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Bramnick Renews Call for Reforming Sick Time Payouts

Republican Leader Cites $232,000 Bayonne Payout to Retired Fire Chief Assembly Republican Press Release – Following reports of a hefty payout package for the retiring Bayonne fire chief, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called for immediate changes in the state’s sick-leave payout rules. “This enormous payout is a reason why property taxes are so high,” …

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O’Scanlon op-ed: Princeton Professor Succeeds in Cheapening Future Legitimate Charges of Racism

PolitickerNJ  (Op-ed by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon) – One tragic thing occurred and one tragic fact was laid bare as a result of the Princeton professor’s arrest and subsequent saga that ended yesterday with her quietly paying her fines. She both succeeded in cheapening future legitimate charges of racism, and highlighting the deterioration of society’s opinion …

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Ciattarelli talks about impact on Central Jersey if NJ Transit strike

CentralJersey.com – Ray Lee was about to board the Dinky Wednesday afternoon when he summed up the feeling travelers will have if a promised rail workers’ strike happens this Sunday. NJ Transit finds itself embroiled in a protracted contract dispute with its 4,300 train workers, such that they are due to go on strike one …

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Carroll talks about minimum wage hike proposal

NJTV – Leslie Roberson opened JNR Beauty Supplies in Hammonton three months ago. She employs six people part-time but can’t swing $15 an hour. “Fifteen dollars? I couldn’t survive right now, doing that. Maybe in the future I could, but I’m a new business, so that’d be difficult to do right now,” she said. Democratic …

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Webber weighs in on equal pay bills

Burlington County Times – New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Monday that would mandate all workers receive paid sick time, and two bills aimed at ensuring women receive equal pay on the job. All three have received support from union and worker advocacy groups but have drawn opposition from business groups. The pay equity bills would …

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Bramnick says comedian’s fake gun charges should be dropped

Source: Star-Ledger – A state legislator believes charges should be dropped for Carlo Bellario, the actor/comedian facing up to five years in jail for having a fake gun while filming a movie in Woodbridge last year. Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said he and Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) are working on a bill that would give …

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DiMaio chastises Democrats over Assembly’s $190 million day

Soure: Save Jersey – On Monday, Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-Warren, Hunterdon) let Democrats have it for proposing no less than nine separate spending bills on Assembly Appropriations Committee agenda for a single day while a paid sick leave measure cleared the State Senate. “Collectively these bills, if enacted, would cost New Jersey taxpayers more than …

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Brown: Possibility of in-state casino competition already hurting AC

Source: APP.com – A key lawmaker pushing for casinos in northern New Jersey says the state could impose a tax rate of 40 to 60 percent on their winnings. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, a northern New Jersey Democrat, said Monday the exact tax rate will be negotiated and included in “enabling legislation.” Lawmakers have not committed …

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Chris A. Brown discusses impact of north Jersey casinos on Atlantic City

Star Ledger – It’s been a key question surrounding plans to expand casino gambling to the northern part of New Jersey: If voters approve the two new gambling halls, what tax rate would casino owners have to pay the state? On Monday, one of the proposal’s leading advocates gave a hint. State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo …

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Assembly Panel Approves Carroll & Bucco Bill Ensuring PILOT Payment Distributions are Fair to Property Taxpayers

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation (A326/1475) sponsored by Assembly Republicans Michael Patrick Carroll and Anthony M. Bucco, approved today by the State and Local Government Committee, requires a portion of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes to be shared with county government and school districts. To spur economic development or urban renewal, local governments often negotiate payments-in-lieu-of-taxes making a …

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