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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco, Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it returns tax law to entity-level payment system

Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho , Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships was approved by a Senate committee today.

Sens. Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton’s bill will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-3246, will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners. Entitled the “Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act,” the bill would establish an elective entity-level tax to be paid by pass-through businesses and would provide an offsetting credit to taxpayers who receive income from a pass-through business.

“We’re going ‘Back to the Future’ with an IRS-proof solution,” said Senator Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “It will to a tax system that was in place for decades. This legislation doesn’t solve the whole problem created by a federal tax law that targets New Jersey by sharply curtailing the federal deduction for State and Local Taxes. But we are going to do everything we can to help New Jersey taxpayers.”

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Singleton Bill to Assist Homeless Veterans Clears Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Troy Singleton to expand the current pilot program authorizing grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans has cleared the Senate Budget Committee.

Sens. Kristin M. Corrado and Troy Singleton’s bill would authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. (©iStock)

“Veterans should never have to wonder where they will rest their head at night. Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much for us already, we must do everything we can to guarantee these heroes have a warm bed and a roof over their heads,” Senator Corrado (R-40) said. “Many New Jersey nonprofit organizations are building hope and restoring homes for local homeless veterans. By extending additional grant money to such organizations, these volunteers will be able to buy and rehabilitate more abandoned properties to provide our veterans with the homes they earned.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Works to Stop Fare Hikes & Find New Ways to Fund NJ Transit

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In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Senator Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency.

In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Sen. Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, which would establish the “New Jersey Transit Alternative Revenue Task Force” was today advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Commuters have sacrificed enough. They shouldn’t have to pay more,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “Fare hikes are not the answer. We know that there are other ways to save money and get NJ Transit back on track. This legislation will pave the way for cost-saving solutions at the agency, such as better advertising or selling off real estate holdings.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Kristin Corrado

Advanced: Bucco/Corrado Bill Package to Create American Legion License Plates

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Bills Inspired by Local Member Aim to Promote Patriotism & Raise Funds for Vets

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado that would authorize the creation of two separate special American Legion Auxiliary license plates have been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado authorizing American Legion Auxiliary license plates has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

The bills would authorize the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to issue “American Legion Auxiliary” and “Sons of the American Legion” license plates.

“American Legion members honorably answer the call of ‘Service Not Self.’ These proud men and women have been instrumental in our efforts to advocate for policies that protect and uplift our nation’s heroes,” Sen. Anthony Bucco said. “These license plate designations are a great way to honor the Legion’s strong traditions, and support their efforts to serve, educate, and give back to local veterans.”

Senator Bucco noted that idea for the legislation was inspired by James Smith, a member of the Sons of Legion and Wharton resident.

“My father was a WWII veteran in the Air Force, and two of my uncles served in the Army during Vietnam. Many of our brave soldiers fought and died for their country, and it is our responsibility to carry on memories of these soldiers – past and present,” James Smith, the member who inspired the legislation, said. “I’ve belonged to the American Legion for 38 years. As a Son, I am privileged to serve our veterans. I am proud to see legislation advance to honor our heroes, by creating two new American Legion license plates.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

SIGN THE PETITION: Stop the Amendment that Rigs Future NJ Elections

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Click Here to Sign the Petition to Protect Your Vote

A proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that would diminish the power of your vote is being fast-tracked by Democrats in the Legislature.

In fact, legislative action on the proposal is just days away.

The proposed amendment would constitutionally mandate that future legislative districts be drawn in a way that is mathematically guaranteed to cement and even grow the Democratic Party’s large legislative majorities.

Quite simply, it’s a blatant attempt to rig the electoral process in New Jersey forever. It’s partisan gerrymandering to the extreme. It’s the antithesis of democracy.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Blasts Conagra for ‘Gutless’ Christmas Layoffs Announcement

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Company Announces Hundreds of Layoffs in Parsippany & Cherry Hill, NJ

Senator Joe Pennacchio today blasted Conagra for announcing, two weeks before Christmas, that they will eliminate more than 500 jobs in New Jersey, including more than 300 positions in Parsippany, a town in the senator’s district.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio blasted Conagra for announcing, two weeks before Christmas, that they will eliminate more than 500 jobs in New Jersey, including more than 300 positions in Parsippany, a town in the senator’s district. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I have one thing to say to Conagra – shame on you,” Sen. Pennacchio said. “Announcing layoffs two weeks before Christmas is a gutless and soulless thing to do.”

Conagra announced that it will eliminate 308 jobs at Pinnacle Food’s former headquarters in Parsippany, and 196 jobs at the Woodcrest Road offices in Cherry Hill, according to a Dec. 7, 2018 Courier Post report.

Conagra just purchased Pinnacle in October. They knew exactly what they were doing. They couldn’t care less about the hundreds of people who have spent years working in Parsippany,” Pennacchio added.

“I am a strong supporter of the business community, but I’ll always put my constituents first. There is no denying that Governor Murphy’s bad-for-business agenda is forcing companies out of state, but to be clear – that’s not what happened here. Conagra knew what they were getting into. It seems like they bought Pinnacle, just to make a quick buck. That is shameful.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Committees Advance Bucco and Lagana Bills to Increase School Security

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with the resources they need to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with resources to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

The Bucco/Lagana bill, S-2676, would require school boards to provide law enforcement with copies of blue prints and maps of schools and school grounds.

“Local police officers must have access to school blueprints to ensure they are never blind before entering the building during a crisis,” Bucco said. “In a true emergency, a 30-second delay could be the difference between a child making it out of the building alive, or dying inside. We have to make sure law enforcement officials have all of the information they need to protect students and teachers from harm. Giving them a map of the school is a commonsense way to do that. ”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Editorial: Start Making NJ More Affordable — Now

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the need to advance the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic Fiscal Policy Workgroup was published on Dec. 6, 2018 in Gannett publications, including MyCentralJersey.com.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s editorial on the need to advance bipartisan fiscal reforms was published on Dec. 6, 2018 in Gannett publications, including MyCentralJersey.com. (Wikimedia Commons)

The most common concern I hear from my constituents is that our state has simply become too expensive. Young adults can’t afford to raise a family here. Their parents can’t afford to retire here, so they can help raise their grandkids. Far too many of our residents, from recent grads to seniors, are picking up their lives, and heading out of state.

As leaders of this state, we have two options: we can make fiscally responsible decisions to save New Jersey now, or force our kids to deal with a legacy of economic turmoil. Without immediate action, I fear they will face the latter.

It’s a hard truth to hear, but the reality is, that New Jersey’s future is dependent upon how we act today. That’s why I am proud to support the efforts of the bipartisan Economic Fiscal Policy Workgroup, which was commissioned by Senate President Steve Sweeney and is chaired by Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24.)

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty & Bateman Move to Allow Dogs at NJ Breweries

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Mike Doherty and Kip Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Mike Doherty and Kip Bateman to allow dogs in NJ breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. (Wikimedia)

“Across New Jersey, craft breweries are on the rise. We know how popular these destinations have become, even in smaller communities,” Doherty (R-23) said. “If we want to keep entrepreneurs here, we have to get rid of regulations that discourage them from planting roots in the Garden State. Allowing dogs is something our microbrewery owners have said will help their industry continue to grow and thrive.”

The Senators’ legislation, S-2753, would permit dogs in the sampling and tasting areas of New Jersey breweries, including indoor-only establishments.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Breweries are more than brick and mortar and steel tanks – they are hopping hang out spots where people can get together, hoist a pint, and make new memories. Allowing man’s best friend to come along will make those memories even better. My daughter just adopted a new puppy. I hope this bill will pass quickly, so we can go support our local brewery together, with Sydney in tow.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Would Ban Students Convicted of Hazing From Receiving State Tuition Aid

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New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

The bill, S-3039, was today advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died in the past decade alone, according to reports. (Economist.com/Hank Nuwer)

“Our children should never suffer the pain of being humiliated or forced to participate in dangerous activities like binge drinking, just so they can feel accepted by their classmates,” Sen. Tom Kean said. “The numbers do not lie. Half of all students are hazed at some point during their college career. Our legislation sends a clear message: if you engage in hazing, the state will no longer fund your education. Kids are at schools to learn, not to humiliate others for personal gratification.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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