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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Limo Co. Struggles Show Higher Taxes Kill Jobs, Hurt Middle Class

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex,Morris,Passaic) was sickened to learn of the struggles of New Jersey’s limousine businesses, as discussed during today’s state Sales and Use Tax Review Commission meeting.

Since a widespread sales-tax-hike gimmick was implemented and authorized by Democrats to balance the state’s FY 2007 budget, one-third of New Jersey’s limousine businesses have closed and 7,000 related jobs have been lost, according to testimony quoted by PolitickerNJ.

“This is just one troubling example of how increasing taxes can crumble our state’s economy,” Pennacchio said. “During the majority party’s reign of total control last decade, they enacted several hikes that made it more expensive to run businesses here¬†compared to¬†neighboring states, took more income from employers, killed jobs and burdened consumers.”

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Pennacchio Lauds Federal Ruling on Benefits Reform

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Essex/Passaic) applauds Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling, dismissing several New Jersey unions’ attempts to avoid their part in necessary benefits reform.

“Judge Anne Thompson’s decision is in the best interests of taxpayers and our pension systems,” Pennacchio said.

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Pennacchio and Kyrillos Submit Resolution Urging White House to Reverse Contraception Mandate for Religious Organizations

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Senators Joseph Pennacchio and Joe Kyrillos have formally submitted for the Senate’s consideration a resolution urging the Obama Administration to reverse its controversial health care mandate that would force Catholic institutions to violate their beliefs and pay for birth control.

“The so-called accommodation announced by the White House last week changes nothing, as Catholic hospitals and charities would still be forced to underwrite the cost of providing medical services that violate their beliefs,” said Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic). “This is a violation of a founding principle of this country that guarantees religious freedom and liberty to all creeds irrespective of the majority’s opinion about their beliefs.”

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Pennacchio: “Democrats’ ‘Top Legislative Priority’?”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) issued the following statement in advance of the Senate’s consideration of S-1, the “Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act”:

Today, the Senate will consider a piece of legislation that has zero chance of becoming law.

The bill’s sponsors have told us that public opinion justifies the Senate passing a bill that will not become law. If poll data is now driving the Senate’s agenda, Senator Bateman’s constitutional amendment placing same sex marriage before the voters should be scheduled for a vote, as it enjoys majority public support.

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Pennacchio to Submit Resolution Urging Obama Administration to Restore Religious Exemption to Contraceptive Mandate

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) has announced that he will submit a resolution urging President Obama to exempt all religious institutions from a federal requirement to offer insurance coverage that conflicts with their beliefs.

“The Obama Administration, with its ruling, has launched an unconscionable assault on religious liberty,” said Pennacchio. “This is not just an issue for Catholics; it is an issue for people of every faith who are guaranteed the right under the First Amendment to practice their religion without interference from the government.”

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Today at the Statehouse Political Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

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A Story of Mass Hysteria Caused by a Budget Not Yet Introduced; Rated P for “Premature”

Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today expressed bewilderment at the use of the committee’s time to hold a hearing on Governor Christie’s proposed income tax plan weeks ahead of the Governor’s Budget Message:

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Senator Pennacchio Regarding the Passing of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce

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State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:

“It is with sadness that New Jersey awoke to the news that Assemblyman and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce died suddenly last night. Alex was a dedicated public official, but importantly a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. My condolences and prayers go out to Betty Lou, their children and grandchildren.

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Pennacchio Legislation Reforming Public Worker Disability Pensions Conditionally Approved by State Panel

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Legislation sponsored by state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Passaic) preventing abuse of the state’s disability pension system has was approved, pending minor changes, by the State Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, December 9, 2011. Responding to the panel’s vote, Senator Pennacchio issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased that the Commission has approved, with conditions, my legislation to address this very important issue. Disability pensions serve an important purpose for those injured in service to the public who incurred a legitimate disability that prevents them from continuing to work. However, this system should not become a haven for those seeking to cheat the system and collect lifetime benefits at taxpayer expense due to negligence or fraud.

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Pennacchio to Introduce Governor’s Accidental Disability Pension Fix

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Governor Christie Proposed Fix Early Last Year

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation that he will introduce to stem the abuses of the accidental disability pension system.

“In 2007, the state Supreme Court dramatically lowered the standards required to collect a tax-free, accidental disability pension. In fact, since the decision the increase of accidental disability pensions issued is more than 35 percent. In order to stem these abuses of the system allowed by the Court I will reintroduce legislation, originally proposed by Governor Christie last year as part of his original pension reform proposal, on Monday. Many aspects of the reforms will affect all of the state pension systems.”

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Pennacchio: Governor’s Plan to Restore Greystone Will Yield Benefits for Morris

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660 Acres Will Be Restored to Provide Open Space and Recreation

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement regarding the restoration of Greystone Park:

“This morning I was pleased to join with Governor Christie at Greystone Park to announce the final phase in its transformation from a dilapidated, contaminated ruin into new pastoral open space. This site has been idle for years, slowly decaying, and posing a danger to the surrounding communities.

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