Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren and Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comment on Governor Christie’s proposed budget.
“I am delighted that Governor Christie’s commitment to fiscally-responsible stewardship of the state budget includes; a 2.6 percent reduction in spending over the last fiscal year. This is the second year in a row that Governor Christie has decreased the state budget. These reductions have been accomplished while reducing our reliance on ‘one-shot’ revenues and increasing our commitment to job growth.
“The budget proposed today is a fiscally prudent budget that funds the services that ensure that this state will be able to meet its obligations in the future. Additionally, the governor upheld his commitment to public education by increasing funding for schools across the board. This year every school district in the state will see a significant increase in state aid.
State Senators Michael J. Doherty (R- Warren, Hunterdon) and Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statements in reaction to the announcement that the now defunct ARC Tunnel project will be replaced by a similar “Gateway Tunnel” undertaken by Amtrak:
“Lo and behold, good things happen when you stand up for the taxpayers. The ARC Tunnel project, was a massively bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers being pushed by spendthrift Democratic politicians for all the wrong reasons: personal legacies, political agendas, and election year posturing. Nothing more perfectly exemplifies the folly of ARC than Senator Menendez’s mind-boggling assertion that a dead-end route to Macy’s basement made sense.
Doherty: Planned Parenthood’s Endorsement of Child Trafficking in Undercover Video Must Be Investigated
Senator Michael Doherty today called on state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate an undercover video purporting to show an employee of Planned Parenthood in Perth Amboy offering advice to a pimp about how to cover-up his involvement in human trafficking and sexual slavery.
The Senator sent a letter to Attorney General Paula Dow asking her to investigate the undercover video. Click here for PDF.
The video from YouTube appears below:
“This conduct is abhorrent,” Doherty began. “That this agency and its employees would implicitly endorse the trafficking and exploitation of underage sex slaves is beyond my comprehension.”
“It is more repulsive that this same agency has repeatedly asked the state and federal governments to fund its activities with taxpayer dollars,” Doherty continued. “I believe that the taxpayers of this state will want a full and thorough investigation of this organization and its activities.”
Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, Republican members of the Senate Labor Committee, issued the following statement regarding the passage of legislation (S-2387) that would limit competition when awarding state maintenance contracts:
“This bill is a step in the wrong direction,” Pennacchio began. “At a time when the state is trying to cut costs and create jobs, this measure will raise costs by eliminating competition while simultaneously limiting job opportunities.”
No Public Official’s Salary Would Be Able to Exceed the Governor’s
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced legislation, S-2644, this week that caps public salaries at the Governor’s salary. Currently the Governor’s salary is $175,000 per year.
“This is common-sense legislation that, quite frankly, is long overdue,” Doherty began. “The Governor of New Jersey runs a multi-billion dollar enterprise and is responsible for a workforce of more than 70,000 employees and a population of nearly nine million.”
Public School Funding Is the Sole Responsibility of the Legislature
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the appointment of a special master in the latest school funding case:
“Governor Christie got it exactly right Tuesday afternoon when he stated that ‘we must end the myth that more money equals better achievement. It is a failed legal theory-and we can no longer waste our children’s time or the public’s money waiting for it to finally work.’
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding his binding arbitration bill that was signed into law today. Senator Doherty is the primary sponsor of the legislation.
“Governor Christie’s signing the arbitration bill into law today is revolutionary. Only a few months ago, few people in the state thought that an agreement that has the potential to dramatically reform property tax levies, would be achievable.
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Senate passage today of binding arbitration reform:
“Today’s passage of arbitration reform, by the Senate is extraordinary. Less than a year ago, few people in the state thought that an agreement of this magnitude that has the potential to dramatically reform property tax levies, could be reached.
Senator Michael Doherty issued the following comment today following the passage of S-2121 that establishes Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”
“Today all across the globe young men and women have answered the nations call and are serving in harms way,” Doherty began. “It is appropriate that The State of New Jersey recognize the commitment and sacrifice of these young patriots.”
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today called on Senate Democrats to include complementary legislation from Republican lawmakers in efforts to spur job creation in New Jersey:
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex, Bergen, Passaic):
Unemployed New Jersey residents expect that we all work together to attract business and create jobs- regardless of our philosophical differences and political affiliations. The debate we had today in the Budget Committee is one that Republicans asked to start in January. I am hopeful that these efforts are just a starting point in the Legislature’s efforts to put New Jersey back to work and that other ideas that have been presented on both sides of the aisle will be included in further discussions.