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O’Scanlon: If Dems are serious about property tax relief, let’s talk

Source: NJSpotlight – State lawmakers put Gov. Chris Christie’s treasurer on the defensive yesterday for much of his first appearance before them since the governor proposed a new state budget last month. The Assembly Budget Committee’s members questioned Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff on property tax relief funding, public-employee pension contributions, and the stability of transportation spending …

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Brown: Rather than criticize Gov., Dems should focus on budget solutions

Source: NorthJersey.com – For the first time since 1994, the state treasurer and legislative budget officer agree on revenue projections for the year ahead. But the two experts of New Jersey’s finances diverge on two of the higher profile issues affecting taxpayers: pensions and the current state of transportation funding. In a day-long, split session …

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Casagrande: Ensure justice for the developmentally disabled

Asbury Park Press op-ed by Caroline Casagrande – The recent news reports concerning Howell’s Parker Drake and the mistreatment he received from two young men in the town are horrifying. The young men offered Parker $20 and two packs of cigarettes to jump into the 30-degree water of the Manasquan jetty. They filmed, taunted and …

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O’Scanlon: Responsible Budget Slices Borrowing and One-Shot Revenues

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R- Monmouth, released the following statement today after the budget committee heard overviews and revenue projections from David J. Rosen, Legislative Budget and Finance Officer and State Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff: “This is not a kick-the-can-down-the-road budget. This budget, in conjunction with the …

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Chris J. Brown Calls for Bipartisan Support of Sustainable Pension Reforms

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Christopher J. Brown issued the following statement calling for bipartisan support of the governor’s “roadmap” for pension reform after listening to testimony from State Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff to the Assembly Budget Committee: “New Jersey taxpayers want us to work together and find a solution to a $60 …

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Angelini Introduces Bill To Protect Drug-Endangered Children

Press Release – Deputy Republican Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth, is sponsoring legislation that would make a parent or caregiver who unlawfully uses, manufactures, or distributes a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) while in the presence of a child guilty of endangering the welfare of that child. “Sadly, there are 9.2 million children in the …

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Auth comments on bill giving sales tax break to A.C. businesses

Source: The Star-Ledger – The state Assembly has passed a bill that would make Atlantic City New Jersey’s 33rd Urban Enterprise Zone, allowing qualifying businesses there to charge a 3.5 cent sales tax instead of the normal 7 cent tax. The money collected would be spent in the struggling resort, rather than going into state …

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O’Scanlon expects revenue projections likely to be similiar

Philadelphia Inquirer – Budget gurus for the Christie administration and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are set to say how much money New Jersey will bring in this year – and unlike last year their views will likely align, lawmakers say. The projections, which Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff and Office of Legislative Services director David Rosen will present …

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Brown, Christie urge Legislature to act on A.C. PILOT legislation

Source: Press of Atlantic City – Gov. Chris Christie urged the Legislature to put a bill intended to stabilize Atlantic City’s tax base on his desk, his spokesman Kevin Roberts said Friday. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, plan requires Atlantic City casinos to pay a total of $150 million to Atlantic City …

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Casagrande, Kean others want law to protect mentally challenged

Source: Asbury Park Press – Political support is growing fast for stronger laws to protect adults with developmental disabilities, after the Asbury Park Press broke a story this week of a Howell teen with autism who escaped death when he jumped off a Manasquan jetty into the frigid ocean in February on a dare. Senator …

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