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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Mourns the Passing of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement mourning the death of his friend and colleague, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce:

The New Jersey Legislature lost one of its own today, and with him, a great leader and public servant.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce passed away while serving the people of New Jersey shortly after adjournment of the 2010-2011 legislative session.

Alex was a true leader for the Republican caucus in the Assembly, and was loved and respected by legislators of both chambers, on both sides of the aisle.  He worked tirelessly for his constituents, for our party, and to make sure this institution never lost sight of who it was supposed to serve- the people of New Jersey.

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Tom Kean: “Decade of Democrat Tax Hikes Is Coming Home to Roost”

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New Jersey Is Number 1…In Chasing Residents Away

With United Van Line’s annual study of state by state population shifts showing New Jersey tied with Illinois for the highest proportion of residents migrating out of state, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. today suggested a strong correlation between New Jersey’s increased tax burden over the last decade and the loss of population to other states.

“I agree with the Senate President that the high cost of living in New Jersey is the driving force behind so many people leaving the state,” said Kean (R- Union). “So it defies logic that the $8 billion in higher taxes imposed upon the people of this state by an unchecked Democratic legislature have had no impact on that cost of living.”

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Senate Republicans Release Sick Leave Reform Calculator

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Reminder That Democrats Have Yet to End an Indefensible Perk Costing Taxpayers Millions

New Jersey taxpayers can now view the cost to their individual communities of accumulated unused sick leave by public workers on the Senate Republicans’ website. The “Sick Leave Reform Calculator” demonstrates the financial liabilities incurred by local governments to date as a result of a special perk that has yet to be banned by lawmakers.

With no action scheduled by the Majority on legislation ending these payments prior to the close of the current legislative session, Trenton Democrats have all but ensured that an indefensible practice yielding no public benefit will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Kean/Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Approved by Senate, Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington) upgrading penalties for failing to report the disappearance or death of a child passed both houses of the legislature today and heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

If signed, “Caylee’s Law” the bill upgrades the charge for failing to report the death of a person to the proper authorities. It would now be a fourth degree crime. A new crime of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours is also created under the legislation, carrying fourth degree penalties as well.

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Kean/DeCroce: “A ‘Seinfeld Session’ in Trenton Leaves Taxpayers Waiting for Reform”

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Republican Leaders Decry Wasted Opportunity in Lame Duck

With both the Senate and Assembly in session today and time rapidly running out on the current legislative year, Democratic leaders in Trenton have planned dozens of votes on bills of very little substance for taxpayers, said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Both chambers’ agendas have excluded consideration of substantive, unfinished reforms dealing with excessive terminal leave payments, the state’s antiquated civil service system, or capping state spending in order to build a better and more predictable business climate.

Dubbing today’s proceedings the ‘Seinfeld Session’- a legislative voting session about nothing of much consequence to taxpayers- Kean and DeCroce released the following statements decrying an opportunity wasted:

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Getting Serious in the Lame-Duck Session

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. was published in The Record on December 8, 2011:

The end of every two-year legislative session is known as “Lame Duck” — the time between Election Day and the start of the new legislative year, representing our last chance to pass bills pending before the Senate and Assembly.

While these sessions are always marked by a flurry of action, quite frequently that action is on legislation of little or no substance. Lame Duck proceedings are too often like a drawn-out episode of Seinfeld, the show about nothing.

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Tom Kean: “Debt Report Shows Stability, Predictability to NJ Businesses”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on the most recent Debt Report presented to the state Commission on Capital Bonding and Planning:

“The debt report shows that this Governor is fixing the mess left by McGreevey, Corzine, and an unchecked Democratic legislature that just couldn’t say no to spending money the state didn’t have. Gone are the days of double digit debt increases that are passed on to our children and grandchildren.

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Video: Tom Kean Calls for Passage of Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA) at State House Rally

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urged the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA) at a rally held at the New Jersey State House.

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From the State House steps, Senator Kean delivered the following remarks:

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Tom Kean: “Anti-OSA Rally Defends Unacceptable Status Quo For Kids in Failing Schools”

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Responding to opponents of legislation designed to give children in chronically failing schools immediate access to a better education, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), co-prime sponsor of the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA), said that protesters are defending an unacceptable status quo for students in poorly performing districts:

“The only people abandoning public education are those who say that we should keep kids trapped in a failing school for fear of change.

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Tom Kean, Jr. Welcomes Senate President’s Support for ‘Use It or Lose It’ Sick Leave Reform”

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Flashback: “GOP state senator renews call to set limits on sick-leave payouts for public employees.” (The Press of Atlantic City, 3/8/11)

“Senate Republicans call on Democrats to act on Christie’s cost-cutting proposals.” (NewJerseyNewsroom.com, 3/22/11)

Following Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s recent announcement of support for Republican efforts to reform sick leave rules for public employees to a ‘use it or lose it’ system, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. is encouraging Senator Sweeney to post the measure in the next Senate voting session:

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