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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Kean’s Statement on Governor’s Line Item Budget Vetoes

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie’s line item budget reductions for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013:

Just as Trenton Democrats found over $100 million in cuts to redirect funds to their ‘priorities’ in the budget, Governor Christie has used the line item veto to free up ample funding for the single most important thing we can do for New Jersey’s economy: giving broad based tax relief to families and job creators.

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Kean, Allen: “Democrat Cuts to DCF, Abused Children, Substance Abuse Programs, are the Height of Hypocrisy”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen expressed outrage that spending adjustments made by Democratic leadership to assure passage of their FY 2013 budget were paid for with reductions to safety net programs for at-risk children and adults.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Democratic Majority’s budget takes millions of dollars from programs for children who have been abused or are struggling with emotional disorders, substance abuse treatment for adults, and welfare to work, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

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Senator Kean’s Statement on Democratic Budget Legislation for FY 2013

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Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on the FY 2013 budget plan passed by Senate Democrats this afternoon:

For months, we were told by the Majority members of this body that the Governor’s revenue estimates were too optimistic; that there might be an 800 million dollar hole in the budget between this year and next year.

Yet the Democrats try to solve that problem not by impounding the entirety of what they believe the shortfall to be, but only by impounding the $180 million that would go to cut taxes for New Jersey residents. The remainder of those funds they are happy to spend on government.

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Tom Kean, Jr. Lauds Senate Committee Passage of Higher Education Bond Referendum

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), co-prime sponsor of a November ballot referendum approving bond funding for New Jersey’s higher education infrastructure, lauded the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for approving the measure today.

“This would be the first significant state investment in infrastructure for New Jersey’s colleges and universities, both public and private, in nearly three decades,” said Kean. “These institutions are in a competition not only for keeping our own children in state after high school, but in attracting students from across the country and around the world. We cannot win that competition without the investment that makes it possible for these schools to offer world-class facilities, curriculum, and research.”

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Tom Kean: “Jobs Data Further Undermines Democrats’ Economic Credibility”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to the latest release of employment data showing New Jersey added over 17, 000 jobs in May of 2012:

The recovery is slow sometimes frustrating, and that is to be expected given the massive deficits and high tax burden passed on by the Democrats in Trenton to this Administration. But the numbers are encouraging. We are creating sustainable, private sector jobs that will add dollars to our economy, and more people are re-entering the workforce.

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Sweeney/Kean Legislation Encouraging Growth of NJ Manufacturing Industry Through Tax Cuts Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D – Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland) and Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr., (R – Morris, Somerset, Union) that would encourage growth in New Jersey’s manufacturing industry through tax cuts has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

The bill, S-614, would exempt business facilities that employ at least 50 people, at least half of whom are directly employed in a manufacturing process, from 50% of the tax imposed under the Sales and Use Tax Act on the retail sale of energy and utility services that are consumed exclusively at that facility. The Economic Development Authority would handle applications for exemptions and would be required to process any application within 20 business days.

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Senator Kean’s Iran Divestiture Legislation Clears First Legislative Hurdle

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Building on his long-standing advocacy against state investment in nations with poor records on human rights and terrorism, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. has submitted legislation to ensure New Jersey tax dollars are denied to businesses conducting activity in Iran.

The bill, S-1304, which cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee today, would deny state and local public contracts to any person or entity that invest in Iran’s energy or finance sectors.

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Allen, Kean, & Oroho Sponsored “Jessica Lunsford Act” Clears Committee

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Legislation that would mandate a sentence of 25 year to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill, dubbed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” in memory of the Florida nine-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2005 by a previously convicted sex offender, is sponsored by Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean, Jr., and Steve Oroho.

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Tom Kean, Jr. Expresses Disappointment with Judiciary Committee for Harris Rejection

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s action today in rejecting Bruce Harris’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

It is New Jersey’s loss that Bruce Harris has been denied the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court. His intellect, personal story, professional record, and educational background qualify Bruce by any objective measure to serve on the Court.

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Kean: “News of Bar Association Sign-off on Harris, Kwon Calls Democrat Motives into Question”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding news reports that the New Jersey Bar Association has deemed Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon to be qualified to serve on the state’s Supreme Court:

“It is astounding that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are willing to deny a fair hearing to a Supreme Court nominee who has been deemed qualified to serve by the distinguished attorneys of the New Jersey Bar Association.”

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