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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Democrats Deciding State Budget in Backroom Without Public Input

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Senator Sam Thompson warned that transparency has reached a new low in Trenton as Governor Phil Murphy and the Senate President and Assembly Speaker, all Democrats, have eschewed any semblance of a public process to determine how tens of billions of dollars of State and federal funds will be spent.

Sen. Sam Thompson warned that transparency has reached a new low in Trenton as Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have eschewed any semblance of a public process to determine how more than $50 billion of State and federal funds will be spent. (©iStock)

“Three men are deciding how more than $50 billion of State and federal funds will be spent with absolutely no public input,” said Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “In prior years, Democrats would at least pretend to want to hear from the public before rubberstamping the budget they had already agreed upon in private. This year, they’re dispensing with the charade and have completely cut the public out of the process. It’s the antithesis of the inclusive, open, and transparent government that New Jersey deserves.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Testa Visits Sprawling New Vineland Manufacturing Facility

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Senator Testa Visits Sprawling New Vineland Manufacturing Facility

Senator Michael Testa toured a new 159,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Vineland this week as part of the First Legislative District Team’s business Recovery Tour.

Senator Michael Testa, left, toured Comar’s new manufacturing facility in Vineland last week. Testa is the new co-chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

The state-of-the-art plant was built for Comar, a premier supplier of specialty packaging solutions and custom molded medical devices and assemblies, and only recently went into production.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Train a New Generation of Manufacturing Experts Advances

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As New Jersey’s expanding manufacturing sector continues to create jobs faster than companies can find qualified candidates, the Senate Higher Education Committee today approved Senator Steve Oroho’s bill that would enlist help from the state’s county colleges and vocational schools.

Senator Steve Oroho sponsors legislation that would establish a manufacturing career pathways in New Jersey colleges and vocational schools to train qualified candidates to fill job vacancies. (Pixabay)

Oroho’s bill, the Manufacturing in Higher Education Act (S-3216), would establish a manufacturing career pathway which would be offered through county colleges and vocational schools and aid the manufacturing industry.

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Senator Tom Kean

Committee Clears Kean Bill that Would Examine State Funding for Higher Education

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The dramatic increase in higher education tuition each year is making college less affordable and less attainable for so many New Jersey families,” said Kean (R-21). “One of the most obvious reasons for this increase is because New Jersey has consistently underfunded colleges and universities which has led to a large-scale affordably crisis. My legislation will create a commission to address this systemic problem by analyzing the available data from our state, as well as other states, and determine how we can more efficiently fund our higher education system.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Help Homeowners Remove Lead, Asbestos Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would help owners address dangerous lead and asbestos in their homes cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman would provide gross income tax deductions for homeowners paying to remediate lead in water and other health-threatening toxins. (Pixabay)

“For the health of residents, it is crucial to mitigate the risks of lead and asbestos in the home, but hazard abatement is costly,” said Bateman (R-16). “This bill will make it easier for homeowners to do the right thing and have trained professionals remediate toxins and carcinogens from their property ensuring a healthy environment for current and future residents of the property.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Panel Clears Oroho Bill Pursuing Federal Jobs and Investment for NJ

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would help attract federal jobs and investment to New Jersey was approved by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would encourage the federal government to invest in jobs and infrastructure projects in the state was approved in committee. (Pixabay)

An office in the Department of Treasury, established under Oroho’s bill (S-1778) would be established for the purpose.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the NJ Infrastructure Bank cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” Bateman said. “In fact, the low interest loans authorized by this package of bills will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa & Gopal Introduce Resolution Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the US

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Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal have introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV).

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Vin Gopal introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV). (SenateNJ.com)

“Since its inception, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States has been fighting anti-Semitism, supporting our country during wartime, and taking care of our servicemen and women during their time of need,” said Senator Michael Testa (Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “I am proud to introduce this resolution recognizing the JWV for their incredible work over the last 125 years. The critical programs and support they provide for our veterans and service members is immeasurable.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was advanced this week by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have defended this nation, it is fitting to offer them free admission to New Jersey’s incredible, award-winning beaches,” said Kean (R-21). “This is a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. I hope that this legislation will help our veterans enjoy the unique experience of New Jersey’s beaches with their family and friends.”

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District 1

MEDIA ADVISORY (6/14): Testa, Simonsen & McClellan to Call for Full Reopening of Cape May MVC

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The First Legislative District team will be joined by local officials outside the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency in North Cape May on Monday, June 14 at noon to call for a full reopening of the facility for all types of transactions.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan of the First Legislative District will hold an event outside the North Cape May MVC on Monday, June 14 calling for a full reopening of the facility for all transactions. (NJMVC)

The Cape May County agency is currently operating as a “licensing center” that does not process vehicle transactions involving new registrations, titles, or license plates.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan say the nearest MVC “vehicle center” is a 60 to 90 minute drive for many Cape May County residents, which is too far for the county’s large population of senior citizens and veterans.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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