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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Reintroduces Legislation to Create State Tax Deduction for Contributions to New Jersey Charities

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to boost charitable giving to New Jersey non-profits that are on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Sen. Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to create a state income tax deduction to support New Jersey’s charitable non-profit organizations. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation will establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to charities operating in New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s non-profit charitable organizations provide critical services to children, families, and seniors in need,” said Kean. “Those educational, cultural, and civic organizations make our communities stronger and safer, but they often struggle for resources. Creating a new tax deduction for charitable giving will give New Jersey’s charities a boost while providing residents a new opportunity for tax relief.”

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Kean, Bramnick & Muñoz Announce $5.4 Million in Funding for Local Transportation Projects

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Say TTF Grant Awards Represent Real Property Tax Relief

Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (all R-21) announced $5.4 million in awards for local road and bridge improvement projects from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

Kean, Bramnick, and Muñoz announced $5.4 million in TTF awards for local road and bridge improvement projects. (Pixabay)

“Our towns are set to receive millions of dollars from the TTF to help pay for critical road and bridge projects in our neighborhoods. Every dollar we get from the TTF to help fund these important projects is a dollar that property taxpayers won’t have to pay,” said Kean. “It’ll also help our commuters who often pay the biggest price in time and frustration when our transportation systems fail. They deserve safe and reliable transportation infrastructure and to know that we’re working to make things better.”

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Kean to Murphy: Nothing Is Free, Including “Free” Community College

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s push today for “free” community college:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s push for “free” community college by saying “nothing is free.” (Flickr)

“The offer of ‘free community college’ sounds great, but nothing is free. At a time when the State is already struggling to fund our schools, the additional cost to already overburdened New Jersey taxpayers would be immense.

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Kean Bills Addressing College Affordability Approved by Senate

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Part of Package of Bills to Help Students Graduate on Time, With Less Debt

The New Jersey Senate has approved a pair of bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help college students in New Jersey graduate on time and with less debt.

A pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to help college students graduate on time and with less debt has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (HESAA)

The bills are part of a legislative package advanced by the Senate today addressing the problem of college affordability.

“We have too many college students graduating with six-figures of debt, wondering how they’ll ever pay it off,” said Kean. “If they had gotten good advice up front on the importance of taking enough credits to graduate quickly, they could have planned better and avoided unnecessary debt. We need to do a better job of getting that message out.”

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Kean Reiterates Offer to Work With Murphy on Minimum Wage

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Says Room Exists for Bipartisan Solution

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Governor Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers.

Sen. Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Gov. Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers. (Pixabay)

“Immediately following his election, I made a public offer to work with Governor Murphy to raise the minimum wage to a level that’s modern and fair,” said Kean. “The offer still stands. We should work together to accomplish a minimum wage increase in a bipartisan way.”

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Kean & Corrado Applaud Pay Equity Executive Order

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Corrado to Introduce Comprehensive Pay Equity Legislation

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) applauded an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy today to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado applauded an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce. (SenateNJ.com)

“The salary offered to a prospective employee should be based on what a job is worth rather than the candidate’s prior compensation,” said Kean. “In instances where a person was the victim of pay discrimination in a previous job, this executive order will help them to advance their career free of any long-term income effects that might otherwise follow.”

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Kean Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Increase Affordability, Opportunity in Reorganization Remarks

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At today’s reorganization of the New Jersey Senate, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for a bipartisan effort to transform the Garden State into a place where affordability and opportunity abound. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the reorganization of the New Jersey Senate at the State House on January 9, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

I’d like to start by welcoming colleagues old and new, and all of our families and guests, who have joined us today for this reorganization of the New Jersey Senate.

Voters across the state and in each of our particular districts have made their voices heard and sent the 40 of us to this chamber to do an important job.

We all worked hard to get to this exact point.

It is important that we remember why we all made the choice to engage in public service; we care deeply about New Jersey, and about the future that our friends, families, and neighbors have in the Garden State.

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Kean Statement on Passing of Governor Brendan Byrne

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of former New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne:

Governor Brendan T. Byrne passed away on January 4, 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I’ve had the honor of knowing Governor Byrne for many years, and I’m deeply saddened by his passing.

“He will be remembered for his intelligence and humor, as well as his dedication to New Jersey that continued long after his two terms as Governor. Few people have worked harder to make the Garden State a better place for all of its residents than Brendan Byrne.”

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Kean & Bramnick Secure Transportation Funding to Study Midtown Direct Service on Raritan Valley Line

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Part of Long-Standing Effort with Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to Improve & Expand “One-Seat” Rides into Manhattan

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced the inclusion of $5 million in a supplemental transportation funding bill (S-3635) to study enhancements to New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, including the expansion of “one-seat” rides into Manhattan.

Sen. Tom Kean and Asm. Jon Bramnick secured funding to study enhancements to NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, including the expansion of one-seat rides into Manhattan. (SenateNJ.com)

Far too many passengers riding that line into New York are still forced to switch trains at Newark Penn Station, adding time and hassle to already lengthy and difficult commutes.

“There are a number of hurdles that we must clear to make a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line possible for more passengers,” said Kean. “The study we have secured funding for is the next step in understanding everything that must be done to allow improved and expanded Midtown Direct service from towns along the line like Roselle Park, Garwood, Cranford, and Westfield.”

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Senate Approves Kean’s Bill Creating Ombudsman for Developmentally Disabled Individuals

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create an ombudsman to serve as an advocate for individuals with intellectual or developmentally disabilities has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation creates an ombudsman to serve as an advocate for individuals with intellectual or developmentally disabilities. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey offers a number of support channels for individuals with developmental disabilities – so many, that it has become increasingly difficult for families to understand where they need to go, or who they need to talk to access these services,” Senator Kean explained. “Creating a central point of contact will ensure families can secure the resources they need to help their disabled loved ones thrive.”

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