Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.
“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”
“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement on the bipartisan legislation to extend the arbitration award cap.
“Once again the New Jersey Senate has proven they will stand strong to try to keep property tax increases in check,” Kyrillos said. “It is imperative that the Assembly now do the same by passing the extension of the arbitration award cap.”
“If the cap on police and fire contracts expires, it will weaken municipalities’ ability to keep property tax increases in check and will result in bargaining units being severely pitted against one another,” said Kyrillos. “If the police and fire unions do better, what happens to other municipal unions and their interests? If this cap is not in place, how can we expect our municipalities to comply with the overall two percent property tax cap?”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urged legislative Democrats to reconsider posting a bill for a vote that would make permanent the 2-percent arbitration award cap.
“The proposal to increase the cap, cut into healthcare savings and raise property taxes in many communities, and ultimately eliminate the cap in a few years is clearly not the way to go,” Kyrillos said. “The people of our state want to make permanent our current bipartisan cap on local pay raises that has dramatically decreased property tax growth since Gov. Christie took office.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after Rutgers’ University faculty again voted to rescind former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak at the upcoming commencement:
“Rutgers-Newark faculty’s recent vote is nothing short of an attempt by professors to censor a view different then their own and flies in the face of the mission of a state university to provide students the opportunity to develop their own world views. Secretary Rice’s life story is a great example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and hard work. Who better to inspire students at commencement than an African American woman who rose to become the U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking member of the Presidents Cabinet?
New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck and Joe Kyrillos (both R-Monmouth) urged U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to help facilitate the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, rather than pushing for ways to slow it down. On Wednesday, Menendez called for even more federal regulations on how New Jersey delivers $1.4 billion in aid to people who have been hampered by federal rules since the October 2012 storm.
“At the grassroots level, residents are being hung by federal regulations and a lack of federal funding,” Beck said. “There are 7,000 people on waiting list for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program because we don’t have enough federal money to fund them all. New Jersey also received $400 million less in CDBG money the second round than the first round. Why isn’t Senator Menendez addressing this when all of our programs are oversubscribed? Either Senator Menendez is completely out of touch with our residents’ struggles or he has a political motivation to slow down recovery to try to make a popular Republican governor look bad. He has to get with the program and do his job for the people.”
With a New Jersey-bound shipment of badly needed road salt still stuck at a Maine port and yet another snow storm forecast for Wednesday’s morning commute, Senator Joe Kyrillos today introduced a resolution urging federal authorities to waive the requirements of a nearly century old shipping law during certain states of emergency.
Delivery of New Jersey’s 40,000 ton order of rock salt from a Maine dock has been significantly delayed because of provisions of the Jones Act. Enacted in 1920, the act requires that maritime transport of cargo between two points in the United States be carried by U.S.-flagged ships and waivers of the requirement are only granted in the interest of national defense. While state and county rock salt supplies have been dangerously low because of repeat snow storms this winter, the state’s request for a waiver of the act to allow for the quickest delivery of the shipment was denied.
Senator Blasts HUD’s Denial of State Request to Allow Grant Applicants to Rebuild Homes
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) implored federal officials and representatives to allow a waiver for New Jersey property owners to recover their lives after Superstorm Sandy.
“It’s ridiculous, to say the least, that the people of New Jersey are being denied access to grant money because they are trying to rebuild their lives after the worst storm ever,” Kyrillos said. “The people of my district and the surrounding areas were some of the hardest hit and their federal government should not be hindering their recovery. Our home owners should be able to rebuild as they apply for grant money and I urge our congressional delegation to get to work immediately.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following remarks about the State of the State:
“Governor Christie has consistently led us in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish landmark reforms, with a steadfast focus on accomplishing what the people elected us all to get done. Under his leadership, New Jersey is well on its way to recovering from its darkest days: Superstorm Sandy and the Great Recession.
“Clearly, this Governor is not the type of leader who will be paralyzed by any crisis. The people can expect him to propose and fight for the vital reforms that they want to move New Jersey forward and make it more competitive.
The full Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to urge commercial airlines to protect people with peanut allergies by enacting policies concerning peanuts on flights.
“Airlines and peanuts have a long history together, but there are serious concerns about a rapidly growing number of people with potentially fatal peanut allergies,” Kyrillos said. “Even those with allergies who take all precautions before stepping on an airplane can still suffer critical consequences and need emergency care if exposed to peanuts in the cabin.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) is notifying small businesses recovering from Superstorm Sandy that a major grant and loan deadline is Dec. 31.
Through December, Sandy-impacted employers can apply for Stronger NJ Business Grants of up to $50,000 and Stronger NJ Business Loans of up to $5 million. Any business that has started an application at that time, even if it is not complete, should submit it, as they can still complete their application after the deadline.