Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of legislation to reform public employee sick-leave payouts, said it’s shameful that Senate Democratic leaders scheduled a voting session on July 10th without a vote on any legislation, especially sick-leave payout reform, in light of yet another six-figure golden parachute on the backs of property taxpayers.
“Legislative Democrats are continuing to enable this gross abuse of property tax dollars that carries a nearly $1 billion liability across New Jersey,” Kyrillos said.
Legislation Lowers Speed Limits Around Public Parks
Senator Joe Kyrillos has introduced “Drew’s Law,” named in honor of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.
The legislation seeks to improve pedestrian safety by establishing a 15-mph speed limit on roads passing through or adjacent to public parks during hours when the park is open or when children are clearly visible from the road. Under the bill, violators would face fines between $100 and $400, double the current amount.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared on NJTV News with host Mike Schneider to talk about the effect state income tax increases have on driving wealthy residents and employers from New Jersey.
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the negative impacts of Democrats’ proposed “millionaires tax” was published in the Star-Ledger on June 21.
Nobody ever felt sorry for a millionaire. At least that’s the principle some Democrats in Trenton are banking on as they resurrect former Gov. Jon Corzine’s “millionaires tax” to close the expected budget gap for fiscal 2015. Proponents of this tax increase promise it will hit only the wealthy, but in fact, poor and middle-class families will ultimately shoulder the burden.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement against the Senate Democrats proposal to increase taxes in the FY15 budget by $1.6 billion:
“This $1.6 billion tax-raising proposal represents an all-time low — on a day that the Feds sharply cut economic growth forecasts — despite the fact that Trenton Democrats managed to raise 115 taxes and fees during their last decade of total control.
“Earth to Senate Democrats: Your addiction to tax increases costs people in the public- and private-sectors their jobs and jeopardizes the state’s ability to fund critical public services.
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the need for further teacher tenure reform in New Jersey was published in the The Record on June 17:
A JUNE 10 California court ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and violate students’ rights to quality education signals the need for further education reforms in New Jersey and other states across the country.
New Jersey was the first state to pass tenure legislation more than 100 years ago, and despite bipartisan reforms enacted two years ago, many antiquated state education laws still persist.
In 2012, the Legislature and Governor Christie compromised to pass a bipartisan reform law, addressing teacher tenure and the teacher dismissal process. Although it was a good first step, that effort came up short because public teachers’ unions had enough influence over the Legislature to preserve policies such as “last-in, first-out.”
Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) criticized President Obama’s reported announcement that $1 billion in remaining Superstorm Sandy relief funding will be dolled out to other states in a national resiliency competition.
Senators Holzapfel and Kyrillos introduced legislation in April urging the United States Congress to prohibit the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from diverting remaining Sandy aid funding to projects in other parts of the country.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) said today that he will re-introduce Thursday his tenure overhaul bill, in light of Tuesday’s landmark California court ruling that is expected to trigger education reforms nationwide.
A main provision in Senator Kyrillos’ legislation would eliminate in New Jersey last-in, first-out or “LIFO” protections, which the California court deemed as unconstitutional in that state. In addition to re-introducing the bill, last session’s S-2171, the Senator is also reaching out to the Students Matter advocacy group, which prevailed in the California case, to urge their support in accomplishing similar results for New Jersey students, families and taxpayers.
“This legislature should seize this opportunity and momentum to pass full tenure reform to improve education and lower property taxes in New Jersey,” Kyrillos said. “This overhaul bill allows public school districts to best serve their students and communities by ensuring only the best teachers, administrators and staff members are the ones educating and nurturing our next generation.”
Demolition and Environmental Work to Begin on Closed Hospital Property
Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Marlboro Mayor John Hornik today announced that demolition would begin on the former Marlboro Psychiatric facilities. The 100 buildings to be demolished are located on 411 acres of property in Marlboro Township. The facility was closed in 1998 after nearly 57 years of use. During the past 16 years the fate of the property has been uncertain. The property will be conveyed to the county upon fulfillment of the debt service (20 years). There will be an MOU for the care of the property by the County which will be drafted by the Division of Law.
“I’m glad that the state, county, and town are working together to take on the tough task of demolishing the 100 existing buildings and returning much of the hospital grounds to open space along with some new up to date facilities,” said Senator Joe Kyrillos. “It is a strong partnership for the future and is long overdue.”
Kyrillos: Treatment of Condoleezza Rice by Rutgers Students & Faculty an “Embarrassment” to New Jersey
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement in response to the decision of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to not participate in the commencement ceremony at Rutgers University following protests by students and faculty:
“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s reluctant decision to not give the Rutgers class of 2014 commencement speech is an embarrassment to both Rutgers and New Jersey.
“Despite one’s political beliefs, Secretary Rice’s life story is a great one, a strong example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and her message would have been an inspiration for new graduates.