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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Hunterdon County’s Support of the Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected to represent the interests of the citizens of Hunterdon County, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The Freeholders have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Doherty Praises Warren County’s Support of the Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ support of his Fair School Funding solution:

“The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected to represent the interests of the citizens of Warren County, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The Freeholders have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Doherty Files School Funding Plan & Constitutional Amendment in Response to Supreme Court Decision

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, filed a school funding proposal and a constitutional amendment to remove the Court from decisions on how we fund our schools.

“Because the Court has overstepped its clearly defined constitutional authority and assumed the duties of the Legislature and the Executive Branch, I have no choice but to make an effort to amend the constitution to remove the Court from school funding decisions.

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Doherty: Governor’s Action Is the Right Move for New Jersey’s Unemployed

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Christie Ends New Jersey’s Participation in RGGI

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie ending New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (RGGI)

“Governor Christie moved decisively today to end New Jersey participation in a scheme that penalized the state’s taxpayers for pollution that originates in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two states that do not participate in the RGGI. This proposal never made any sense for the environment or the people of the state.

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Doherty Proposes Constitutional Amendment in Response to Court Decision on School Funding

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response decision of the New Jersey State Supreme Court to order the Legislature to expend additional money for Abbott districts:

“Once again, the Court has overstepped its clearly defined constitutional authority. This position was acknowledged by the two dissenting justices.

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Doherty: Fundamental Reforms Needed to Improve New Jersey’s Education System

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement urging fundamental reforms to improve New Jersey’s system of free public education.

“New Jersey has some of the best schools in the country, schools that prepare our young students for college or a career. Sadly, some New Jersey schools are chronically failing the student and the surrounding communities.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
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Senator Steve Oroho

Budget Committee Republicans: “Fear Mongers Distort Christie Budget’s Commitment to Healthcare”

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Following a hearing on Governor Christie’s FY 2012 proposed budget appropriations for healthcare, Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today praised the administration for maintaining quality healthcare services for those in need:

“The Administration’s proposed budget maintains New Jersey’s commitment to providing access to quality healthcare for those most in need. No amount of politically heated rhetoric can change the fact that this budget proposal increases Charity Care funding by $10 million to $675 million, fully funds PAAD for seniors, or invests $90 million in Graduate Medical Education for our next generation of healthcare providers.

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck/Doherty Bill Would Require Rutgers to Publicly Bid Contracts

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Legislation Enacts State Comptroller’s Recommendation

In response to a report by the State Comptroller critical of the contracting procedures used by Rutgers University, Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) and Michael J. Doherty (R- Warren/Hunterdon) have submitted legislation subjecting Rutgers University to the same open public bidding and contracting procedures required of all other state colleges and universities.

“Whatever the rationale for excluding Rutgers from open bidding and contracting standards applies virtually everywhere else in the public sector, it is clear that the exclusion must end,” said Beck. “The Comptroller’s report reveals a startling tendency toward favoritism of certain vendors that is unacceptable when public dollars are at stake.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Democrat Leadership Must Move On Bill to Remove Private Entities from the Public Pension Funds

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Senator Michael Doherty (R- Warren, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, renewed his call today to move legislation that would bar members of private organizations from enrolling in the state pension system. The bill would ban members of the State League of Municipalities, the School Boards Association, the Association of Counties and several others from participating in any of the state’s pension and health benefits systems.

“For nearly a year, common sense legislation that would bar employees of private entities has languished in both houses of the Legislature. The bills, S-2174/A-2951 which members on both sides of the aisles support, are currently stalled in the State Government Committees of their respective houses.

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