Declaring that parents must be given tools to force changes in failing schools, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) today announced that he has submitted groundbreaking education reform legislation to the Senate for consideration. The Parent Empowerment and Choice Act, known informally as the “parent trigger”, allows parents in chronically underperforming school districts to compel a variety of reforms be undertaken via petition.
“Children in dramatically underperforming school districts, many of which are in the poorest neighborhoods in New Jersey, report to class every day as unwilling actors in a modern tragedy,” said Senator Kyrillos. “These children are not afforded the education they need to make a better life for themselves, and are placed at a substantial disadvantage to their peers by government and the education establishment. Parents are given little choice but to look on as their children are failed in the most formative years of their lives. It is a moral imperative and an economic imperative that we not allow this to continue in New Jersey.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) today said that while they are encouraged that Legislative Democrats have finally realized the need to focus on combating unemployment with less than a month to go in the legislative calendar, comprehensive job creation measures proposed by Republicans have been allowed to languish in the Senate:
“I welcome ideas from any legislator that will help put the 9.6% of New Jersey residents who are unemployed back to work,” said Senator Kean. “Senator Sweeney and Speaker Oliver are correct in their statement today that ‘little attention has been paid to the issue of jobs and the economy’ by the Legislature they control. Republican Senators, meanwhile, have submitted countless job creation proposals that have received little or no consideration by the Majority. Unemployed workers do not care if a bill comes from a Democrat or Republican. Those seeking employment simply want the dignity of a job, and deserve elected leaders who will consider all available options to put them back to work.”
Potential Loss of Honeywell Highlighted Need for Legislation
Legislation that would help businesses preserve jobs and expand operations in New Jersey was unanimously passed by the Senate. The bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden) broadens the availability and revises the terms of financial assistance under New Jersey’s Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) Program, which awards tax credits against the corporation business tax and various taxes on insurers.
“Jobs are highly mobile in today’s economy and can move anywhere with little notice, ” stated Kyrillos. “New Jersey faces a choice: either we incentivize businesses to relocate to New Jersey and expand operations here, or we watch as those employers choose to go elsewhere. By expanding the BRRAG program we will be better able to compete as a destination for business and send a message to unemployed New Jerseyans residents that state government will fight for every opportunity to put them back to work.”
Organization Presents Senator Kyrillos with the Declaration of Independence Award
Senator Joseph Kyrillos, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, issued the following statement upon receiving an award from State of Israel Bonds along with Fred Halpern, New Jersey Businessman.
“The United States and Israel have built a special relationship over the past 60 years. This relationship, rooted in liberty and the rule of law, has made both nations stronger. I am proud that this year I was chosen to be the recipient of the Declaration of Independence Award from State of Israel Bonds, along with my friend Fred Halpern.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) today supported Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D- Gloucester) efforts to renew focus on shared services and regionalization among municipal governments while calling for immediate passage of “tool kit” reforms.
“I have long been a proponent, as has the Senate President, of having municipalities realize economies of scale by sharing services where it makes sense,” said Senator Kyrillos. “New Jersey’s property tax problem has many causes, one being the duplication of government functions from schools to snow plows among smaller municipalities. The recently enacted property freeze will compel shared services and some consolidation in the fullness of time”
Legislation proposed by Governor Christie and sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Fred Madden (D-Gloucester) to expand financial assistance grants for current and prospective New Jersey employers has advanced in the Assembly. “An Act concerning the Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program” (BRRAG), S-2370, would broaden the availability of state financial assistance for those employers who wish to expand operations in or relocate to the State of New Jersey. The bill’s Assembly companions (A-3389, A-3391) were heard today in that chamber’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
“With New Jersey’s unemployment rate at 9.4%, state government must use all tools at its disposal to create and retain jobs,” said Senator Kyrillos. “I am proud to join Governor Christie’s efforts to make New Jersey more affordable for job creators by sponsoring this bi-partisan piece of legislation with Senator Madden. Our proposal increases the tax credits available to employers who wish to invest in our great state and expands eligibility for the program. By reducing the corporate and insurance tax burden on job creators, we can change the business climate in New Jersey and put people back to work. Far too many of our friends and neighbors are in search of meaningful employment, and we must do everything possible to motivate job opportunities and the state’s economy.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) was awarded the Coastal and Ocean Leadership Award by the Monmouth University Urban Coastal Institue.
“It is an honor to be recognized the Urban Coastal Institute, an organization dedicated to the preservation of our precious coastal resources in Monmouth County and all along the New Jersey shoreline,” said Senator Kyrillos. “As a lifelong New Jersey resident, I am keenly aware of how important our waterfront is to the state’s economy and our way of life. During my career in public service, I’ve worked hard with the Monmouth County delegation and others to ensure that state government does all it can to preserve and protect this environmental gem for generations to come.”
Republican and Democratic Leaders have introduced legislation that would help businesses preserve jobs and expand operations in New Jersey. The proposed legislation broadens the availability and revises the terms of financial assistance under New Jersey’s Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) Program, which awards tax credits against the corporation business tax and various taxes on insurers.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, the ranking Republican member on the Senate Economic Growth Committee, introduced legislation today that would transform The New Jersey Network (NJN) from a publically supported television and radio network into an independent, not-for-profit entity. The bill is attached and reflects Governor Christie’s proposal announced last month.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, the ranking Republican member on the Senate Economic Growth Committee, unveiled legislation today that would transform The New Jersey Network from a publicly supported television and radio network into an independent, not-for-profit entity. The bill is attached and reflects Governor Christie’s proposal announced last month.