Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement against the Senate Democrats proposal to increase taxes in the FY15 budget by $1.6 billion:
“This $1.6 billion tax-raising proposal represents an all-time low — on a day that the Feds sharply cut economic growth forecasts — despite the fact that Trenton Democrats managed to raise 115 taxes and fees during their last decade of total control.
“Earth to Senate Democrats: Your addiction to tax increases costs people in the public- and private-sectors their jobs and jeopardizes the state’s ability to fund critical public services.
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the need for further teacher tenure reform in New Jersey was published in the The Record on June 17:
A JUNE 10 California court ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and violate students’ rights to quality education signals the need for further education reforms in New Jersey and other states across the country.
New Jersey was the first state to pass tenure legislation more than 100 years ago, and despite bipartisan reforms enacted two years ago, many antiquated state education laws still persist.
In 2012, the Legislature and Governor Christie compromised to pass a bipartisan reform law, addressing teacher tenure and the teacher dismissal process. Although it was a good first step, that effort came up short because public teachers’ unions had enough influence over the Legislature to preserve policies such as “last-in, first-out.”
Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) criticized President Obama’s reported announcement that $1 billion in remaining Superstorm Sandy relief funding will be dolled out to other states in a national resiliency competition.
Senators Holzapfel and Kyrillos introduced legislation in April urging the United States Congress to prohibit the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from diverting remaining Sandy aid funding to projects in other parts of the country.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) said today that he will re-introduce Thursday his tenure overhaul bill, in light of Tuesday’s landmark California court ruling that is expected to trigger education reforms nationwide.
A main provision in Senator Kyrillos’ legislation would eliminate in New Jersey last-in, first-out or “LIFO” protections, which the California court deemed as unconstitutional in that state. In addition to re-introducing the bill, last session’s S-2171, the Senator is also reaching out to the Students Matter advocacy group, which prevailed in the California case, to urge their support in accomplishing similar results for New Jersey students, families and taxpayers.
“This legislature should seize this opportunity and momentum to pass full tenure reform to improve education and lower property taxes in New Jersey,” Kyrillos said. “This overhaul bill allows public school districts to best serve their students and communities by ensuring only the best teachers, administrators and staff members are the ones educating and nurturing our next generation.”
Demolition and Environmental Work to Begin on Closed Hospital Property
Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Marlboro Mayor John Hornik today announced that demolition would begin on the former Marlboro Psychiatric facilities. The 100 buildings to be demolished are located on 411 acres of property in Marlboro Township. The facility was closed in 1998 after nearly 57 years of use. During the past 16 years the fate of the property has been uncertain. The property will be conveyed to the county upon fulfillment of the debt service (20 years). There will be an MOU for the care of the property by the County which will be drafted by the Division of Law.
“I’m glad that the state, county, and town are working together to take on the tough task of demolishing the 100 existing buildings and returning much of the hospital grounds to open space along with some new up to date facilities,” said Senator Joe Kyrillos. “It is a strong partnership for the future and is long overdue.”
Kyrillos: Treatment of Condoleezza Rice by Rutgers Students & Faculty an “Embarrassment” to New Jersey
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement in response to the decision of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to not participate in the commencement ceremony at Rutgers University following protests by students and faculty:
“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s reluctant decision to not give the Rutgers class of 2014 commencement speech is an embarrassment to both Rutgers and New Jersey.
“Despite one’s political beliefs, Secretary Rice’s life story is a great one, a strong example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and her message would have been an inspiration for new graduates.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) was presented with a flag recovered from Union Beach in the days after Sandy hit by the RAINE Foundation. The RAINE Foundation has now asked the Senator to be the custodian and keep the large framed flag on display in his Senate office for all his constituents to see.
During Hurricane Sandy, the RAINE Foundation had teams in the field, helping homeowners to tear down water-soaked floors and walls. One day, one volunteer, found a United States flag, pulled it from the muddy debris, and draped it across an old piece of furniture. Later that day, the family who had owned that flag, donated it to RAINE.
Reports Say HUD Plans to Divert $1 Billion of NJ’s Sandy Aid Around Country
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) urges Congress to block reported plans by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to divert more than $1 billion from remaining Superstorm Sandy aid funding to resiliency projects in other parts of the nation.
“Thousands of people and businesses along the Jersey Shore are still waiting for federal Sandy aid to help them rebuild and recover,” said Kyrillos. “It makes no sense for HUD to divert funds that Congress approved for Sandy recovery in New York and New Jersey to other parts of the country when people here are still waiting for federal aid that has yet to arrive.”
Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.
“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”
“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement on the bipartisan legislation to extend the arbitration award cap.
“Once again the New Jersey Senate has proven they will stand strong to try to keep property tax increases in check,” Kyrillos said. “It is imperative that the Assembly now do the same by passing the extension of the arbitration award cap.”
“If the cap on police and fire contracts expires, it will weaken municipalities’ ability to keep property tax increases in check and will result in bargaining units being severely pitted against one another,” said Kyrillos. “If the police and fire unions do better, what happens to other municipal unions and their interests? If this cap is not in place, how can we expect our municipalities to comply with the overall two percent property tax cap?”