Legislation to Ensure Fort Monmouth as a Regional Economic Engine
Senator Joe Kyrillos, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, praised the enactment of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Act today:
“Fort Monmouth has had a long and illustrious path for her contributions to the security of the nation from World War I through the Cold War. No one is happy with the wrong-headed decision by the federal government to close Fort Monmouth. However, now that the decision has been made it is our responsibility to reinvent Fort Monmouth and make it an economic engine creating thousands of jobs.”
Positive Talks with U.S. Navy Produce Possible Fix
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth, Middlesex) senior Republican member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee issued the following statement regarding the ongoing dispute between the State Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey/ New York Baykeeper over an oyster restoration project in the Raritan Bay:
“I have asked the DEP and the Baykeeper to communicate on the oyster research project underway in the Raritan Bay.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement today after Governor Chris Christie signed into law a property tax cap measure that will limit annual property tax growth at 2 percent. Senator Kyrillos is the co-prime sponsor of the bill.
“This landmark legislation will force a major change in how government operates and how officials make decisions. Efficiency, effectiveness and economies of scale will replace spending, increasing taxes and growing government.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) joined with Senate President Steve Sweeney as the prime sponsor of the 2 percent property tax cap bill that was passed by the Senate today. Senator Kyrillos is the sponsor of Governor Chris Christie’s original constitutional property tax cap.
Senator Kyrillos called the measure a “very significant, historic initiative” that would be watched by people across the country.
Establish Tight 2.5% Property Tax Levy Cap and Empower Voters
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) will be offering amendments on the floor of the Senate today to fundamentally strengthen property tax levy “cap” legislation moving through the Legislature.
The amendments would effectively implement the 2.5% constitutional cap proposal first proposed by Governor Christie and sponsored by Senator Kyrillos in the Senate.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) received the “Housing Champion of the Year” Award yesterday from the New Jersey Apartment Association. Upon receiving the award, Kyrillos gave a speech to the members about the importance of the rental housing industry and highlighted the fact that one in three people in New Jersey rent, rather than own their homes.
“Policy makers must remember that the economic decisions that we discuss in Trenton, land use, taxation and transportation impact renters and the providers of rental housing as much, as those living in single family homes,” explained Kyrillos. “Policy makers must not continue to view rental housing separately from any other issue. We must examine the consequences of our actions on every sector of the economy including the housing sector as a whole.”
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced today that he will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would put a hard cap on property tax increases at 2.5% annually.
“This legislation represents real property tax relief that New Jersey residents have been clamoring for, ” Kyrillos stated. “It will finally put in place real property tax controls that require spending discipline at all levels of government. This is a major component of Governor Christie’s campaign promise to make New Jersey more affordable and I look forward to getting it passed with bi-partisan support.”
Kyrillos and Handlin Introduce Measure to Permit County Education Superintendents to Negotiate Contracts with District Employees
Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth) introduced legislation today allowing local and regional school districts to designate the County Superintendent of Education as the employer representative in negotiations with school district employee unions.
“In order to make any progress on property tax reforms we must meet the challenge of the increasing cost of educating our students, and we must do this without compromising the quality of that education,” Kyrillos stated.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Democrats’ proposals to increase the income tax:
“Democrats made New Jersey uncompetitive with their last 115 tax increases, so I guess they figure there’s no harm in ‘just one more,'” said Kyrillos.
Anne Patterson Nominated to Serve on New Jersey Supreme Court
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari to schedule hearings to consider the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“Anne Patterson is an exceptionally strong candidate who will serve the people of New Jersey well on the Supreme Court. She is highly respected by her peers in the legal community, and is more than qualified to serve on the Court.