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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Bill to Evaluate Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital Signed into Law

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Report Due No Later than February 1

Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor’s Christie’s approval of legislation that would establish the State Mental Health Evaluation Task Force:

“It is vitally important, especially in this economic environment, that the state establish a fair and impartial process for determining the most cost-effective policies for the taxpayers of New Jersey. It is also important that the state uphold the obligations we have to those who suffer from debilitating mental illness; conditions that require a higher standard of care,” Doherty stated.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Bill to Evaluate Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital Passes Both Houses

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Commission’s Report Due No Later Than February 1

Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the passage of legislation that would establish the State Mental Health Evaluation Task Force:

“It is vitally important, especially in this economic environment, that the state establish a fair and impartial process for determining what works and doesn’t work for the taxpayers of New Jersey. It is also important that the state upholds the obligations we have to those who suffer from debilitating mental illness; conditions that require a higher standard of care,” Doherty stated.

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Doherty: Federal Audit Exposes Fiscal Flaws in Trans-Hudson Tunnel

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a Federal audit that uncovered serious lapses in oversight on the new trans-Hudson tunnel. Last week Governor Christie ordered a 30 day suspension on additional work on the tunnel project.

“Published reports today indicated that fiscal safeguards and oversight on the ARC rail tunnel are either non-existent or seriously ineffectual. The flaws in the system were exposed by an audit done by the Federal government.

“The audit also estimated that cost overruns on the project could top more than $5 billion. New Jersey taxpayers and toll payers are already on the hook for $2.7 billion with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Federal government funding the balance.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Tunnel Project Delay Is Fiscally Prudent

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30-Day Suspension Could Possibly Save Taxpayers Billions

Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s month-long postponement on work on the new trans-Hudson rail tunnel:

“Governor Christie is exactly right, we must delay any work on the tunnel to determine the best options for New Jersey taxpayers. On a more basic level we quite simply can’t spend money that we don’t have. The toll payers of the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway should not be forced to subsidize an $ 8.7 billion train tunnel to nowhere.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senators T. Kean & Doherty Ask Senate President Sweeney to Convene Hearings on Tax Abatement Policies

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, sent a letter today to Senate President Steve Sweeney asking him to convene hearings on the subject of tax abatement policy in New Jersey. Tax abatement and tax exemptions were the subject of a recent report released by the Office of the State Comptroller. The letter is attached.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Questions Oversight at Department of Human Services for Past Billing Practices

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Calls on State Auditor to Examine Accounting and Oversight Practices at DHS

Senator Mike Doherty (R- Warren, Hunterdon) responded today to a recent article in The Record highlighting lax oversight and poor accounting practices at the state Department of Human Services and various family planning centers. The improper practices occurred from 2001 to 2005 and were detailed in reports released by the United States Inspector General in 2007 and 2008.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Comptroller’s Report on Tax Abatements

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Calls on Senate to Hold Hearings to Reform Process

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a report issued today by State Comptroller Mathew Boxer that called into question the structure and application of tax abatements throughout New Jersey:

“The State Comptroller is a well respected, non-partisan and independent voice that examines different programs to ensure that the public interest is being pursued and that programs have proper oversight and accountability. In the report issued today, the Comptroller raises serious questions about the effects and effectiveness of tax abatements offered to private developers around the state.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Legislators Unanimously Oppose Effort to Increase Local Borrowing

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Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously opposed legislation (Senate Bill No. 2209) advanced by Senate Democrats today that allows local governments to borrow for things that must now be paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. The legislation allows local governments to skip a required 5% down payment on capital project costs and borrow 100% of project costs instead. The bill will saddle property taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional underwriting fees and interest payments to Wall Street.

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Doherty Optimistic School Funding Inequities Will Be Addressed During Summer Session

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed optimism today that the inequities inherent in the state school funding formula will be finally addressed during the special summer session on property taxes:

“I applaud Governor Christie for calling this special session to address high property taxes in New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and we must address this issue immediately.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republicans Call on Democrats to Approve Property Tax Cap Now

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Today the five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee called on Democrats to concur with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of S-29, a statutory cap on property taxes. His conditional veto would impose a hard cap on property taxes and give voters a say in taxes.

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