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Casagrande: BPU should act on judge’s rate cut recommendation

Source: Asbury Park Press [Letter-to-the-Editor by Caroline Casagrande] -

Caroline Casagrande

A state administrative law judge has recommended state regulators cut Jersey Central Power & Light’s rates by $107.5 million. It is now time for the Board of Public Utilities to act. JCP&L customers have waited over three years for relief. The BPU should respond quickly and in the best interest of consumers who have been footing the bill.

In 2011, the Division of Rate Counsel voiced concerns that JCP&L was earning excessive profits and not investing in infrastructure improvements. BPU ordered JCP&L to open its books to determine whether its profits were reasonable. The findings proved they were not, which is what the ratepayer advocate and I had been saying all along. BPU staff recommended that JCP&L cut its rates by $169.8 million.

In April 2013, when JCP&L sought a rate increase, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and I spoke out in opposition at a public hearing in Freehold. We presented the BPU with a petition with 1,600 signatures of individuals who cited the utility’s poor performance and communication with customers after superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

JCP&L is expected to file an appeal of the judge’s recent recommendation. It is my hope BPU will do its job, and protect ratepayers from illegally high utility rates. Consumers have a right to expect reliable, quality service. They were overcharged and it’s time to start repaying that money without excuse or delays. We know we can’t be late paying our electric bills. The state shouldn’t let JCP&L be late returning people their own money.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
11th Legislative District

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Casagrande: BPU should act on judge’s rate cut recommendation

Caroline Casagrande

Asbury Park Press Letter-to-the-editor by Caroline Casagrande -

A state administrative law judge has recommended state regulators cut Jersey Central Power & Light’s rates by $107.5 million. It is now time for the Board of Public Utilities to act. JCP&L customers have waited over three years for relief. The BPU should respond quickly and in the best interest of consumers who have been footing the bill.

In 2011, the Division of Rate Counsel voiced concerns that JCP&L was earning excessive profits and not investing in infrastructure improvements. BPU ordered JCP&L to open its books to determine whether its profits were reasonable. The findings proved they were not, which is what the ratepayer advocate and I had been saying all along. BPU staff recommended that JCP&L cut its rates by $169.8 million.

In April 2013, when JCP&L sought a rate increase, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and I spoke out in opposition at a public hearing in Freehold. We presented the BPU with a petition with 1,600 signatures of individuals who cited the utility’s poor performance and communication with customers after superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

JCP&L is expected to file an appeal of the judge’s recent recommendation. It is my hope BPU will do its job, and protect ratepayers from illegally high utility rates. Consumers have a right to expect reliable, quality service. They were overcharged and it’s time to start repaying that money without excuse or delays. We know we can’t be late paying our electric bills. The state shouldn’t let JCP&L be late returning people their own money.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

11th Legislative District

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Casagrande presented with ‘Elected Women of Excellence’ award

Source: Red Bank Hub -

Caroline Casagrande

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) announced Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11) as one of its 2014 Elected Women of Excellence Award winners.

Casagrande was one of 19 honorees to receive the award at the Toast to the Women of Excellence ceremony in Philadelphia during NFWL’s recent 2014 annual conference.

The award was established in 2013 as part of the NFWL’s 75th-anniversary celebration to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. NFWL has recognized 60 elected women from 37 states.

Winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states and then chosen by NFWL board members. Casagrande was nominated by NFWL Chair and state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7).

“We are thrilled to acknowledge these women,” Allen said in a press release. “They showcase the strong leadership qualities, focused work ethic and determination that we try to instill in young women across the nation, and deserve to be recognized for their tremendous efforts.”

Casagrande is currently serving her fourth term in the New Jersey Assembly. She is the assistant Republican leader and a member of the Appropriations, Financial Institutions and Insurance, and Women and Children committees.

For more information about NFWL, visit www.womenlegislators.org.

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Casagrande discusses deer hunting legislation

Caroline Casagrande

NJ Herald -

Is allowing commercial deer hunting a good idea? Some lawmakers in New Jersey are trying to overturn the state’s ban on hunters selling deer meat, and they are getting support from some ecologists.

A bill was introduced into the General Assembly earlier this year that would do just that, and the bill is currently waiting for a hearing in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

“Anybody driving around is able to see a deer population that has exploded,” said Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, who is sponsoring the bill. “I’m concerned about the high number of Lyme cases and I’m also very concerned about the car accidents, half of which occur between October and December.”

The bill, A-3039, is still waiting to be heard by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee before it can move forward. If passed, hunters will be able to apply for a commercial hunting license which not only allows the sale of deer meat, but also meat from small game such as beavers, raccoons, and otters.

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Assembly Approves Casagrande Measure on Life-Saving Allergy Treatment in Schools

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Caroline Casagrande’s legislation to increase access to life-saving medicine for children with severe allergies in school earned approval today in the General Assembly. The bill, A-304, authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction.

Caroline Casagrande

“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”

Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.

“While many parents of children with serious food allergies supply a prescription to the school nurse or teacher, not all kids have an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed specifically for them. This helps those children,” said Casagrande.

Current law requires that parents provide written authorization for the school to administer an injection. However, Casagrande said “a student with an undiagnosed allergy can have a reaction for the first time in the school.”

The bill also requires that schools maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, and amends the law to provide immunity to school employees and agents for good faith acts or omissions concerning the emergency administration of epinephrine to specifically include a physician providing a prescription under a standing protocol for school epinephrine. In response to the rise in child food allergies, a number of states have enacted laws allowing schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine that can be used for any student in an anaphylactic emergency.

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Casagrande/Consumer Advocates Push State to Resolve JCP&L Rate Case

NJ Spotlight -

Angry that a pending rate case has dragged on for more than three years, legislators and consumer advocates yesterday called on state regulators to quickly make a decision on a proposal that could mean significant reductions in bills for customers of Jersey Central Power & Light.

The rate case, initiated by a petition from the state Division of Rate Counsel claiming JCP&L was earning too much from its customers, could reduce bills for ratepayers by up to one-third, if positions taken by the division and by the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities are upheld.

The case has not been decided yet, primarily because an administrative law court judge has repeatedly asked for delays following extensive hearings on the proposal. The court is expected to issue a decision by December 29, but then the matter will have to be reviewed by the BPU, which can reject, modify, or accept the judge’s decision. That ruling may not come before next spring.

Both Rate Counsel and the BPU’s staff have argued the revenues of the state’s second-largest utility should be reduced by at least $200 million. In its initial filing, JCP&L sought a rate increase of $31 million.

Part of the frustration expressed by lawmakers and members of AARP of New Jersey is that both state agencies agree the utility is earning far above what it is entitled to under regulations. At the least, they would like the BPU to approve a separate petition by Rate Counsel to establish provisional rates dating back to last August.

Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) agreed. “Nobody is getting their money back,’’ she said. “It’s outrageous.’’

Among other things, Rate Counsel argued in its filings that the utility had cut back spending investments in its infrastructure as well on tree trimming — a major factor in power outages during storms. As a result, over a three year period the utility returned $170 million to its Akron-based parent, FirstEnergy, according to the filing.

The BPU, which discussed the issue in a closed executive session before its monthly meeting, also said little about the issue. BPU President Richard Mroz noted there is a lot of interest in the case, but said the agency would not take any action on the issue at its meeting. He said a decision by the judge is expected soon.

For JCP&L customers, there are some positives in delays in deciding the rate case. Earlier this year, the BPU approved the utility to collect $736 million for storm restoration costs from a variety of extreme weather events in recent years, including Hurricane Sandy. Those costs will not be passed on to ratepayers until the current rate case is decided.

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Casagrande Presented with 2014 Elected Women of Excellence Award by NFWL

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Caroline Casagrande

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande as one of its 2014 Elected Women of Excellence Award winners.

This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. In all, NFWL has recognized 60 elected women from 37 states.

The awards were presented to the nineteen 2014 honorees at a glamorous Toast to the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during NFWL’s recent 2014 Annual Conference.

“We are thrilled to acknowledge these women,” remarks NFWL Chair and New Jersey Senator, Diane Allen. “They showcase the strong leadership qualities, focused work ethic, and determination that we try to instill in young women across the nation, and deserve to be recognized for their tremendous efforts.”

Assemblywoman Casagrande, nominated by Senator Allen, is currently serving her Fourth term in the New Jersey Assembly and is the Assistant Republican Leader. She represents the 11th Legislative District in Monmouth County. Casagrande is a member of the Appropriations, Financial Institutions and Insurance and the Women and Children Committees.

Assemblywoman Casagrande is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, and Rutgers School of Law.

Assemblywoman Casagrande received the 2014 Child Advocate of the Year Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. She was also given the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Taxpayer Champion Award by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance. The Assemblywoman also received the Today’s Youth Asia Young Achievers Award and was named a 2013 “NJ Rising Star” by Gannett Company, Inc.

The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states and then chosen by NFWL board members.

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INNOVATION HONORED AT EVENT ATTENDED BY SENATOR KEAN AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN CASAGRANDE

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande praised the importance of innovation to New Jersey as they attended Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs Award ceremony last night in Gladstone. The Bell Labs Fellows award is the highest individual honor awarded in the Alcatel-Lucent technical community and is externally recognized world-wide. The Bell Labs Prize is an international competition for the best new ideas in information and communications technologies.

“The Bell Labs Award Event was truly a celebration of the heritage of innovation that is truly the hallmark of Bell Labs and its rich history in New Jersey” said Kean, R- Union, Somerset, Morris. As the sponsor of legislation, Senate bill 2442, that seeks to create a post-doctoral fellowship program that will enhance cutting-edge industrial research and development in New Jersey, I am hopeful that we can continue to partner with global leaders like Bell Labs to ensure that New Jersey remains at the very forefront of innovation.”

Caroline Casagrande

“Innovation and technology are keys to the growth of our economy” says Assemblywoman Casagrande, R- Monmouth County. “I congratulate the winners of these awards for their extraordinary work that has the potential to change the way we live, work and communicate with each other. New Jersey must partner with tech companies and our great universities to spur economic expansion and job creation.”

The $100,000 first prize was awarded to Princeton Assistant Professor Emmanuel Abbe for a Shannon Theory of Social Networks and Beyond. In addition to the cash prizes, all of the finalists will be offered the chance to continue to collaborate with Bell Labs to further explore and develop their ideas. Since the creation of the Bell Labs Prize six months ago, almost 500 applicants submitted their ideas for consideration.

The Bell Labs Fellows Award was given to six individuals:

Peter Winzer for his pioneering contributions to high-speed advanced optical modulation formats;
Stefan Weisser for his technical leadership and innovation in the field of optical transmission;
Mark M. Clougherty for his contributions to networking technical strategy, product design and architectural vision;
Stephen J. Trowbridge for technical leadership in optical transport and contributions to global standardization efforts;
Thomas M. Marzetta for inventions in multiple antenna wireless communications and leadership in Massive MIMO. He is the architect of 5G, the next generation of cellular communications; and
Danny Van Bruyssel for advancing the state of art in DSL solutions.

These six individuals join at elite group of 250 past Bell Labs Fellows, whose contributions have impacted the way the world communicates.

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Casagrande Recalls JFK’s Influence 51 years after his Assassination

Caroline Casagrande

Source: WOBM Radio -

Saturday, November 22, was the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and 51-years after his death, his principles continue to cross party lines, influencing elected officials at the Jersey Shore.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande noted how Kennedy’s command to ask what you can do for your country an inspiration and template for all leaders.

“It can still give me chills to think I need to make sure I am part of this movement of Idealism of this great nation and working to build it,” said Casagrande.

Casagrande added Kennedy’s daughter Caroline carries her father’s vision as the United States Ambassador to Japan.

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Senate Panel Approves Casagrande Measure on Life-Saving Allergy Treatment in Schools

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Caroline Casagrande

Assembly Republican Caroline Casagrande’s legislation to increase access to life-saving medicine for children with sever allergies in school earned approval today from the Senate Education Committee. The bill, A-304, approved by the General Assembly in May, authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction.

“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”

Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.

Current law requires that parents provide written authorization for the school to administer an injection. However, Casagrande said “a student with an undiagnosed allergy can have a reaction for the first time in the school.”

The bill also requires that schools maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, and amends the law to provide immunity to school employees and agents for good faith acts or omissions concerning the emergency administration of epinephrine to specifically include a physician providing a prescription under a standing protocol for school epinephrine. In response to the rise in child food allergies, a number of states have enacted laws allowing schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine that can be used for any student in an anaphylactic emergency.

“While many parents of children with serious food allergies supply a prescription to the school nurse or teacher, not all kids have an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed specifically for them. This helps these children,” said Casagrande.

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