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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Cap Public Officials’ Salaries

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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.”

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Doherty Slams Court for Appointing Special Master to Review Education Funding

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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.’

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Doherty: Passage of Arbitration Law Is Real Property Tax Reform

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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.

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Senator Michael Doherty Hails Passage of Arbitration Agreement

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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.

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Doherty Applauds Passage of Purple Heart Memorial Highway

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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.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Kevin O'Toole
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Job Creation Requires Bi-partisan Effort; ‘All-of-the-Above’ Approach

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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.

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Pennacchio & Doherty Introduce Resolution to Study Regional Rail Cooperation

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Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced a Senate Resolution today that would create the “Passenger Rail System Study Commission” to promote regional cooperation between various rail systems.

“The need for regional cooperation between the various rail systems is long overdue,” Pennacchio began. “We must create a streamlined mass transportation system to move passengers and goods throughout the region quickly and efficiently.

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NJ Legislation Bans TSA Scanners and Criminalizes Unreasonable Searches and Invasive Pat Downs

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New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) announced today that he has introduced three pieces of legislation drafted to eliminate any immunity TSA agents might enjoy when violating New Jersey law during unnecessary and invasive airport screenings:

“For more than a month now, the TSA has quite literally stuck their finger in the eye of law-abiding American citizens while trampling on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Doherty stated. “We call upon every state legislature in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.”

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Doherty: Christie Right to Fight Feds on FTA Money

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Christie has retained outside counsel to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) unreasonable demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay for its failed project:

“I am deeply disturbed by the FTA’s unreasonable, capricious and arbitrary demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay it for a project doomed to fail. The FTA set in motion a chain of events that inevitably led to the correct decision by Governor Christie to stop throwing good money after bad.

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Doherty Drafting New Legislation to Rein In TSA Abuses

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Legislation to Be Introduced at December 6 Session of the Senate

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding legislation he is drafting to curb the abuses of civil liberties by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):

“I am of the belief that our society is founded upon our ability to exercise our individual civil liberties freely, and I stand ready and willing to defend those liberties when they are threatened. It is with great sadness that I have come to recognize that one of our greatest threats has been presented by officials of the TSA¬†who have begun to implement intrusive searches of law abiding Americans who are traveling within our borders,” Doherty stated.

“In response to the attitudes and actions of the TSA and top Obama Administration officials, I am drafting new legislation that will make it perfectly clear that in New Jersey, our constitutionally granted civil liberties are treasured and will be protected. I am calling upon my colleagues in the Legislature to step up and co-sponsor legislation that will protect the rights of citizens in New Jersey,” Doherty continued.

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