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.
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.
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.”
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.