downtown. Unfortunately, we were proven right.”

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Kean on Walter Timpone’s Nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement following the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement on the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court. (©iStock)

“Today’s nomination of Walter Timpone represents the first opportunity in six years for the New Jersey Supreme Court to be fully staffed by confirmed justices.

“I hope this is the first step in clearing a large backlog of nominations that has left dozens of courtrooms empty and threatened speedy justice in New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Port Authority Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats can stop being contrarian and obstructionist by joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), the New York Legislature, and Senate and Assembly Republicans to support the enactment of consensus Port Authority reform legislation, S-355.

Sen. Tom Kean called on New Jersey Democrats to stop blocking consensus legislation, S-355, that provides the only real opportunity to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“There is broad, bipartisan agreement on both sides of the Hudson that we need to implement S-355 to increase transparency, improve efficiency and prevent abuses at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite this, New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats remain a roadblock to enacting this critical Port Authority reform legislation.”

S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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