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Tom Kean: “Pension, Benefits Reforms Save Taxpayers Billions, Put State on Better Course”

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Following Governor Christie’s signature of a public worker pension and benefits overall estimated to save $120 billion over the next three decades, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. said that long awaited relief for taxpayers has finally arrived in New Jersey:

Today, state government has reaffirmed that it works for the taxpayers and not the reverse- taxpayers working to sustain a government they cannot afford.

This law provides sustainable, long term relief that doesn’t rely on the gimmicks of the past. It does so the right way- containing the cost of government and passes the savings along to the most highly taxed people in America- New Jersey residents.

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Tom Kean: “Dems Propose Dubious, Unbalanced Budget”

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Proposal Spends More, Taxes More, Relies on Phantom Revenues, and Forces False Choice Between Jobs and Suburban School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), responding to press reports that Democrats are drafting an alternative budget proposal, issued the following statement expressing grave concerns regarding the plan’s fiscal honesty:

“Democrats yesterday told the press they’ll be submitting a budget that will be out of balance the minute it is introduced,” Kean said. “We’ve been down the road of using phantom revenues and one shot gimmicks with Governors McGreevey and Corzine. It is an unhappy place to which New Jersey residents do not wish to return.”

Kean noted that while a bill is not available for public consumption, Democrats have told media sources they’ll rely on hundreds of millions in inflated revenue projections and dubious “savings”.

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Tom Kean: “Today, the Taxpayers Won”

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Lauds Senate Passage of Historic Pension, Benefits Reforms

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued this statement following Senate passage of S-2937, reforming public employee pension and health benefits:

“Today, the taxpayers won.”

“The compromise legislation passed by the Senate will save taxpayers well in excess of $100 billion over the long term and induce a near immediate reduction of local property taxes.”

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Tom Kean Statement on the Passing of the Brother of Senator O’Toole

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the sudden passing of Brian P. O’Toole, brother of State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex/Bergen/Passaic):

“It is with a heavy heart I am announcing that Brian P. O’Toole, brother of Senator Kevin O’Toole, succumbed yesterday to pancreatic cancer. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Senate go out to the O’Toole family for their loss.”

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 4PM – 8PM at Shook’s Funeral Home in Cedar Grove, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church.

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Tom Kean: “Supreme Court Goes off the Deep End”

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Decision Fails Children and Taxpayers

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling ordering the state to spend $500 million on the 31 former Abbott school districts:

“The unelected justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling today that created law from the bench despite having no constitutional authority to do so. In so doing, they have thumbed their noses at the residents of the state who elected a Governor and a Legislature to make these policy decisions as is prescribed by the state constitution.”

“The Court is wrong. A thorough and efficient system of education is not solely contingent on dollars, but requires significant reforms to make those dollars work better for students: rewarding excellent teachers for merit rather than longevity, reforming tenure to more easily and quickly remove ineffective educators from the classroom, and capping superintendent salaries to rein in administrative costs. Quality education is about holding the system accountable for student outcomes, and we should not turn to spending as a remedy until accountability measures are put in place.”

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