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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Democrats’ Continued Inaction Hurts Financially Strapped Cities

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Failure to Allow Vote on Transitional Aid Bill Likely to Lead to Downgrade by Moody’s

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said that by stalling on a transitional aid bill that would provide a much needed financial lifeline to several struggling New Jersey cities, legislative Democrats have increased the likelihood that credit rating downgrades will be issued for those cities making future borrowing more expensive.

“The failure of Democrats to move forward on approving a transitional aid bill that is waiting to be voted on will hurt the residents of New Jersey’s cities both now and in the future,” said Kean. “This aid would help our cities to fund critical services including police and fire departments in their current budgets, and would prevent likely credit downgrades that would make future budgets even more expensive for taxpayers.”

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Kean: All 16 GOP Senators Named “Taxpayer Champions”

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“Tax Policy is Jobs Policy”

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance (NJTA) named all 16 Republican Senators as “Taxpayer Champions.” The Alliance honored the legislators after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.

“My Republican colleagues and I understand that tax policy is jobs policy. Our goal is to make New Jersey competitive again so that we can attract new businesses and private sector jobs for New Jersey workers. This starts with making sure our tax policies are reasonable and consistent.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Blasts Obama’s Phone Proposal

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President’s Proposal Would Authorize Private Debt Collectors to Call Cell Phones of People Delinquent on Debts Owed to the Federal Government

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a formal proposal, submitted by President Obama, that would authorize private debt collectors to call the cell phones of people delinquent on student loans and other debts owed the Federal Government. Debt collectors may currently make “robo” calls to landlines but not to cell phones:

“I am appalled President Obama has aligned himself with the private debt collection industry to expand their ability to make harassing ‘robo’ calls to people’s cell phones.

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Tom Kean: Savings from Bipartisan Pension Reform Should Be Returned to Taxpayers

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding estimates released today that project up to $267 million in savings from the recently enacted pension and health care benefits reform.

“Earlier this year landmark pension and healthcare benefits reform were passed by a bipartisan coalition of legislators. That reform package is already starting to reap benefits. The projected savings for the current fiscal year is estimated to be up to $267 million.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s Statement on Governor Christie’s Announcement

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement this afternoon:

“For the last two years my colleagues and I have been working with Governor Christie to right New Jersey’s ship of state. During that time we have made great progress toward making New Jersey more affordable.

“The Governor’s leadership is a critical element in advancing our shared agenda, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in reversing the mistakes of the past and in putting New Jersey on a clear path towards prosperity.”

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Kean: Are Democrats Turning Over a New Leaf?

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a number of bills focusing on job creation and economic growth:

“Given the fragile nature of the national economy and the uncertain future so many workers face, it is common sense we focus on job creation, economic development and fighting to make New Jersey competitive again.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean: Trenton Democrats Have Found Religion on Job Creation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on tomorrow’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting which will focus on job creation and economic growth:

“For the past decade, Republicans across the state have been calling for, and proposing, policies that would create jobs and opportunities for middle-class New Jerseyans. For years, Republicans have been asking for tax incentives for small business and other business friendly policies like the single sales factor that were just recently signed into law by Governor Christie.

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Kean Bill Allowing Pets to Be Included in Domestic Violence Protection Orders Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) that authorizes courts to include animals in domestic violence restraining orders was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“The unfortunate reality is that pets can be the victims of domestic abuse just like people, yet they lack the legal recognition to be protected under current law, ” Kean stated. “I have heard too many heartbreaking stories of victims of domestic violence who will stay with their abuser for fear of what will happen to their pets. We need to encourage victims to leave these abusive relationships and reassure them that their pets will be protected.”

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Kean-Polistina-Amodeo Bill Focuses on Jobs in Growing Aviation Industry

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Legislation Creates Public-Private Partnerships to Expand Career Opportunities for Students

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) and Assemblymen John Amodeo (R-Atlantic) and Vince Polistina (R-Atlantic) that authorizes county vocational school districts and county colleges to enter into partnership with one or more private entities to develop and establish aviation related job certification, training, and internship programs was passed by the Senate Education Committee today.

“Being connected to the rest of the world is vital in a global economy with demand for highly skilled workers in the aviation industry growing at a steady rate, ” Kean stated. “By making a concerted effort in the area of work readiness and training we can help interested students achieve successful careers while also keeping New Jersey competitive in a global marketplace.”

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Kean Bill Protecting Property Owners Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) that exempts sales of certain homes and seasonal rentals from the bulk sale notification requirements was signed into law today.

The bulk sales notification process was established in 2007 to ensure the State was able to collect outstanding tax liability from businesses before they left the State or disposed of a large portion of assets. Because of the manner in which the law was written, the sale of single family homes from individual sellers was made subject to the requirements, resulting in home purchasers having to file paperwork and provide ten days notice to the Division of Taxation for every real estate transaction, or else risk being held liable by the State for the seller’s delinquent taxes.

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