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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Budget Stalemate a Sign of Democrats’ Dysfunction

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a budget impasse that may result in a State shutdown at midnight tonight is the result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats who control both houses of the New Jersey Legislature:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that the budget impasse is a result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats have controlled the New Jersey Legislature for the past 15 years, and this budget stalemate merely continues a long trend of fiscal mismanagement while they have been in control.

“Just like the last time a disagreement among Democrats resulted in a government shutdown, the current threat of a shutdown is driven by the majority party’s inability to effectively work together to govern.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
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Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio would require the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“In just the last few weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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“Hudson County Rules” New Jersey Students and Taxpayers Continue to Lose

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Essex, Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement on the proposed school funding plan:

Sen Joe Pennacchio issued a statement on the proposed school funding plan. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness were given an assurance that meaningful school funding reform was on its way. The committee had equal members of Republicans and Democrats, a number of regional meetings and round table discussions were held statewide. Staff from both sides of the aisle continued to hold what we were told were ‘good faith, meaningful discussions.’ In the end, partisan politics won.

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Senate Republicans Urge Governor to Reject Backroom Deal on School Funding

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A letter signed by all sixteen members of the Senate Republican caucus was sent to Governor Chris Christie urging him to reject the school funding plan proposed by Democratic leadership, saying it does nothing to fix the systemic problems in New Jersey’s school funding formula. In the letter to the governor, the Republican senators said the deal between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was made without transparency and completely ignored months of work by the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness.

Senate Republicans asked Gov. Christie to reject backroom deal on school funding. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan was negotiated in secret by the Democratic leadership and does nothing to fix the many problems inherent in our flawed school funding formula,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic), Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. “Mr. Governor, please kill this backroom deal.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Passed: Cardinale/Pennacchio Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Offices

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Expiration dates for vehicle registrations will be staggered based on an individual’s date of birth rather than all expiring at the end of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Sen. Joe Pennacchio to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was passed by the Senate. (Wikimedia)

“It doesn’t make sense to have everyone’s registration expire at the same time,” Senator Cardinale said. “By staggering expiration dates, we can cut down on congestion and increase efficiency at MVC offices.”

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Pennacchio Calls on Governor to Veto Democrats’ Backroom Education Deal

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Says Unsustainable Plan Fails Special Education Students

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, blasted an unsustainable school funding scheme proposed by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker that fails to increase support for the state’s most vulnerable students. He called on Governor Christie to veto the plan if it passes the Legislature.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio blasted an unsustainable school funding scheme proposed by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker that fails to increase support for the state’s most vulnerable students. He called on Gov. Christie to veto the plan. (Flickr)

“I have said repeatedly that any school funding reform proposal must fully cover the cost of extraordinary special education for New Jersey’s most vulnerable students,” said Pennacchio. “Those children deserve our support wherever they live in New Jersey. The Sweeney/Prieto plan, however, ignores special education completely. I’m disappointed in what they proposed, it’s just not right. Governor Christie should veto this plan the second it hits his desk.”

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Pennacchio Applauds Comments by Budget Chairman on Special Education Funding

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), vice-chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, applauded comments by the chairman of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee at today’s budget hearing that special education funding needs to be addressed as part of any school funding reforms:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio commended Senate Budget Committee Sarlo for stating that special education funding needs must be addressed in any school funding reforms. (SenateNJ.com)

“During our Select Committee meetings, I discussed the need for the State to assume some of the great cost associated with special education, which greatly impacts local budgets and property tax bills. Having the State fully fund extraordinary special education expenses and fund a greater portion of all special education costs is a critical component of the Senate Republican school funding reform proposal.

“I’m glad to hear that Chairman Sarlo has expressed support for reforming how we fund special education statewide, and I look forward to discussing this and other Senate Republican school funding proposals.”
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Advanced: Pennacchio Bill to Study Use of Ethanol in Fuel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Passaic, Morris) legislation to study the use of ethanol in gasoline and find out if it makes sense for New Jersey was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio to study the use of ethanol in fuel was advanced by a Senate panel. (©iStock)

“With gas prices going through the roof, drivers want to know the fuel they’re putting in their cars is efficient,” Senator Pennacchio said. “There’s concern that putting ethanol in fuel might not be beneficial for cars with engines that weren’t specifically designed to handle it.”

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Pennacchio: Assembly Transportation Committee Had Chances to Improve Rail System

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After a week of commuting troubles caused by a derailed train at Penn Station in New York, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) said he believes the issues related to New Jersey’s rail system and NJ Transit could have been addressed years ago if the Assembly Transportation Committee had advanced his legislation to create a rail study commission.

Following NJ Transit train derailments, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said he believes the Assembly could done more to solve the state’s rail problems. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve introduced a bill to create a rail study commission every session since 2010, and it’s passed the Senate three times,” said Senator Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. “However, the bill has never been granted a hearing in the Assembly. Not once. Had the Assembly acted sooner, we might have had a chance to fix some of our commuter rail problems.”

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Pennacchio: Jersey City Plan for Revenue Sharing with Schools Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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Following reports that Jersey City will now share a portion of its tax abatement revenue with its school district, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) said the plan is too little, too late.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio believes Jersey City should share more of its tax abatement revenue with its public school district. (SenateNJ.com)

“I and my Senate Republican colleagues have been pushing for PILOT money to go to local schools for years. We even included it our proposal for school funding reforms just last week,” said Senator Pennacchio, Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. “So, it’s great to see Mayor Fulop seriously consider our suggestion, but Jersey City owes it to its students to contribute more instead of leaving the rest of the state’s taxpayers stuck with the bill.”

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