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Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr.’s Statement on Phil Kwon

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rejection of Phil Kwon’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

What occurred today in the Senate Judiciary Committee today was, in a word, wrong.

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Tom Kean to Education Law Center: “Enough Already”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement responding to renewed threats of legal action against the state by Education Law Center Executive Director David Sciarra.

Mr. Sciarra’s comments followed the announcement by the Christie Administration of a $100 million commitment to address emergent school repair issues by the Schools Development Authority (SDA):

It wasn’t so long ago that SDA’s predecessor, the Schools Construction Corporation, frittered away $8.6 billion in money borrowed at taxpayer expense without much to show for it. This funding was sapped away from its intended purpose by mismanagement for which nobody was held to account.

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Committee Advances Singer, Kean Bill to Increase Fines for Illegally Passing School Buses

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Paramount legislation by Senator Bob Singer and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to increase fines on drivers who illegally pass school buses was unanimously advanced today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“We’re dealing with one of the most life-threatening driving offenses and the stakes must be raised for those committing such a senseless crime,” said Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean). “Vulnerable, defenseless children being picked up or dropped off along our roadways can be killed because of such carelessness. It’s more than reasonable to make violators pay double.”

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Tom Kean: “Work Together on Tax Package that Meets the Needs of All New Jerseyans”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement on Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s tax cut proposal:

For the eight years that Democrats held complete control in Trenton, they attacked the middle class and raised the cost of living in New Jersey with 115 tax and fee increases on everything from owning your home, commuting to work or vacationing down the shore. Property taxes spiked by 60% and property tax rebates diminished when the economy soured and people needed relief the most.

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Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Passing of U.S. Representative Donald Payne

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement mourning the death of U.S. Representative Donald Payne:

“Congressman Payne was not only a pioneer in New Jersey politics, he was a thoroughly decent man and public servant. I had the pleasure of getting to know Don through our shared representation of Millburn. He lent gravitas to every cause he championed, particularly his concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and oppressed the world over.

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Senator Kean’s Legislation Increasing Penalties for Concealing and Harboring Sex Offenders Advances

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Hindering the apprehension and prosecution of a sex offender attempting to evade registration and monitoring requirements under Megan’s Law will become a crime of the third degree with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union).

“Those who knowingly aid a sex offender in skirting the requirements of Megan’s Law and evade authorities put our communities at risk,” said Kean. “Given the rate of recidivism among convicted sex offenders and the heinous nature of their crimes, those who harbor these individuals must also be held accountable. The public has a right to know when sex offenders are inhabiting their communities, and those who stand in the way of that right deserve to be brought to justice.”

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Tom Kean: “The Public Understands that Educational Success for Every Student Will Not Be Measured in Dollars”

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Senate Republican Leader and education reform advocate Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following reaction to the latest Quinnipiac University poll showing strong support for education reform ideas put forth by Senate Republicans and Governor Christie:

The public fundamentally understands that dollars alone will not provide a quality education for every student in the State of New Jersey.

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Video: Tom Kean Talks About Cutting the Income Tax on ‘Power & Politics’

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) appeared on ‘Power & Politics’ on News12 New Jersey to talk about the FY2013 state budget and his support for the proposal to implement an across the board income tax cut.

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Senator Kean: The Income Tax Matters for Job Creators

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was published in the 2/29/12 edition of The Asbury Park Press:

KEAN: Income Tax Cut Good for Business

To hear the Governor’s critics tell it, New Jersey’s high income tax rates have no effect on our economic health. To them, the income tax can be raised without consequence to our economy, while reducing rates yields little or no benefit.

New Jersey’s business leaders- the entities responsible for employing the vast majority of the state’s workforce- disagree, however.

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