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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Receives Award from NJ Apartment Association

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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.”

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Kyrillos Introduces 2.5% Property Tax Cap

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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.”

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Kyrillos and Handlin Introduce Measure to Permit County Education Superintendents to Negotiate Contracts with District Employees

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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.

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Kyrillos Responds to Democrats Who Want to Raise Taxes

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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.

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Kyrillos Calls for Timely Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee

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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.

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Kyrillos: School Budget Votes Highlight Taxpayer Dissatisfaction with Taxes and Spending

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Municipal Governments Must Heed the Voters in Upcoming Negotiations

Senator Joseph Kyrillos issued the following comment today regarding the 100 percent failure rate of the school budgets in the 13th Legislative district:

“The voters spoke loud and clear yesterday voting down 100 percent of the school budgets in my district. This vote underscores the deep seated dissatisfaction concerning the level of spending and taxes in New Jersey.

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Kyrillos Statement on the Passing of Joe Azzolina

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I am saddened that my friend and legislative partner Joe Azzolina has passed away.

He loved New Jersey and America, and from an early age and throughout a long life dedicated his energy and spirit to serving the people of this state and nation.

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Kyrillos: Tax Day Is Here, Tax Freedom Still Isn’t

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement on today’s status as ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for filing New Jersey and federal income taxes:

“While taxpayers across America shoulder the growing expense of federal government together, the citizens of New Jersey stand virtually alone in bearing an immense state and local tax burden that is far greater than that of our countrymen.”

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Kyrillos Urges Public Employee Unions to Take Role in Closing Budget Deficits

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Says Reasonable Negotiations Can Help Prevent Layoffs and Tax Increases

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) urged unions representing public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police, to help support local efforts in the communities they serve to address budget deficits.  Kyrillos noted that efforts in several communities have proven that doomsday predictions of massive layoffs and tax increases can be averted through a civil process of financial analysis and negotiation.

“We have already seen several instances of public employees unions working closely with the communities they serve to enact reasonable contractual changes that reflect the dire budgetary realities of today,” said Kyrillos.  “We have seen several encouraging instances of teachers and policemen working with their communities to prevent layoffs that would hurt their colleagues and tax increases that would hurt homeowners.”

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Study Says Residents of NY and NJ to Pay 25% of New ObamaCare Tax

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Concerned that New Jersey residents already receive the lowest rate of return of any state on tax dollars sent to Washington, Senators Tom Kean (R-21), Steven Oroho (R-24) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) questioned the equity of a new plan by President Obama to levy a new tax on investment income that would be borne disproportionately by New Jersey residents.

To help fund his multi-trillion dollar healthcare proposal, the President’s new plan, released on February 22, calls for the addition of a 2.9% Medicare tax on certain income, including that derived from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rent. This new tax would apply to individuals earning more than $200,000 and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly.

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