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Kean-sponsored N.J. alimony law changes on the horizon

Asbury Park Press – One of the constant complaints about New Jersey is the unfairness of alimony laws. That may be changing. The state Assembly approved a bill to remove the term “permanent alimony” from state law. It applies to future divorces but it has a “rebuttable presumption” that payments will end once the person …

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O’Scanlon reacts to Moody’s review of arbitration cap

Asbury Park Press – The interest rates that New Jersey taxpayers pay when the state borrows money may get cheaper. New Jersey’s long streak of scoldings from Wall Street for shaky finances changed course when Moody’s Investor Service said Gov. Chris Christie’s reauthorization of a 2 percent cap on base salary police and fire arbitration …

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Bramnick blasts Legislative decision to call 13 more witnesses in bridge-lane closings

Source: Associated Press – The New Jersey legislative panel looking into lane closures near the George Washington Bridge wants to call 13 more witnesses, including Gov. Chris Christie’s political strategist and the mayor of the town that was paralyzed by gridlock for four mornings. One of the committee’s co-chairs, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, said she …

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Bucco Introduces Bill to Keep People in New Jersey

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – A day after the Democrats’ budget unleashed massive tax increases that will further fuel the out-migration of some New Jerseyans, Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco renewed his call for reform to help the state retain some of the residents who are being driven away due to unfavorable …

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Bramnick calls SCI ‘investigation that will never end.’

Source: Newsday – The New Jersey legislative panel looking into lane closures near the George Washington Bridge wants to call 13 more witnesses, including Gov. Chris Christie’s political strategist and the mayor of the town that was paralyzed by gridlock for four mornings. Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick blasted the committee Friday, saying it is …

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O’Scanlon Says Moody’s “Credit Positive” Arbitration Article a Good Sign for State

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, said a recent article by Moody’s that described the signing of the interest arbitration law as “credit positive” is good news for New Jersey as the rating agency values the priority the state places in controlling government costs. “Moody’s analysis confirms the important …

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Schepisi laments ‘last minute rush’ to pass long-debated alimony legislation

Source: The Star-Ledger – A long effort to change New Jersey’s “ancient” law on alimony is beginning to gain steam in the state Legislature. The state Assembly Judiciary Committee today voted 6-0 to approve a compromise bill that would strike the term “permanent alimony” from the law books and make other changes to the system, …

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Brown calls Showboat closing ‘painful news’ for working class families

Source: Inquirer – Showboat Atlantic City hotel and casino will shut down Aug. 31, Caesars Entertainment announced Friday, citing declining revenue, increased competition and a high tax burden for the decision to close. “While we regret the impact that this decision will have on our Showboat associates, we believe this is a necessary step to …

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Bramnick: Wisniewski Committee is Conducting “Investigation That Never Ends”

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement after today’s news report that the Special Committee on Investigation announced 13 new witnesses will be subpoenaed over the summer: “This is the problem when ‘politicians investigate politicians.’ It never ends. Does anyone think that John Wisniewski, …

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O’Scanlon, Brown: Taxes do ‘more harm than good’

Source: Inquirer – In party-line votes, Democratic lawmakers on Thursday approved a $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning Tuesday, funded in part by two tax increases Gov. Christie has pledged to veto.   “We have ended up with a document that in mere hours will become totally irrelevant,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R., …

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