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Bramnick: Best way to observe April 15 is to lower taxes

Bramnick: Best way to observe April 15 is to lower taxes

Today is the final day for filing federal and state income taxes. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said the deadline is a reminder that reducing the tax burden should be the highest priority for legislators.

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Bucco Happy to Hear Discussion on Eliminating Estate and Realty Transfer Taxes

Bucco Happy to Hear Discussion on Eliminating
Estate and Realty Transfer Taxes

Hopes Legislature will take action on A-397 and A-389

Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco said he is pleased to hear of the support for repealing the estate and realty transfer taxes which lead New Jersey residents to leave the state for a more tax-friendly climate. Bucco sponsors two bills in the Assembly (A-397 and A-389) that address both issues which he has sponsored in the previous legislative session as well.

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Pallone Participates in Internet Safety Event at Fords Middle School

WOODBRIDGE, NJ– Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) participated in Google’s Online Safety Roadshow, an innovative program designed to teach young adults how to stay safe on the internet, at Fords Middle School in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  Congressman Pallone highlighted the importance of carefully considering what is being shared with others online and the lasting impacts that even seemingly small actions can have on the internet. 

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Bateman Recognized by New Jersey Environmental Lobby

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) was recognized Wednesday evening by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby for his contributions to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environment.

Senator Bateman and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. were awarded the annual Frank J. Oliver Environmental Award at NJEL’s awards reception at Seton Hall University.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the tireless advocates at the NJEL,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we have a responsibility to make our beautiful state a healthier and safer place to live for future generations.

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Sabrin tops GOP field in fundraising efforts

Sabrin fundraising amount bests combined total of rest of GOP field in U.S. Senate primary

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Allen to Introduce Bill Repealing Realty Transfer Fees

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is introducing legislation to repeal Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to eliminate this tax if given the opportunity.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Allen said. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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AFP COMMENDS GOV. CHRISTIE’S CALL FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE REALTY TRANSFER FEE

AFP Commends Gov. Christie’s Call for the Elimination of the Realty Transfer Fee

Urges Legislature to Get Rid of “Foolish” Tax 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – Americans for Prosperity is commending Gov. Christie who earlier today called for the elimination of the Realty Transfer Fee, or better known as an exit tax.

“This legislation is foolish. New Jerseyans are leaving our state because they are taxed too much and yet the state gives them one more reminder as to why they should never return,” submitted Justin Henson, grassroots coordinator for AFP’s New Jersey chapter. “Taxes like these show how out of touch Trenton is with the struggles of every day folks.”

 

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Pallone Highlights Concerns with Seismic Testing Off New Jersey Coast

BELFORD, NJ – Today Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) visited the Belford Seafood Cooperative to highlight the potentially damaging impacts of seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey.  Congressman Pallone specifically addressed concerns regarding the application recently submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to conduct marine seismic surveys off the coast of New Jersey.  NMFS has proposed granting permission for the tests that would potentially be conducted this summer.  Pallone was joined by Roy Diehl, President of the Belford Seafood Co-Op and Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. 

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ALEC’S RICH STATES, POOR STATES ISSUES GLOOMY FORECAST FOR NEW JERSEY’S ECONOMY

ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States Issues Gloomy Forecast for New Jersey’s Economy

State’s Economic Outlook Ranking Drops Six Spots to 45th 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – New Jersey’s economic performance isn’t getting any better and the state’s economic outlook is worsening—this according to the most recent edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States report.

“The barrage of bad news keeps coming and it’s clear Trenton is failing New Jerseyans miserably,” said AFP spokesman Mike Proto. “The ALEC report is just the latest in a slew of poor fiscal and economic rankings, coupled with numerous downgrades from Fitch, Moody’s and S&P.”

 

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Lance Statement on Tax Day

Lance Statement on Tax Day

 

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New website highlights disparity in pay between NJ's CEOs & workers

NEW WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS DISPARTY IN PAY BETWEEN NJ’s CEOs & WORKERS
Average NJ-based CEO paid 121 times more than average worker, 331 times more than those working minimum wage

TRENTON – A new website unveiled today highlights the growing disparity in executive pay in relation to that of regular workers, putting into numbers the stark reality that while the economy has rebounded for those at the top of the pay scale, those at the middle and below are falling back.

The new site, paywatch.org, is sponsored by the national AFL-CIO, and includes facts for all 50 states and breakdowns among industries, gender, and other demographics and geographic areas. In New Jersey, specifically, the latest data shows the average pay for executives at corporations based in-state – at $5,684,012 – outpaces the $46,825 earned by the average worker by 121 times. When compared to minimum wage earners, the CEO pay differential nearly triples, to 331 times.

“What these figures show is a recovery that is only rewarding the very rich at the expense of everyone else,” said Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. “The middle class is disappearing, and it’s because corporate profits are going into the hands of a very limited few, rather than rewarding the work force that actually created those profits.”

Nationally, CEO pay was 331 times that of the average worker, and 774 times that of one making the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

“We need to realize that workers, and not CEOs, are the real ‘job creators,’” said Wowkanech. “It’s the  purchasing power of the middle class that creates new economic opportunity. Until we return to that ideal – that workers paid good, livable wages are the key to our economic future – we will continue to see working families struggling at the margins while the wealthiest keep getting more.”

“This should be a wake-up call that our economy is out of balance,” said Wowkanech. “We must restore economic power to those who actually make businesses run: workers.”

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OPEN SPACE EXPOSED: NEW REPORT RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT PLAN TO SPEND BILLIONS ON OPEN SPACE

Open Space Exposed: New Report Raises Serious Questions about Plan to Spend Billions on Open Space

“…amid the state’s growing pension funding crisis seems fiscally irresponsible and unwise.” 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – A new report raises serious questions about a proposal to amend the state Constitution and spend billions of taxpayer dollars on open space. The legislation, Bill SCR84, sponsored by state Senators Bob Smith (D-17) and Kip Bateman (R-16), seeks to dedicate 6% in corporate tax revenue for open space over the course of 30 years (FY ’16-FY ’45) .

“Open space preservation might make for feel-good politics, but when taxpayers take a look at this new report I think they’ll be stunned what they’ll learn and reject what’s being proposed. There’s just no rationale for spending untold billions years into the future given the facts revealed in this new report,” said AFP state director Daryn Iwicki.

 

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TAX DAY BRINGS MORE BAD NEWS FOR NEW JERSEY

Tax Day Brings More Bad News for New Jersey

Garden State Ranks 48th on Small Business Tax Index 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – AFP state director Daryn Iwicki has issued the following Tax Day statement:

“Tax Day has arrived and there is yet more bad news for New Jersey. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) has come out with its 5th annual “Small Business Tax Index”, and where does New Jersey finish? 48th—third to last.

 

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DEPUY SPEAKER CHIVUKULA STATEMENT ON THE SPRING HOLIDAY SEASON

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"As we find ourselves amidst the Spring holiday season, I wish all those currently observing Passover a sweet holiday and all who will be celebrating this weekend a happy Easter.

This past weekend we were all shaken by the shootings at the two Kansas City area Jewish Centers. America was founded on the belief of ten basic human birthrights, one of which is the freedom of religion. With that freedom comes a mutual respect and tolerance for any and all religions. I bereave for the senseless loss of life that occurred and the prejudice that has propelled these actions, and I pray for the families of the victims. Although our religions may be founded on altering principles, there is one basic cornerstone to each, being a kind and decent human. During this season of reflection, I hope you will keep those that lost their lives in your thoughts and prayers and consider how together, as one community, we can bring an end to hatred and intolerance.”

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Upendra Chivukula is a New Jersey Assemblyman in district 17 serving Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, & Milltown, and Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly. For more information on Assemblyman Chivukula visit [http://chivukulanj.com/], “Like” on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/chivukulanj], and “Follow” on Twitter [https://twitter.com/UChivukulaNJ].

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NJ Senate President's Dad 'Good as Gold' After Massive Stroke Experience Shows Value of Swift, Expert Emergency Stroke Care For All Patients, including the Elderly

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – Robert Sweeney points to his 14 grandchildren in the photographs around his Cherry Hill home, listing their ages, colleges and professions. He is thankful that he is here, in his own home — and not a nursing home — after a massive stroke left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak.

 “After my stroke, I woke up in the hospital, and I could move everything. I could speak. I am good as gold now. I was not afraid to die, but I didn’t want to be paralyzed,” Sweeney said.

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Chivukula & Enterprise Holdings to Host First Annual Book Drive

Public Schools in 17th Legislative District to Receive Book Donations

(Somerset, NJ) – Deputy Assembly Speaker Upendra Chivukula will be collecting books with Enterprise Holdings as part of his First Annual 17th Legislative District Book Drive to benefit all students in public schools within Somerset, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, and Milltown. A six-week collection drive will take place prior to the delivery of books to multiple public schools.

“We are fortunate to have a great partner in Enterprise for this community project to benefit our public students of all ages,” said Chivukula. “Time and time again, they have proven their commitment to benefit the neighborhood they serve and have willingly joined me in multiple service projects. I look forward to continuing this endeavor beyond its inaugural year to positively impact our education community here in Central Jersey.”

New and used books for readers between the kindergarten and twelfth grade level are being collected Monday, April 21 until June 1, 2014. Drop off locations include the District Office of Assemblyman Chivukula at 888 Easton Avenue, Suite 3, Somerset, NJ 08873; John F. Kennedy Library at 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854; and Westergard Library at 20 Murray Avenue, Piscataway NJ 08854. Those wishing to arrange a donation can also contact the Assembly District Office at AsmChivukula@NJLeg.org or (732) 247-3999.

“Literacy is the cornerstone of any educational system and reading materials provide the resources our students need to continue advancing their academic prowess,” stated Chivukula. “Our local schools do a fine job educating our children, however, any additional supplies we can provide are always a benefit. Among many other benefits, books provide our students with a more robust vocabulary, open the imagination, provide historical background, and increase curiosity, and that is why we have partnered to contribute to these public school libraries.”

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Upendra Chivukula is a New Jersey Assemblyman in district 17 serving Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, & Milltown, and Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly. For more information on Assemblyman Chivukula visit [http://chivukulanj.com/], “Like” on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/ChivukulaNJ], and “Follow” on Twitter [https://twitter.com/UChivukulaNJ].

 

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Fiocchi Says Vineland Shootings Reinforce need to Combine Efforts to Fight Violent Crime

Fiocchi Says Vineland Shootings Reinforce need to Combine Efforts to Fight Violent Crime

Four people were injured, one fatally, after multiple shootings in Vineland, Cumberland County, between Sunday and Monday that authorities say are connected.

Just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, as Vineland police investigated a home invasion, they were called to another section of the town where officers found two shooting victims. A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim was treated at Inspira Hospital and released. Later, at 2:25 a.m., Vineland police responded to a second shooting on East Park Ave. Officers found two male victims inside a home with gunshot wounds.

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New Jersey's Willingness to Give Leads to 14 Percent Growth in Number of Donated Organs in 2013

New Jersey’s Willingness to Give Leads to 14 Percent Growth in

Number of Donated Organs in 2013

 
NJ Sharing Network Marks National Healthcare Decisions Day by Celebrating Growth that Is Quadruple the National Average

 
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – April 16, 2014 – Today marks National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to provide clear information on healthcare decision-making to the public and health care providers.

NJ Sharing Network utilizes the day to help demystify healthcare decision-making. Advance healthcare decision-making involves much more than discussing living wills; the process should also focus on the life-saving importance of organ and tissue donation.

 

 

 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

Op-Ed

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“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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