Public employee benefits at center of budget storm; O’Scanlon plans reforms

Source: Edison Sentinel – A ranking Republican legislator predicts that skyrocketing health benefit costs for public employees in New Jersey will cripple the state’s budget in less than six years. State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), who serves as the GOP budget officer in the Assembly, said last week he is hoping to unveil a package …

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O’Scanlon applauds Pohatcong leadership in sending message to companies peddling speed cameras

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today enthusiastically applauded Pohatcong Township’s stance on speed cameras. Pohatcong Township Mayor James Kern believes that speed cameras would be a mistake given the problems the red-light cameras are already causing. Tonight, he is pushing for an ordinance that would prohibit the cameras for speed-enforcement …

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Dancer Bill Aims To Prevent Child Deaths In Hot Cars

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth is protecting young children and preventing tragedies with legislation he introduced that increases penalties for adults who leave a child unattended in a car. “Every summer we hear of more unattended young children dying in overheated cars. These are preventable deaths …

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Munoz taking the Food Stamp Challenge

Source: NJ 101.5 – As The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies down, a new challenge has emerged. From Sept. 8 through Sept. 14, two New Jersey Assembly members will take part in the Food Stamp Challenge. Assembly members Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) and Mila Jasey (D-Maplewood) will have to survive on the amount of money food …

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Red-light cameras: Following O’Scanlon’s lead, Trenton might do the right thing for a change

Source: The Star-Ledger (Paul Mulshine) – The term “blue moon” describes the second full moon occurring in one month. This rarely occurs, hence the saying “once in a blue moon,” as in “Once in a blue moon, the Legislature actually does something that makes life better for the average New Jerseyan.” The next blue moon will …

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Dancer introduces bill for common sense in gun law enforcement

Source: Burlington County Times – New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer has introduced legislation intended to give state judges more discretion when sentencing out-of-state residents found in violation of New Jersey’s strict laws against carrying or transporting guns. Dancer, R-12th of Plumsted, authored the bill earlier this month in response to the case of Shaneen Allen, …

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Fiocchi Business Round Table Aims to Cut Down on Red Tape [video]

Source: NBC 40 [video] – After literally cutting through red tape, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, members of the governor’s Red Tape Commission and over 35 business leaders went to work. “A lot of businesses have a lot of issues, they want to get business started or need to continue with their business and they have a …

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Rible: PSE&G transmission investment program sparks economic growth

Source: Times of Trenton Letter to the Editor by Dave Rible – The results of a Rutgers University study released this week shows PSE&G’s 10-year, $8.1 billion transmission investment program, which began in 2011, is an “economic engine” for New Jersey. According to the study, the transmission upgrades are responsible for creating 6,000 jobs annually, …

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Fiocchi, Business Leaders Tackle Red Tape Issues

Press Release – In Vineland today, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi met with 40 area business owners to discuss way to improve the state’s regulatory environment. Fiocchi was joined by Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana, a member of Gov. Christie’s Red Tape Review Commission (RTRC). The event, which took place at Cumberland County College, featured several business …

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Singer, Kean, Rible Statement on Passing of Aaron Sofer

Source: Press Release – Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible (R-30) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lakewood’s Aaron Sofer. “Our thoughts and prayers today are with the Sofer family. Aaron’s tragic death is an unthinkable loss for his family, peers and the entire Lakewood community. Aaron’s dedication …

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