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Bucco says Legislature needs to focus on property tax issue

Asbury Park Press – Hold onto your wallets: Property taxes in New Jersey increased by their fastest rate in four years in 2015, with landowners shelling out an extra $537 million. The hike pushed the average local tax bill to $8,354 for homeowners, up $193 from the prior year, according to data compiled exclusively by …

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Brown: ‘We’re Going to Help You by Destroying You’

Source: Politico New Jersey – The Democratic leaders of the state Legislature, locked in a bitter contest over who has the better proposal to allow casinos in North Jersey, refused to blink Thursday as the two-year legislative session neared its close. In a dispute colored with shades of gubernatorial politics and Democratic regionalism, both men …

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Auth-Schepisi ‘Joan’s Law’ bill will not come up for vote before next session, sponsors say

Source: NorthJersey.com – A bill that would have amended “Joan’s Law” by denying parole to anyone convicted of killing a child under 18 during a sexual assault will not come up for a vote in Trenton before the current legislative session ends next week, sponsors confirmed Thursday. The law, named for Joan D’Alessandro, who was …

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Bramnick to Democrats: “On this one, you’ve gone too far”

Source: Save Jersey Blog [video] – “When we discuss bills and we discuss policy on the floor of the house, there are disagreements, and most of the policies have short-term consequences. Redistricting, in this way, has an extremely detrimental long-term consequence to the voters. And that is permanent one-party rule in this state. Of course, …

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Assembly GOP Members Accuse Dems of Stifling Debate [video]

Source: NJTV News [video] – There was very little effort to hide the mutual disdain among members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee during today’s marathon public hearing on four constitutional amendments potentially headed before voters in the fall. Republicans accuse Democrats of steamrolling through the hearings without leaving room for debate. “If I’m not allowed to …

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Bramnick: Democrats’ redistricting plan an ‘abuse of power’

Source: Star-Ledger – One opponent likened the plan to something Adolph Hitler would do. Another cried that King George III may as well be involved. And top Republican lawmakers vowed to do everything in their power to prevent it from ever being implemented. It appears all but certain that New Jersey voters will be asked …

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Brown: A.C. is being forgotten in battle over casino legislation

Source: Asbury Park Press – A high-stakes game of chicken over how to ask New Jersey voters whether they want two new casinos in the northern part of the state will come to a head next week when the legislative session is to end. The Senate and Assembly each plan to vote Monday on their …

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Brown objects at Assembly public hearing on North Jersey casinos

Atlantic City Press – Assembly and Senate committees held public hearings Thursday on a plan that would ask voters to approve up to two North Jersey casinos in November. Expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City would require a constitutional amendment. A public hearing is required by law when attempting to amend the constitution. The Assembly …

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Brown Debates Possible Gaming In Northern New Jersey

CBS 3/Philadelphia – Separate measures were debated in New Jersey legislative committees aimed at putting a question of voters that would allow casinos outside Atlantic City. But it’s unlikely those current efforts will succeed given one major difference in the competing plans. It comes down to who would get two North Jersey licenses. The Assembly …

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Brown and Schepisi Trade Barbs with Committe Chairman Over Constitutional Amendments

PolitickerNJ – In a hearing of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, legislators heard public testimony on a suite of Democratically backed constitutional amendments. With no action to be taken Thursday, the hearing quickly became an opportunity for members of the committee to attack each other. Chris Brown (R-2) and Holly Schepisi (R-39) led the charge, with …

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