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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Democrat Health Care Demands Will Deny Care to Many

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Commissioner Testifies That No Woman Has Been Denied Health Care

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and a health care provider issued the following statement regarding assertions by Senate Democrats that people are being denied health care services:

“I have been a student and a professional health care provider for almost 40 years. I take great exception to contentions by Senate Democrats that Governor Christie’s budget denies people health care. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Pennacchio: Pass Pension System Rescue Bill to Save NJ Bond Rating

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Moody’s Downgrades $600 Million in Transportation Bonds

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, and the primary sponsor of a measure that would rescue New Jersey’s dangerously underfunded pension systems, issued the following statement regarding an announcement that Moody’s has downgraded $600 million worth of transportation bonds.

“The action taken by Moody’s today is sobering. More sobering is the projections issued that up to 30 percent of the state budget could be earmarked for debt, pensions and health benefits costs, in less than 8 years.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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Pennacchio: Report Demonstrates the Critical Need to Rescue Pension and Health Benefits Funds

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Doing Nothing Is the Worst Possible Option

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding published reports that place the soundness of New Jersey’s pension and health benefits systems at the bottom among the states.

“The study by the Pew Center on the States as reported by the Asbury Park Press is quite sobering. The report highlights the critical need to move forward on reforms that will protect the long-term sustainability of this state’s pension and health benefits systems.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Call for Action on Higher Education Reforms

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Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Steve Oroho, Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty called for swift action on higher education “toolkit” reforms proposed by Governor Chris Christie to help improve the affordability of public colleges and universities. The measures are supported by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force Chairman, former Governor Tom Kean.

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State Supreme Court Over-Reaches Again

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) stated that New Jersey’s State Supreme Court has reached a point where not only are they unconstitutionally “legislating” state fiscal and public policy, but also challenging us on what taxes must be raised to satisfy their thirst for judicial activism.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Compliment the Administration’s Responsible Transportation Plan

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Both Sides of the Aisle Praise Commissioner Simpson’s Efforts

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement complimenting the Christie Administration’s transportation plan.

“New Jersey’s interconnected transportation network is critical to the economic well-being of this state. In this tough budget environment it is difficult to provide the necessary resources to adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure.

“The FY ’12 Capital Program appropriation provides $3.5 billion in funds to keep our roads, bridges and trains in good condition. These monies are appropriated without any new taxes or additional borrowing.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Immediate End to Ill-Conceived Early Release Program

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed today with Governor Christie, Attorney General Dow and former Governor Corzine that the provision requiring early release of inmates in the law be immediately repealed:

“It is unfortunate that the commitment that former Governor Corzine received to repeal this ill-conceived provision of the law was not honored. In fact, Governor Corzine at the time he signed the bill, issued a signing statement that reads in part; ‘that the provision of the bill that would require parole release six months before the maximum expiration of the sentence in cases where the No Early Release Act does not apply, will be removed through immediate remedial legislation.’

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Hearings on Higher Education Task Force Recommendations

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee lauded the Governor’s commitment to quality, affordable, higher education in New Jersey as evidenced by the work of Governor Christie’s Higher Education Task Force. The Senators called for immediate hearings to consider the Task Force’s recommendations:

“It is critically important that we take immediate steps to moderate the rise in tuition rates in New Jersey. The Senate would greatly benefit from immediate hearings on the report and from the Task Force’s chairman, Former Governor Thomas Kean.”

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Pennacchio: Pension System Sinks Into Greater Insolvency Due to Inaction

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Doing Nothing Is the Worst Possible Option

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and sponsor of S-2705, issued the following statement regarding the delay in adopting pension and health benefits reform:

“Everyone agrees that reforming the public employee’s pension and health benefits allowances is critically necessary to returning New Jersey to fiscal health. The reforms that are ultimately adopted must address current budget shortfalls as well as projected shortfalls over the next several decades.

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