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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kean & Kyrillos Praise Signing of Fertilizer Bill to Protect Barnegat Bay

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Measure Will Help Clean the Bay and Boost Local Economy

Senators Sean T. Kean (R-11) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) praised the signing of legislation (A-2290) that creates strict new rules governing the sale, use and composition of fertilizer in New Jersey. The Monmouth County legislators, both co-sponsors of the measure, said that it was necessary to protect the Barnegat Bay, promote the health and welfare of state residents and boost the multi-billion dollar shore tourism economy.

“The overuse and misuse of fertilizer is literally killing the Barnegat Bay,” said Kean. “During storms, fertilizer is washed off lawns and into storm sewers that empty into the bay. Instead of green lawns, we get a bay that’s green and brown with algal blooms that kill off everything else. This legislation enacts some common-sense measures that will protect the Barnegat Bay and other waterways, without inconveniencing homeowners.”

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A Word from the Sponsors: Senate Republicans Call for Passage of Unfinished Toolkit Bills

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:

“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:

“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.

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Democrats Need to Move on Appointments

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More than 50 Nominations Awaiting Action in State Senate

The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared in the Asbury Park Press on December 14, 2010:

The failure of the Democratic majority in the state Senate to even consider, much less vote on, many of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees started as ridiculous and is now verging on a constitutionally dangerous level of dysfunction. The state constitution states clearly that the governor is to make appointments to the courts and various agencies, and the Senate is to consider them and render its approval or disapproval.

There are about 53 nominations ready to be heard by the Senate, including the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, who regulates doctors, nurses and pharmacists; four members of the state Board of Education; and most importantly, a nominee for the state Supreme Court.

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Kyrillos Job Creation Bill Clears Assembly Panel

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) issued the following statement lauding the Assembly Budget Committee’s passage of the Business Retention and Relocation Grant program expansion:

“Jobs are highly mobile in today’s economy and can move anywhere with little notice. 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.

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Kyrillos Unveils “Parent Trigger” Education Reforms

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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.”

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Senators Kean, Kyrillos: “Dems Are Right, They HAVE Done Too Little to Create Jobs”

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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.”

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Job Creation Bill Passes Senate

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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.”

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Kyrillos Accepts Award from State of Israel Bonds

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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.

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Sen. Kyrillos: “Shared Services Necessary to Reduce Property Tax Burden; Toolkit Bills Essential”

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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”

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Kyrillos Bill to Expand Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grants Advances

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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.”

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