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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Applauds Education Fund Task Force Appointments to End Fraud

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Senator Michael Doherty, member of the Senate Education Committee, is excited to work with a new state task force filled Wednesday to end aspects of the failing School Funding Reform Act that are susceptible to fraud and abuse and deprive many school districts of their fair share of state aid.

“The acting governor’s appointments to fill The New Jersey Education Funding Task Force constitute an essential step toward fixing the Corzine administration’s convoluted School Funding Reform Act (SFRA),” said Doherty, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren. “By modifying the formula and implementing a sensible measure of ‘at-risk’ students, we’ll eliminate carrots that cause more than one-third of students to be fraudulently enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, which our state auditor found districts use as a tool to incur more state aid.”

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Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”

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Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:

Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.

The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.

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Senate Approves Doherty Bill Designating Rt. 31 as “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would honor members of the United States military who have been wounded or killed in service to our nation was approved by the New Jersey Senate. The measure, S-1366, designates Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”

“I hope this designation will serve as a visible reminder of all the brave souls who have sacrificed so much for our nation throughout its history,” said Doherty. “It’s especially fitting for Route 31 to receive this designation considering its connection to sites and battles of the American Revolution.”

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Doherty Applauds Effort to Bring Accountability to Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) applauded the efforts of Pennsylvania legislators to advance a measure that would give state auditors on both sides of the Delaware River the power to conduct annual financial and management audits of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC). The measure is needed, Doherty said, to ensure efficient operations and prevent unnecessary toll hikes on bridges maintained by the Commission.

“Too often, interstate agencies are given too much independence to manage their finances without public scrutiny, and it’s the tollpayers and taxpayers who end up paying the price,” said Doherty. “In light of the 33 percent toll increase on Delaware River bridges last year, it’s clear that the Commission should be subject to outside audits and be made to account for every penny it collects and spends.”

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Montgomery Township to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/14

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, will hold a town hall meeting in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 7:00 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bayville to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/5

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in Bayville to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at the Central Regional Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Video: Doherty Talks About Need for Fair School Funding Plan on ‘NJ Today’

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), a member of the Senate Education Committee, appeared on NJTV’s NJ Today to talk about the need for his Fair School Funding plan.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in North Plainfield to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/1

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in North Plainfield to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1 at the North Plainfield Community Center at 7 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Scotch Plains on 2/21 to Present Fair School Funding Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in Scotch Plains to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m.

Who: Senator Michael Doherty
What: Town Hall meeting on the “Fair School Funding” plan
When: Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM
Where: Scotch Plains Municipal Building, Council Chamber, 430 Park Ave.

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Doherty Praises Governor for Adding Phillipsburg H.S. to SDA’s 2012 Project Portfolio

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised the decision by Governor Chris Christie to include the long-planned construction of a new Phillipsburg High School as one of twenty capital school construction projects that will move forward as part of the 2012 project portfolio of the Schools Development Authority (SDA).

“The announcement by Governor Christie today is recognition that the children of Phillipsburg are not being served by current school facilities that are overcrowded and in need of major repair,” said Doherty. “The people of Phillipsburg have worked extremely hard on their plan for a new high school, so I’m pleased by the Governor’s decision, especially considering the many other deserving school districts that did not have projects chosen.”

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