Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) says that a plan to subsidize the American Dream Meadowlands project with $1 billion in government bonds is a bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers in this editorial published in the Star-Ledger on June 2, 2016:
Last fall, the Triple Five Group boasted that the nearly $5 billion construction cost of the long-delayed American Dream Meadowlands mall makes it “the most expensive retail project on earth.”
The American Dream project is a retail and entertainment center that remains under construction at the Meadowlands Sports Complex located in East Rutherford.
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) introduced legislation to make the process of filing for New Jersey’s homestead tax rebate easier for residents, especially seniors.
“This rebate is a valuable tool for homeowners to ease the burden of our high property taxes in New Jersey,” Senator Doherty said. “We need to eliminate any roadblocks they might encounter and make it easier for more people to take advantage of this program.”
Advanced: Doherty Bill Requiring MVC to Issue Windshield Certificates for Vehicles Exempt From Inspection
Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to require the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue certificates to vehicles exempt from inspection has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. This would include passenger vehicles from 1995 and older under a change coming to the state inspection program.
“Issuing these exemption certificates is a commonsense update to existing law that would have a positive impact on countless New Jersey drivers,” Senator Doherty said. “Preventing unnecessary motor vehicle stops enables law enforcement officials to save valuable time and police resources, and focus on keeping our roadways and communities safe.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.
“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”
Ahead of Expected Weekend Storm, New Law Cuts Red Tape for Kids Offering Snow Shoveling Services
Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“It’s incredible that some towns wanted kids to register as businesses or buy expensive solicitation permits before offering to shovel their neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks,” said Doherty. “This new law sends the message that kids looking to make a few bucks on a snow day shouldn’t be subjected to government red tape or fined for shoveling snow.”
Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” Signed Into Law
Legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) designating Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom has been signed into law.
“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that New Jersey honor the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by naming part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on December 14, 2015 to announce their opposition to a New Jersey gas tax increase.
Sen. Beck presented a plan to fund New Jersey’s roads and bridges without increasing gas taxes, and Sen. Doherty explained how his legislative effort to reduce our highest-in-the-nation highway costs should be part of the solution.
On behalf of New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers, Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference today and presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals.
“By tightening our belts during a long-term fiscal plan, we can finally give sorely needed relief, predictability and good news to overburdened New Jersey families, employers and prospective job creators,” Beck said. “After months of research with New Jersey’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, it is clear that state government can implement a seven-year financial plan that annually funds a $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund program with no Democrat gas tax hike, and annually funds the state’s growing public pension system obligation without Democrat income or sales tax hikes.”
Senator Doherty addressed fundamental issues with how existing money taxpayers have paid the state for transportation programs. Doherty sponsors S-2811 to ultimately lower costs for drivers and taxpayers via the “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.”
“It is repugnant for the state to demand more money from taxpayers for the Transportation Trust Fund, without first stopping all of the waste, abuse and lack of proper oversight that is clearly occurring with New Jersey road, bridge and other infrastructure projects,” Doherty said. “With alternatives to meet our transportation funding needs, including reducing our highest-in-the-nation highway costs, raising the gas tax should be the last option that the legislature considers. How can we justify asking more from drivers when it’s clear that the gas taxes they already pay aren’t spent wisely?”
Noting that some municipalities have resisted for years and sometimes decades efforts to account for increases in home prices that may affect their residents’ property tax obligations or reduce their share of state aid, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s announcement that it will conduct an investigation to determine whether to order revaluations in Jersey City, Dunellen and Elizabeth, followed by future investigations of additional municipalities.
“For years, I’ve worked to highlight the fact that some towns have massively gamed the system to shift their property tax burden to others and collect state aid they don’t deserve,” said Doherty. “Today’s announcement is recognition that they should no longer be given a free ride at everyone else’s expense.”
According to the Division of Taxation, it has determined that the municipalities targeted for investigation appear to be the most dramatically out of compliance with Constitutional and statutory provisions requiring fair and uniform property tax assessments.
Bill Authorizing Kids to Offer Snow Shoveling Services Heads to General Assembly
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval.
“It’s ridiculous to suggest that kids looking to earn a few bucks shoveling sidewalks and driveways might need expensive permits from their municipalities,” said Doherty. “This bill ensures that kids have the right to offer to shovel snow without fear of breaking the law.”