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Senator Michael Doherty

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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Senator Mike Doherty

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

Budget Committee Members: Library Funding Restored in FY 2011 Budget

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$4.3 Million Returned to 304 State Libraries

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee announced today that $4.3 million in funding for public libraries has been restored in next year’s state budget:

“No one denies that this year’s state budget is the most challenging budget in living memory. Of the many necessary savings that were made this year, cutting libraries has been one of the most problematic and difficult,” the members stated.

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

Senate GOP: It’s Refreshing to Hear of Responsible Spending

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Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Does Job Efficiently

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee commended the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today for operating efficiently.

It is refreshing to hear that this agency continues to be a responsible steward of public resources. It was made evident today that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs not only proudly represents the men and women who faithfully served our country, but also operates in an open and cost-effective manner.

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

Members of the Senate Republican Budget Committee Issue Statement on FY 2011 Budget

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco and Senators Pennacchio, O’Toole, Oroho and Doherty, issued the following statement regarding the state of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:

“Years of serial fiscal mismanagement have brought us to this point. Too many administrations have taxed, borrowed, spent and deferred until the citizens of this state could take no more.

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Senator Mike Doherty

FDU Public Mind Poll Validates Senator Mike Doherty’s Position on Misguided Revel Bailout

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding the release of a Fairleigh Dickenson University/Public Mind poll quantifying the widespread public opposition to the $300 million tax break being offered to the Morgan Stanley Revel hotel project.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Introduce Legislation Barring Any State Employee’s Pay from Exceeding the Governor’s Salary

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced that he is drafting new legislation that would prohibit any state employee from making more than the governor.

“It is simply ridiculous that an employee of the state would qualify for a higher salary than the governor,” Doherty began. “The Governor of the State of New Jersey has by far the hardest job in the state and the most responsibility. The state payroll should reflect that fact.”

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