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Casagrande Puts NJ Families First

BettyLou DeCroce, Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini

Improving the workplace in New Jersey for women and families is the impetus behind a two-bill package that has been announced by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande.



The first bill would provide a 50 percent tax credit to companies that offer childcare assistance.

“The credit can be earned in a number of ways. It can be earned by operating an on-site child care facility, by contracting with outside childcare providers, by paying for employees individualized childcare. It also applies to home-based providers,” said Casagrande. “Companies will get decreased turnover and increased production. It’ll reduce missed workdays and will make employees more likely to stay with the companies.”

From: NJ 101.5 FM w/audio

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Casagrande unveils 50% tax credit measure to help working mothers

A group of Republican women lawmakers unveiled legislation today designed to keep women in the workplace, help them balance families and careers, and reward companies that contribute to that effort.

Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-11, Freehold, was joined by six other GOP legislators as she announced a bill that would provide a 50 percent tax credit for companies that offer child care assistance, and another measure that would honor and recognize businesses that join a so-called Family First initiative to encourage working women.

In reference to the struggle working mothers face in raising families and earning a living, Casagrande said that “If we keep that talent we will absolutely grow the GDP, this is a growth bill.’’

They said they would welcome support of female Democratic lawmakers to make this a bipartisan effort.

Standing alongside Casagrande in announcing the bills were Assembly members Donna Simon, R-16, Flemington; Nancy Muñoz, R-21, Summit; BettyLou DeCroce, R-26, Parsippany; Mary Pat Angelini, R-11, Ocean; Holly Schepisi, R-39, Westwood; and DiAnne Gove, R-9, Forked River.

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Casagrande says tax credits for businesses can help women and families

Caroline Casagrande, Mary Pat Angelini and Nancy Muñoz

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande says she wants state tax credits to be given to businesses that provide child care benefits to workers, saying the economy can be strengthened by improving the workplace for women and families.

A 50 percent tax credit to companies that operate or contract for child care services or reimburse employees for expenses “will benefit families, will benefit employers and will benefit our state economy,’’ Casagrande said.

Casagrande, joined by running mate Mary Pat Angelini and four other female Republican Assembly members, said she wants to also establish a “Family First’’ program that recognizes employers that adhere to a set of best practices such as giving workers scheduling or location flexibility.

From: Gannett

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Local Legislators ‘Gratified’ With New Special Ed Task Force Law

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible and Sen. Jennifer Beck to create a task force to improve the funding, delivery and effectiveness of special education programs and services in New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Christie.

Dave Rible

“This is a victory for the hundreds of parents I’ve met while visiting schools and special education programs who feel that their kids are falling through the cracks,” Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, said. “We can’t walk away from these families and this task force will examine everything to make special education more efficient and effective in a meaningful reform of our system that will benefit our special needs children.

“This is one of the most emotional issues I’ve been involved in, and I’m gratified that Governor Christie signed this bill,” Rible added.

Rible and Beck introduced the bill, S-600 / A-1365, in response to an Asbury Park Press series in 2010 on New Jersey’s special education system. The series, “Special Care, Unknown Costs,” questioned the cost and effectiveness of the state’s various special education programs. The series revealed a lack of standards and little oversight of how the $3 billion spent on special education every year is utilized.

The bipartisan legislation was also prime-sponsored by Assembly members Mary Pat Angelini, Jason O’Donnell and Donna Simon, and Sen. Teresa M. Ruiz.

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini and Donna Simon creating a task force to improve the funding, delivery and effectiveness of special education programs and services in New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Christie.

“This task force will determine a more efficient and effective way of helping special-needs students achieve their fullest potential,” Angelini, R-Monmouth, said. “New Jersey has some outstanding special education teachers and programs and we can learn from their best practices to improve programs through the state. We thank Governor Christie for taking action to strengthen special education in New Jersey.”

Angelini and Simon sponsored A-1365, that was first introduced by Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth, in response to an Asbury Park Press series in 2010 on New Jersey’s special education system. The series, “Special Care, Unknown Costs,” questioned the cost and effectiveness of the state’s various special education programs. The series revealed a lack of standards and little oversight of how the $3 billion spent on special education every year is utilized.

Under the bill, the Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students would study various issues including:

  • Methods of classifying and education special needs students.
  • Best practices for special education.
  • Strategies to reduce costs associated with out-of-district placements.
  • Standards to ensure programs meets students’ needs and focus on achievement.


“This task force will draft the blueprint we need to build a better model of special education that is focused first and foremost on student achievement,” Simon, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex, said. “This task force will reflect the best ideas of talented educators, caring advocates and passionate parents who have the best insights to make New Jersey’s special education system the best in the nation. Governor Christie’s action will revolutionize special education in our state.”

The task force will consist of the state Education Commissioner and 16 members appointed by the Governor, included parents, teachers, administrators and advocates involved in the special education community. The task force will have 180 days after it organizes to present its findings and recommendations.


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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini to make it easier to find substance abuse treatment facilities was approved today by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

“Struggling with substance abuse is difficult enough without having to search the ends of the earth for a place that offers treatment,” Angelini, R-Monmouth, said. “Treatment providers, county and state officials can do a better job keeping people informed about their options for help.”

The bill, A-3756, requires licensed residential or outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities to provide certain information to county health departments to displayed on county and state web sites. In addition to basic contact information, the center would detail each center’s capacity, number of openings and average waiting time for treatment. Information would be updated annually, or more frequently at the center’s discretion.

“The decision to seek treatment is not made lightly and the last thing I’d want is for someone to think twice because we don’t have an easy-to-find listing of all the wonderful programs available in New Jersey,” Angelini said. “This is a small step that could save someone’s life.”


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Jersey Shore GOP Cries Foul

Seven Jersey Shore Legislators Say Democrat Ashbritt Hearing “Tainted the Shore’s Recovery with Politics”

“Blue” Jersey is predominantly red at the Jersey Shore, Save Jerseyans, and the mostly-Republican legislative delegations representing those counties were less than pleased in the wake of Friday’s joint legislative Ashbritt contract hearing.

Read comments from Assembly Republicans Dave Rible, John Amodeo, Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande, Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon from Save Jersey.

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Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, both R-Monmouth, issued the following statements on efforts to interject partisan politics into the shore’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth:

“There is no place for partisan politics when our communities recover from the worst natural disaster of our generation. The Christie administration’s rapid response removed mountains of debris as quickly as possible with responsible protections for taxpayers. Continuing to practice the stale politics of the past will slow down our recovery and prevent our state from moving forward.”

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth:

“Superstorm Sandy created plenty of legitimate issues for our state to work on without having to resort to a political witch hunt in search of a problem during an election year. While our communities will deal with the aftermath of this storm for several years, some Trenton politicians couldn’t wait a few months before throwing a partisan punch aimed directly at folks who are still reeling from Sandy’s blow. Perhaps they would like to come to the shore to help rebuild, instead of sitting in Trenton throwing political darts.”

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Angelini: Community providers can meet needs of residents with disabilities

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) said she is confident that community providers can meet the needs of more residents with disabilities. “We have to be sure that these agencies have the money to offer those supports,” she said.

Angelini noted that the crowd at the legislative hearing was oppsed to closing the centers, but that there are thousands of families that prefer community placements.

“I’m sure that the fear of change is something that’s really driving this as well,” she said.

From: NJ Spotlight

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N.J. Assembly Republicans urge action on property tax reduction bills

Assembly Republican lawmakers today urged Democrats to “finish the job” led by Gov. Chris Christie and vote on two bills they said would help stem New Jersey’s historically high property taxes.

Noting that property tax increases are at a historic low because of a 2 percent property tax cap agreed to by both parties, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said it was “appropriate and reasonable” to take action on legislation that would end unused sick-leave payouts for local employees.

He also pushed for a bill (A895) that would allow municipalities to opt out of the civil service system. Christie has said the cumbersome rules complicate mergers between local governments, which is seen as cost saver.

“We started the work of reducing the tax burden on New Jersey, and we know it’s working,” said Bramnick, who was accompanied by Assemblymen David Rible (R-Monmouth) and Scott Rumana (R-Passaic) and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) at the Statehouse press conference.

From: Star-Ledger

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