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Murphy Budget fails to provide funding to meet the increased spending obligations triggered by new minimum wage policy

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Trenton NJ, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Murphy’s “shocking failure” to live up to his own minimum wage promise, noting that the proposed budget fails to provide the essential funding called for by the Governor:

“Just a month ago the Governor patted himself on the back as he signed the minimum wage increase bill. During today’s Senate Budget hearing, we learned that incredibly, while he was preparing this budget, the Governor failed to provide the very funding necessary to meet the increased spending obligations triggered by his new minimum wage policy,” O’Scanlon said.

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Newark to Study Universal Basic Income

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Newark NJ, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the city is going to study a pilot program to provide a universal basic income, or basically guaranteeing income for all residents whether they have a job.The Newark mayor made his comments during his annual State of the City address Tuesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.Newark has launched a taskforce to see if the program is feasible with help from the Economic SecurityProject and the Jain Institute.

In an effort to appeal to millennial voters  Baraka said , “We believe in Universal Basic Income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult even impossible to recover from,” 

While He noted that a third of the city still lives in poverty no  details on the plan, like how it would be funded or when a final decision would be made.

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Lawmakers Advance Legislation Aimed at Making It Easier for State Government to Recycle

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TRENTON NJ, A measure working its way through the Legislature would re-invigorate recycling efforts by state government.  While New Jersey’s recycling rate is well above the national average, it is still below the state’s goal set by the Legislature in 1992 to reduce waste by 50 percent. The Assembly Environment Committee advanced the bill (A3770) Monday setting it up for a vote in the full Assembly.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, it requires all state offices to recycle and provide bins for cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and glass. “Recycling is second nature for the majority of families, schools and businesses,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).

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GOP Chairman Steinhardt, ” When politicians say they will raise taxes on the wealthy, they always end up raising taxes on the middle and working classes “

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Trenton NJ, GOP Chairman Steinhardt’s Statement on the Murphy Budget Address : Winston Churchill said it best. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”  When politicians say they will raise taxes on the wealthy, they always end up raising taxes on the middle and working classes, too.

Just last year, Phil Murphy and the Democrats set the bar for their Success Tax at $5M in income. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But, one year later, these same Democrats redefine success as any family making more than $1M a year. Still sounds like a lot, I know. But, that’s an 80% drop from last year, and if the Democrats keep feeding and growing State government, you’re next.

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Americans for Prosperity FY 2017 Taxpayers’ Budget!

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Ridgewood NJ, Americans for Prosperity’s vision for our great state is one where opportunity abounds, our economy is flourishing and all of our residents have the ability to prosper and make a better life for themselves and their families. Americans for Prosperity is as committed as ever to turning our state around and making this vision a reality. That’s why for the second time in the last five years, AFP is proud to release a model budget — our FY 2017 Taxpayers’ Budget — providing a blueprint for getting our state back on track.

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Understand the Pros and Cons of the Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey.

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River Vale NJ, according to Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi , “This year I worked with Senator Ron Rice and the students at Ramsey High school to understand the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. One thing that the students’ research pointed to is how uneducated most people are on the issues related to legalization and how different demographics are being lobbied in different ways. In Urban communities it has been marketed as “social justice” and in suburban communities it has been marketed as reducing your property taxes. Neither argument is accurate.

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NJ Budget Prognosis is Not Good

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TRENTON NJ, With revenues falling below expectations and spending holding steady, the state is in catch-up mode once again.  Governor Murphy is scheduled to give his budget message on Tuesday, and his administration has been sanguine about New Jersey’s revenue shortfall.  Assemblyman John DiMaio, the Republican budget officer, is not in denial – saying the prognosis is not good.

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Murphy & NJ Democrats Perpetuate a Fiscal Mess

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) warned that Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Democrats haven’t learned from their mistakes and are doubling-down on failed fiscal policies that are driving residents and jobs from the Garden State.

Governor Cuomo recently admitted that high taxes are driving residents from New York, leading to budget deficits and the flight of residents from the Empire State,” said Pennacchio. “Unfortunately, Governor Murphy and New Jersey Democrats still haven’t learned from their mistakes. They’re doubling down on tax-hiking policies that have never worked, and New Jersey is doing worse than our neighbors and most of the nation as a result.”

The budget that was approved last year by the Democratic Legislature and signed into law by Governor Murphy raised taxes by $1.5 billion. It is dependent on revenues growing by 7.5 percent over the course of the fiscal year to stay in the black.

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Murphy Administration Hiring Practices Come Under Fire Again !

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Trenton NJ, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee (LSOC) should fulfill its mission of investigating the numerous questionable hires that have been publicized across the administration of Governor Phil Murphy.

“When I first called for hearings into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration, the article revealing the allegations made against Al Alvarez had not been published yet,” said Corrado, a vice-chair of the LSOC. “Within a short period of time, however, we had several examples of people who were hired by the Governor that raised serious concerns. While our committee was formed to investigate these hirings in total, we have focused to date almost exclusively on Alvarez’s employment. It’s imperative that we not overlook our larger mission and what we seek to accomplish to protect both our valued public employees and New Jersey taxpayers.”

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso criticized the Schools Development Authority’s firing of 26 veteran employees and hiring of 38 new people, many of whom have personal relationships with Gov. Phil Murphy’s top staff.

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NJ Outdoor Alliance: Science Prevails In Court Decision Against Anti-Hunting Extremists

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Trenton NJ, According to an Associated Press report, a plan by anti-hunting extremist groups to sue to stop the implementation of 2015 rules that added a second annual hunt, increased the number of hunting permits and allowed bow hunting in the state’s controversial annual Black Bear hunt has been rejected by state appeals court.

The ruling rejected claims by the groups that the state inflated the number of complaints about bears and didn’t give enough consideration to non-lethal means of controlling the population such as fertility control and relocation.

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