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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

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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Kean, Senate Republicans Release School Aid Calculator

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R- Union) announced there is a school aid calculator (https://www.senatenj.com/school-aid) on the Senate Republican website to help parents, teachers and administrators learn how much additional funding their school district is receiving for the 2011-2012 school year.

This year, Senate Republicans worked with Governor Christie to increase state aid to all school districts. The budget, signed by Governor Christie and sustained by Senate Republicans, increases overall aid to schools by $850 million, including $318 million for suburban and rural districts.

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Tom Kean, Jr. Submits “Caylee’s Law”

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Establishes Penalties for Failing to Report, Concealing Death or Disappearance of Children

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) has submitted legislation that establishes criminal penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child. The bill is named for Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose disappearance and death went unreported for nearly a month.

“It is actually with a bit of reluctance that I submit this legislation, as government really should not have to legislate where common sense should prevail,” said Kean. “But common sense dictates that a parent or guardian who does not to report the disappearance or death of a child in their care should be considered criminally negligent.”

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Kean, Munoz & Bramnick Laud Governor for Increasing School Aid in FY 2012 Budget

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz are pleased to announce that local school districts will receive increased school aid for the 2011-2012 school year.

The 21st District legislators worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governors decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities, said Senator Kean. By making tough choices and using an unexpected bump in state revenues wisely, we were able not only to increase aid over last year, but to double the rate of increase that was originally proposed in March.

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Tom Kean: “It’s Groundhog Day in Trenton”

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“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, 1993

On Day Two of Senate Democrats’ quest to wipe out state reserve funds and plunge the state budget into the red for political purposes, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement:

“It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day in Trenton, with another set of politically motivated override votes scheduled by the Majority.

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Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. on Democrat Attempts to Saddle Taxpayers With Nearly $900 Million in Additional Spending

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Remarks as delivered to the press July 11, 2011:

We are here for one reason and one reason only- the Democratic Majority saw more value in passing a political, election-year budget that was illegal and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced than in negotiating a budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans.

And so today’s override votes are really worse than political theater- they’re offensive. They had the chance do to this properly by negotiating a budget- and they deliberately chose not to.

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Tom Kean: “Democrats’ Budget Rhetoric is Misleading, Election Year Politics”

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Democrats, Who Control the Legislature, Have Gone Too Far and Must Stop Misleading Needy Members of Our Society in an Obvious Election Year Ploy

Senator Tom Kean released the following statement demanding that Democrats to take a step back and think about the families they are hurting with their political games:

“When in doubt, Democrats in the Legislature resort to cynical and overused political rhetoric, no matter the year, issue or fiscal circumstances. Sadly, political theater is an unfortunate part of today’s Democratic-controlled Legislature but the recent actions and rhetoric of Trenton Democrats has become reprehensible.

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Senator Tom Kean’s Statement on Majority’s Veto Override Plans

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of plans by Senate Democrats to hold override votes of Governor Christie’s line item budget vetoes:

“We would not be here if the Majority had chosen to negotiate a balanced budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans rather than use the budget process to make a political statement. A bipartisan, negotiated budget worked perfectly well last year.

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Tom Kean: “Don’t Allow Emotions to Stop Progress in Trenton”

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In response to remarks made by the President of the New Jersey Senate regarding Governor Christie’s budget vetoes, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Most times, those elected to serve are able to disagree without being disagreeable or making our policy differences personal.”

“I sincerely hope that, despite a contentious budget process, we are able to continue on the path of bipartisan problem solving. There are instances in people’s lives when emotions get out of hand and lead them to say or do things they wish they hadn’t.”

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Tom Kean & Tony Bucco: “Governor Helps Suburban Schools While Fixing Democrats’ Illegal Budget”

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Governor Christie Balances Budget While Increasing School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s changes to the Democrats illegal, out of balance budget today for heeding Republican calls for added suburban school aid in the context of a balanced, fiscally responsible budget:

“The budget passed by legislative Democrats was political, partisan, and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced,” said Senator Kean. “I commend the Governor for taking the bold action necessary to fill the more than $700 million hole he was handed yesterday by the Majority, and for doing so while increasing aid for suburban districts that are treated unfairly by current school funding law. The Governor has proven what Republicans have been saying all along: we can do right by the taxpayers of New Jersey without resorting to the budget gimmicks and irresponsibility of the past. His changes to the budget will provide a doubling of this year’s suburban school aid increase and unfreeze the ‘Senior Freeze’ program without raising taxes and hurting job creation to pay for it.”

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