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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, a senior Republican senator on the Judiciary Committee, said he hopes that there are no further delays of hearings and votes on the governor’s nominees. The Senate Judiciary Committee adjourned today before a vote on the education commissioner’s nomination or selection of a date when the hearing will be resumed.
“The governor needs to have his team in place if government is to function smoothly,” Kyrillos said. “Delays make it more difficult for nominees to assemble their own teams and begin working on behalf of taxpayers.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, a senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he was pleased and proud that most members of the committee voted to approve the nomination of Andrew Eristoff as state treasurer.
“The depth of knowledge and experience and the calm competence that Andrew Eristoff demonstrated today should give heart to all who have waited so long for better government in Trenton,” Senator Kyrillos said.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos made the following comments following the unanimous approval of acting Attorney General Paula Dow by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“It is clear that acting Attorney General Dow is more than qualified to lead, manage and advance the priorities of the Christie Administration at the Department of Law and Public Safety. Attorney General Dow’s appointment also illustrates that Governor Christie intends to appoint the most qualified individual regardless of party affiliation.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement in response to the release of the Boston College Migration of Wealth Study which shows that New Jersey’s high-tax policies have resulted in a population flight of entrepreneurs and job creators to lower-tax states:
“This discussion is about one thing and one thing only – the critical need to create permanent, quality jobs for the middle class of New Jersey. It’s the entrepreneurs and small businesses owners that generate the stable, high-paying jobs we need to recruit and retain in New Jersey to build a new foundation for a strong economic recovery.
Father Waged 5-Year Custody Battle
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after a Brazilian court ruled that David Goldman’s son be returned to him after a 5-year custody battle. Goldman has been seeking custody of his son, Sean, who was taken to Brazil in 2004 by his now deceased mother and never returned. Lawyers on both sides agreed there is still a chance for the Brazilian family to appeal, though the chances of success are slight.
“I am pleased, that after 5 years, Brazil’s Chief Justice has decided to do what is morally and legally right, based on the tenets of the Hague convention. Now Sean Goldman is one step closer to being returned to the loving arms of his Dad, his only living parent. This has been a long time coming, and I am overjoyed for David, Sean and the entire Goldman family.