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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Senate Committee Advances Kean/Beach Blockchain Taskforce

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Bipartisan Bill Would Modernize State Govt. Systems

The Senate Budget Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator James Beach (D-6) to launch the “NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force.”

The task force established under the bill would be charged with developing new strategies to increase the efficiency of electronic communication.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bipartisan bill that would launch the NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force passes committee. (Pixabay)

“The purpose of this taskforce is to look at every layer of government and see if there is a cost-effective way to implement this fast moving technology in a way that will benefit our residents,’ Kean said. “Blockchain is not a myth – nor is it hype. This technology has evolved tremendously since its initial platform for Bitcoin digital currency. The more I learn about Blockchain, the more I have come to see this as a great way for government offices to increase efficiency and secure the electronic systems we use to aid and protect residents Statewide.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Democrats’ Redistricting Amendment About Cementing Their Control, Limiting Voter Choice

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a constitutional amendment (SCR-43) being fast-tracked by Democrats is designed to make legislative elections less competitive while cementing permanent Democratic majorities in the New Jersey Legislature.

Sen. Tom Kean said a constitutional amendment proposed by Democrats is designed to make legislative elections less competitive while cementing permanent Democratic majorities in the New Jersey Legislature. (SenateNJ.com)

“The constitutional amendment proposed by New Jersey Democrats is not about making our elections fairer or legislative districts more competitive,” said Kean. “This sham of an amendment is about power. It’s about Democrats who have controlled the Legislature for nearly two decades trying to cement their power by permanently rigging the election process in their favor.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Oroho: First Amazon, Now Google. How Many Opportunities Will NJ Miss Before We Take Action?

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Senate Republicans Call for Changes to Business Tax Policies in Wake of NYC Google Expansion Announcement

In light of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report detailing Google’s plans to add 12,000 new jobs in New York City, Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Steven Oroho said that the expansion would cost New Jersey thousands of  jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.

Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Steven Oroho are calling for action following reports of Google’s plans to add 12,000 new jobs in New York City, which the senators said will cost New Jersey thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue. (WikiCommons)

“Given our state’s bad-for-business policies, it wasn’t a surprise that Amazon chose Long Island City over New Jersey, but the news of Google’s decision to expand to New York City is just as bad,” Senator Oroho said. “Many of these new Google employees will most likely choose to raise families in New Jersey, while paying income taxes in New York. That means we will lose out on the high-paying jobs that could have been created here, and the tax revenue we need to fund our schools.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Murphy’s Tax Increases Blew NJ’s Shot for Amazon’s HQ2

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said massive tax increases imposed by Governor Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats this year have likely blown New Jersey’s shot at luring Amazon’s new headquarters and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.

Sen. Tom Kean said massive tax increases imposed by Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats this year have likely blown New Jersey’s shot at luring Amazon’s new headquarters and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey was well on the path to creating the stable, predictable tax environment that employers like Amazon require until Governor Murphy’s budget reversed nearly a decade of fiscal discipline,” said Kean. “The massive multi-billion dollar business tax increase signed by Governor Murphy in July was the nail in the coffin for Newark’s proposal to host HQ2.”

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Kean: NJ Transit Rail Commuters Need Relief Now

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Following yet another day of major service disruptions for commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit trains to get to work, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the agency to take immediate action to prevent future problems.

Following major service disruptions for NJ Transit rail commuters, Sen. Tom Kean called for the agency to take immediate action to prevent future problems. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve heard from countless commuters that whenever they think things are as bad as they can possibly be on our rails, NJ Transit finds a way to prove them wrong,” said Kean. “After so many repeated failures to deliver safe and reliable service, there’s no more time for excuses from Transit’s management. Commuters deserve to hear from the leadership at NJ Transit what contingency plans they can implement today to improve service.”

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Kean Takes Action to Support Jersey-Based Artists

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Legislation Would Create Artist District Designations; Support the National Endowment for the Arts

The Senate has passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create.

The first bill, S-521, would establish a special designation that municipalities can use to promote artists living and working in New Jersey and across the United States.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation would empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create. (Wikimedia)

Look across New Jersey, and you will see concrete examples on how the arts play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to build vibrant communities,” Senator Kean, a longtime supporter of the arts, said. “Jersey-based creators not only support local jobs, they foster statewide economic growth. We can do much more to empower these job creators to stay in New Jersey.”

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Kean Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Passes Senate

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The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would bolster the efforts of the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking.

Senator Tom Kean listening to local residents at the NJ Human Trafficking Forum in 2013. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Kean’s bipartisan legislation, S-2691, would make a supplemental appropriation of $100,000 to the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking.

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NJ Legislative Leaders United In Condemnation of Attempted Bomb Attacks

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr., Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following joint statement today condemning the attempted bomb attacks targeting former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the offices of CNN and others:

Senate President Sweeney, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and fellow legislative leaders condemned the attempted bomb attacks targeting former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the offices of CNN and others. (SenateNJ.com)

“We stand united in condemnation of the attempted acts of political violence that targeted prominent Americans that could have easily caused the loss of life or serious injury to them or others. We are grateful that the intended tragedy was prevented. We praise the swift and effective response of the Secret Service, the FBI, the Postal Service and local law enforcement. Their actions helped to protect the targets and other potential victims.

“This was not just an attack on these individuals. It was an assault on our democracy and on the way we live as Americans in a diverse country that honors the principles of justice, safety and mutual respect. We can possess different opinions on how to best serve the country’s needs, but differing ideas are no justification for violence and no excuse for expressions of hate, prejudice or animosity.

“We won’t be intimidated by those who threaten our safety and we won’t allow their agenda of violence to undermine the values that unite us as Americans.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on Passing of First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Father

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Edward Brown Snyder, the father of New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the passing of the father of New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. (CC0 Public Domain)

“First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Murphy, and their family are in my thoughts today. I hope that their time in the holy land, as they honor Edward’s Jewish faith, will also provide them both with comfort and peace during this difficult time.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Moves to Support Jersey-Based Creators & National Funding for the Arts

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Legislation Would Create Artist District Designations; Support the National Endowment for the Arts

The Senate State Government Committee has passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to support artists in New Jersey and across the country.

NJ Senate Committee passes Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to support artists in New Jersey and across the country. (Pixabay)

The first bill, S-521, would establish a special designation that municipalities can use to promote Jersey-based artists living and working in that community.

“The Garden State is blessed with a number of vibrant downtowns where local artists thrive,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “Jersey-based artists generate local jobs. Nurturing and promoting active artist districts will stimulate economic growth, create educational opportunities, and help our local tourist destinations become even more widely-known.”

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