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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
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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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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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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Doherty: Proposal to Reward Schools that Freeze Pay Is a Good, Common-Sense Idea

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Governor Christie’s plan to reward schools that freeze teacher pay with additional state funding:

“I whole-heartedly support Governor Christie’s proposal to reward those school systems that are working with the employees and the taxpayers to forge a reasonable budget in these difficult fiscal times. This is a common-sense reasonable response to those who are facing this fiscal crisis with a determination to fix the problem rather than the blame.

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Doherty & McHose Ask Dow to Join Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit

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Conservative leaders Call on Attorney General to Make NJ the 15th State; Receive Praise from Congressman Garrett

Senator Mike Doherty and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose today called on New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow to join Attorneys General in 14 other states in a lawsuit that holds that the $940 billion federal health care package signed into law this week is unconstitutional. No Republican in either house of Congress supported the bill.

Attorneys General in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota have already filed suit.

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Doherty Pension Reforms Signed into Law

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Senator Michael Doherty, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comment regarding his pension reform bill that was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill would limit and require employees’ to contribute to their health benefits plans.

“This package of pension reforms has been nearly five years in the making. The Murphy Report commissioned in 2005, recommended many of the reforms that were signed into law yesterday. Included in the recommendations was my provision that public employees be required to contribute to their health benefits plans.

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Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Tom Kean

Video: Public Employee Pension and Benefit Reform Bills Signed Into Law

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Several pieces of bipartisan legislation that reform the pensions and benefits of public employees were signed into law on Monday, March 22, by Governor Chris Christie. S-2 makes various pension system changes, S-3 requires contributions toward health care benefits by public employees and S-4 makes changes concerning payments to public employees for unused sick leave and sick leave injury in State service.

Sponsors and supporters of the bills included Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, Senator Barbara Buono, Senator Kevin J. O’Toole, Senator Michael J. Doherty, and Senator Paul Sarlo.

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Doherty Pension Bill Estimated to Save Towns and Schools Nearly $1 Billion Over Three Years

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Senator Michael Doherty’s employee health care reform legislation, Senate Bill 3, is estimated to save taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the next three fiscal years. The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 on Monday, will require state, local and school employees to pay at least 1.5% of their base salaries toward their health benefits.

“Nearly every private sector and federal government employee pays a far larger share of the soaring cost of health care coverage than this bill requires,” Senator Doherty said. “Our state is on the brink bankruptcy in part because we haven’t made the common sense changes to state and local benefit plans that many employers adopted decades ago.”

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Doherty & McHose Propose Constitutional “Health Care Freedom Amendment”

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Proposal Would Preserve the Freedom of Citizens to Choose Their Health Care

Senator Michael Doherty and Assemblywoman Alison McHose introduced legislation today that would give individuals the right to obtain the health benefits coverage of their choosing.

“Our citizens are rightly concerned that Washington, D.C. bureaucrats will force a government health care program upon them,” Doherty stated. “This amendment, if ratified by the voters of this state, will nullify any law that mandates health coverage within New Jersey’s borders.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Leaders Promise Swift Action on Bipartisan Pension Reform Bills

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Measures Would Protect Retirements of Rank-and-File Public Employees, Require Government to Meet Its Obligations

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Thomas Kean announced that bipartisan legislation to complete the unfinished business of reforming the state’s public employee pension and benefits system first begun nearly four years ago was formally introduced last night in the Senate.

The four bills would return the pension and benefits system to its original goal of ensuring the retirements of rank-and-file public employees and constitutionally require government to meet its annual pension obligations.

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