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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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Tom Kean: Job Creation and Economic Growth Continue to Be GOP Focus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today following the Senate President’s announcement that the Legislature will spend the next several months seeking to implement a series of economic measures that will help jumpstart the state’s sagging economy:

“Republicans continue to be willing and ready to work at a moment’s notice on any legislation that creates permanent, private sector jobs in the state. We must reignite our state’s competitive advantage and attract businesses and create jobs. Unemployed workers deserve a government that works across party lines to consider every responsible proposal to improve our economy and get residents working again.”

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Assstance For Hurricane-Impacted Businesses Available

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For businesses who suffered losses during the Hurricane, business owners must first contact their County Office of Emergency Management and their insurance provider.

For information about New Jersey State assistance for businesses, please contact the New Jersey Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789 and speak with a specialist. State assistance programs, including the Main Street Disaster Relief Program, can also be viewed at www.newjerseybusiness.gov.

Federal assistance loans for businesses in designated counties will be available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit www.sba.gov for the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Disaster loans can be applied for electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA): The number to file a claim for federal assistance for damage to both personal and business property is (800) 621-FEMA. Application can also be made at http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

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Power Outages In Westfield Knock Out Communications In District Office

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding power outages in his Westfield District Office:

“Power outages in my Westfield office have disabled the phone lines. Constituents needing assistance, on any issue including the cleanup from Hurricane Irene, can reach my staff by e-mail at: senkean@njleg.org. Constituents needing help by phone should contact my Assembly colleagues; Assemblyman Bramnick at 908-232-2073 or Assemblywoman Munoz at 908-918-0414.

“I hope to have normal operations restored in the Westfield district office in the next couple of days.”

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Tom Kean: “The Numbers Don’t Lie, Show Wisdom of Governor’s Budget”

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July Tax Collections Come in as Governor Projected

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement regarding state revenue collections for the month of July:

“The Treasury Department has released actual tax collections for the month of July, and the numbers confirm what Republicans said in June: that the Governor’s revenue certification was fiscally sound. While one month does not a trend make, it is heartening that the governor balanced the Democrats’ budget by veto. Had their revenue estimates been allowed to stand in this years budget, we would be in trouble if this month’s revenue tracking holds throughout the year.”

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Tom Kean: “Green Acres Legislation Funding Local Preservation Projects Signed by Governor Christie”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), co-prime sponsor of S-2858, appropriating nearly $15 million for environmental conservation projects, said that local recreation and open space preservation projects will benefit from Governor Christie’s approval of his legislation. Kean’s legislation, along with two “Green Acres” bills, were signed by the Governor this morning.

“New Jersey, and particularly Northern New Jersey, is the most densely populated place in America,” said Senator Kean. “I want to thank the Governor for signing my legislation, as well as two other bills that will help municipalities and non-profit groups acquire and preserve green space for recreational and conservation purposes. Preserving what little open space we have left for public enjoyment is uniquely important to the quality of life in our communities. Our children should be able to look out the window or walk down the street to see trees and fields, not just more housing developments or shopping centers.”

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Tom Kean: “Money Without Innovation, Accountability Fails New Jersey School Children”

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Lauding the Christie Administration’s announcement that the state will expand its partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone to include other struggling school districts, Senate Republican Leader and Education Committee member Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) called on Senate leadership to allow debate and votes on legislation aimed at increasing accountability and innovation in New Jersey public schools.

“Proper funding of education for every school district in New Jersey is important, but funding alone doesn’t get results for our children,” said Kean. “If money alone were the answer, New Jersey’s inner cities would have the highest graduation rates, test scores, and educational outcomes of any district in America because they spend more per student than almost anywhere in the nation. Innovation and accountability, currently lacking in our public school system, is key to making every dollar we spend on education work better for students in every school district, regardless of economic status.”

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