Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”
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.”
Doherty: Democrat Leadership Must Move On Bill to Remove Private Entities from the Public Pension Funds
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.
Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Call for Action on Higher Education Reforms
Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Steve Oroho, Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty called for swift action on higher education “toolkit” reforms proposed by Governor Chris Christie to help improve the affordability of public colleges and universities. The measures are supported by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force Chairman, former Governor Tom Kean.
Both Sides of the Aisle Praise Commissioner Simpson’s Efforts
The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement complimenting the Christie Administration’s transportation plan.
“New Jersey’s interconnected transportation network is critical to the economic well-being of this state. In this tough budget environment it is difficult to provide the necessary resources to adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure.
“The FY ’12 Capital Program appropriation provides $3.5 billion in funds to keep our roads, bridges and trains in good condition. These monies are appropriated without any new taxes or additional borrowing.
The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed today with Governor Christie, Attorney General Dow and former Governor Corzine that the provision requiring early release of inmates in the law be immediately repealed:
“It is unfortunate that the commitment that former Governor Corzine received to repeal this ill-conceived provision of the law was not honored. In fact, Governor Corzine at the time he signed the bill, issued a signing statement that reads in part; ‘that the provision of the bill that would require parole release six months before the maximum expiration of the sentence in cases where the No Early Release Act does not apply, will be removed through immediate remedial legislation.’
The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee lauded the Governor’s commitment to quality, affordable, higher education in New Jersey as evidenced by the work of Governor Christie’s Higher Education Task Force. The Senators called for immediate hearings to consider the Task Force’s recommendations:
“It is critically important that we take immediate steps to moderate the rise in tuition rates in New Jersey. The Senate would greatly benefit from immediate hearings on the report and from the Task Force’s chairman, Former Governor Thomas Kean.”
Republican Members of Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Praise Administration for Fiscal Discipline
The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed with State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff that continued fiscal discipline is required to continued New Jersey’s recovery from the most severe recession in more than 70 years. The Republican members of the Committee are: Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio, O’Toole and Doherty.
“The testimony presented by the State Treasurer clearly shows that, while we have a long way to go on the road to recovery, the Administration’s commitment to fiscal discipline is working. The state revenue picture is better, and more stable, today than it was just one year ago in the midst of the worst recession our state has seen in 70 years.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren) announced today the list of New Jersey Department of Transportation capital construction projects in Warren and Hunterdon Counties. The 11 projects account for $18.7 million of transportation infrastructure improvements in Warren and Hunterdon Counties:
“A modern, comprehensive and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is essential to our economic competitiveness,” Doherty stated. “Up-to-date roads and bridges are safer and more efficient, adding value to private property and convenience to middle-class families throughout northwestern New Jersey.”
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 special master’s decision in the latest school funding case:
“Governor Christie got it exactly right in his budget address 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 (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.