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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio on Today’s Earned Income Tax Credit Vote

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) stated the following about today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee vote on New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program:

“Today’s committee vote to reinstate the EITC this year was political smoke and mirrors, considering the state does not have the roughly $60 million necessary to fund this program.

“Instead of wasting time, trying to score political points, legislative Democrats should compromise to responsibly increase the state’s minimum wage and EITC.

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Pennacchio on Christie’s Conditional Veto of Minimum Wage Bill

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, sponsor of legislative amendments to responsibly increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50, stated the following in response to Governor Chris Christie’s conditional veto today of A-2162:

“The governor’s conditional veto is further proof that many Republicans and Democrats agree that the state’s minimum wage should be increased.

“But instead of compromising to increase the minimum wage, Legislative Democrats would rather use this issue to mislead and gain support during this year’s campaigns. They would rather hold the workforce as political pawns for the election. What Trenton Democrats don’t realize is that members of New Jersey’s workforce are smart enough to realize when they are being played.

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Allen & Pennacchio Bill Preventing Abuse of Disabled Parking Privileges Signed Into Law

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Aims to Reduce Abuse, Wrongful Issuance of Parking Privileges

Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris) updating state laws to prevent abuse and wrongful issuance of disabled parking placards has been signed by Governor Chris Christie.

“Every time someone who is not disabled inappropriately obtains or uses a placard, he or she takes that parking space away from someone truly in need,” said Allen. “I’m pleased that the Governor has signed common sense changes to the law that will ensure proper verification of a placard holder’s disability on an ongoing basis.”

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Pennacchio: ‘Special’ Budget Hearing? Really the Democrats 2013 Campaign Kick-Off

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Senator: Democrats Are Budgetary Hypocrites

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) stated the following about today’s “special” Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee meeting:

“Today’s ‘special budget hearing’ was really the Trenton Democrats attempt to kick off their 2013 gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Chris Christie. It was a blatant show of hypocrisy at the expense of New Jersey residents, whose money and resources should not be squandered on political games.

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Pennacchio to Make the Best of Government Transparency Acts That Were Held

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) stated the following about the Senate Democrats’ decision to hold bipartisan transparency bills (S-1451 and S-1452) that he co-sponsors with Senator Loretta Weinberg:

“I am disappointed that New Jersey residents will have to wait even longer to benefit from overdue improvements to the state’s primary transparency and accountability laws. But I will continue working with Senator Weinberg in a bipartisan fashion to update the Open Public Records and Meetings acts to address more public agencies, newer technologies and the often arduous process of obtaining public information.

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Morris County Senators Bucco, Pennacchio Lambast Majority Party’s Attempt to Unseat Knapp

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Morris County Republican Senators Tony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio decried Senate Democrats unprecedented political attempt today to avoid the democratic process and try to unseat Acting Morris County Prosecutor Frederic Knapp.

“Once again, the majority party is trying to deny a qualified nominee from serving the people as a prosecutor or judge strictly for political reasons,” Bucco said. “They are in denial that Chris Christie has been elected New Jersey’s governor and are attempting everything they can to prevent Gov. Christie and this Senate from exercising our constitutional duties for New Jersey residents.”

“Senate Democrats have once again proved they could care less about the democratic process and the New Jersey Constitution,” Pennacchio added. “They have lost any credibility to even mention constitutionality, as they ignore an obligation to confirm a full state Supreme Court and baselessly ignore the massive backlog of judges, prosecutors and other gubernatorial appointments.”

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Pennacchio: “Unrelated Spending in Sandy Relief Package Shows Washington at it’s Worst”

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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee member Joseph Pennacchio (R- Morris) today blasted the Obama Administration and the Democrat- led U.S. Senate for inserting billions in unrelated spending projects into the federal aid legislation for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

“It is no wonder our nation has a $16 trillion debt when even hurricane relief gets larded up with unrelated pork barrel spending,” said Pennacchio. “New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut desperately need federal assistance to rebuild from the devastation wrought by this storm. That aid shouldn’t be used as a vehicle to appropriate funding for other projects that wouldn’t otherwise withstand scrutiny and, more importantly, that aid should not be jeopardized by billions of dollars in unrelated add ons that are anathema to the House of Representatives.”

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Pennacchio Urges Attention to Passaic Basin Flooding Issues

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After today’s tour of Bergen County communities and small businesses devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Joe Pennacchio urged fellow state leaders to remember also the needs of communities in the Passaic River Basin dealing with constant flooding problems.

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Allen, Pennacchio Bill Preventing Abuse of Disabled Parking Privileges Approved by Senate

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Aims to Reduce Abuse, Wrongful Issuance of Parking Privileges

Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris) updating state laws to prevent abuse and wrongful issuance of disabled parking placards has been approved by the full Senate.

“Every time someone who is not disabled inappropriately obtains or uses a placard, he or she takes that parking space away from someone truly in need,” said Allen.  “This bill makes commonsense changes to process of obtaining a ‘wheelchair placard’ that ensure proper verification of one’s disability on an ongoing basis.”

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Pennacchio on Minimum Wage: So Much for Bipartisan Compromise

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Senator Asks Why Democrats Would Rather Hold Workers Hostage Than Address Minimum Wage

Senator Joe Pennacchio questioned why legislative Democrats fail to consider a bipartisan agreement to increase minimum wage during today’s Senate session.

Today, Senator Pennacchio again submitted an amendment to increase the minimum wage in January 2013, several months before any Democrat plans would be initiated.

“Both parties by and large agree that the minimum wage should be increased, and my amendment hits the Democrats’ mark of $8.50,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “But legislative Democrats still refuse to compromise and would rather hold workers and small businesses as political hostages for next year’s campaigns.”

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