Kyrillos Bill to Make College More Affordable, Increase Transparency of Student Fees Clears Senate Committee
The Senate Higher Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos to decrease costs and increase transparency at higher education institutions by requiring colleges to publish an online breakdown of student fees and allow students to decline certain expenses.
The legislation, S-703, was originally introduced in 2011 after public outrage over the use of Rutgers University student activities funds to give Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi $32,000 to advise students: “Study hard, but party harder.”
“The growing cost of pursuing higher education is staggering, with many New Jersey students struggling to foot the bill and finish their degrees,” said Senator Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “College students and their families should know exactly what they’re paying for, before their money is taken. By offering them the chance to opt-out, we are giving students the opportunity to create and pay for the college experience they want, instead of forcing them to pay for frivolous events that do not contribute to the quality education that they deserve.”
The Senate Commerce Committee advanced bipartisan legislation originally introduced in 2013 by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow New Jersey residents to invest in New Jersey-based companies, startups, innovators and entrepreneurs.
The bill, S-712/A-2073, would allow people to engage in online crowdfunding within the state of New Jersey.
“At a time when conventional sources of financing are scarce, this legislation will help New Jersey’s innovators seek private capital from the investing public to develop their products or services right here in our state,” Kyrillos said. “Crowdfunding will level the playing field for future employers, giving those without access to Wall Street a chance to gain startup capital quickly and grow their business with the support of the community.”
Monmouth Legislators Call on FMERA’s Board to Reject Plans To House Possible Asymptomatic Ebola Patients at Fort Monmouth
Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin offered the following statement in response to news that the New Jersey Department of Human Services would be seeking to extend their agreement with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to possible house asymptomatic Ebola patients at Fort Monmouth, which currently ends June 30:
“As legislators representing Fort Monmouth and the surrounding communities, we do not feel it is appropriate to house possible asymptomatic Ebola patients at the Fort Monmouth site. The Governor has designated three hospitals in New Jersey as primary treatment facilities: University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
“Fort Monmouth has no medical support services on site, so any symptomatic patient would have to travel off-site to a hospital.
Kyrillos, Beck Congratulate Hanlon as ‘Right Choice’ for County
Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) stated the following after the Senate confirmed the governor’s nomination of Christine Giordano Hanlon as Monmouth County Clerk, to fulfill the unexpired term ending this calendar year:
“We congratulate Christine on being affirmed as the county clerk. She is the right choice for the people of Monmouth County, and we are confident that she will continue to excel in executing some of the most vital government services, just as she has in the past in her impressive community and organizational leadership positions.”
Kyrillos Introduces Resolution Urging Obama to Sign Law Mandating Congressional Approval of Agreements with Iran
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) called for vigilant oversight of Iran’s nuclear programs by introducing a resolution urging President Obama to immediately sign bipartisan legislation that would give Congress 30 days to review and approve any deal with Iran.
“Congressional leaders on both sides of party lines have expressed serious concerns regarding Iran’s true intentions for its growing nuclear program,” said Senator Kyrillos. “The President cannot make these decisions alone. Congress must play a role in drafting any international agreement of this magnitude.”
In an effort to improve Routes 35 and 36 in the Hazlet corridor, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) has announced a beautification project which includes the planting of nearly 85 Okame Cherry, Red Maple, Willow Oak and American Holly trees throughout 11 jughandles, expected to begin as early as next week.
“Improvements to jughandles along Routes 35 and 36 will not only provide a nicer quality of life for the residents of Hazlet but also the thousands of commuters that travel those corridors every day en route to Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank, Sandy Hook, the shore points and beyond,” said Senator Kyrillos.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement commending today’s action that will add 90 acres of Aberdeen Township open space for a new 250-acre Monmouth County park.
“The Monmouth County Freeholders led by Freeholders Burry and Arnone, Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini and its Council together with the Baykeeper and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation have done a tremendous job to create this park, which was several years in the making due to unthinkable complications. They’ve set an example for the rest of New Jersey and its local governments by finding a creative open space solution that will benefit generations to come.
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on PARCC testing was published in the Asbury Park Press:
When I think about policies that affect education in New Jersey, I immediately think of fellow parents who want their children to live happy, healthy lives and to have access to countless opportunities. Our common dream is for our children to be provided with the best possible education to succeed in whatever path they choose: college or a career.
For students who attend college, poor preparation leads to remediation that drains their time and money. According to the 2010 Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, approximately 70% of first-year students at community colleges took remedial courses, costing approximately $70 million per year in non-credit tuition at community colleges. New Jersey’s private colleges and universities reported that the annual cost for remediation was $21.6 million.
The costly truth is that many New Jersey graduates are borrowing money to pay for remedial instruction they should have received in high school.
Similarly, too many high school graduates who enter the workforce lack the necessary skills and knowledge to fill thousands of high-quality jobs, according to state business leaders.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) to help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades and create thousands of private-sector jobs was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.
The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” formerly S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.
Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.
“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”