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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges Residents to Take Advantage of Extension to Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today urged all eligible residents to take advantage of an extension to the deadline to apply for the 2012 Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement program.

“Governor Christie’s administration has expanded access to property tax relief available to seniors and disabled residents by extending the deadline to the 2012 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement Program) to September 16,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “I urge all eligible residents who missed the initial filing deadline to take time now to apply for this meaningful tax relief program.”

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Pennacchio Praises Budget’s Ban on Using State Aid for University Payouts

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Senator Joe Pennacchio applauded language included in the FY 2014 budget that prohibits state colleges and universities from using state aid to pay for payouts like the one given from Rutgers University to Coach Mike Rice in April.

Pennacchio (R-Morris) introduced a budget resolution following the Mike Rice scandal to dock Rutgers University approximately $2.1 million in state aid in the state’s FY14 budget, and require school officials to provide a report demonstrating how the payouts were funded out of administrative coffers without raising tuition or using state aid.

“While I am still calling for Rutgers University to show how the preposterous giveaways to Coach Rice were funded, I’m pleased this budget incorporates my suggestion to prohibit state aid from being used to pay off employees who fail in their public roles to educate youth,” Pennacchio said. “Taxpayers can now be assured that their money won’t be misspent on misguided payouts.”

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Pennacchio: Record Pension Payment Continues Path Toward Solvency

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris) lauded the FY 2014 budget’s record pension payment as further proof that Republican leadership has reversed course and set the state’s pension systems on a path toward long-term solvency.

“After past administrations worried more about growing government than the rising cost to tax payers and solidifying the future of our public employees, Governor Christie’s $1.67 billion allocation for FY 2014 is the single largest pension payment in the state’s history,” Pennacchio said. “This record payment builds on the landmark pension and health benefits reform measure I sponsored two years ago.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco, Pennacchio, Oroho: State Budget Approach is a Positive Sign

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Senators: Christie-Led Budget Compromise Validates How the People Feel About NJ’s Turnaround

Senate Republican Budget and Appropriation Committee members Anthony Bucco, Steve Oroho and Joe Pennacchio issued the following statements regarding today’s FY 2014 budget advancement:

“This budget is a positive sign that Democrats in this legislature are now all on board with New Jersey’s economic turnaround led by the Christie administration, which has revenues and private sector job gains growing each month,” said Budget Officer Bucco (R-Morris). “It’s unfortunate the budget lacks a much-needed tax cut and an opportunity scholarship program, but it proves that together we can position this state for economic growth instead of growth in government. It is a good step to show that we can make government spend within its means at all levels, just as New Jersey families and employers must do.”

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Pennacchio: Democrats Put Politics Over Families; Withdraws Sponsorship of Fenimore Landfill Bill for Sake of the Residents

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R –Morris) released the following statement today following the Senate Environment and Energy Committee hearing.

“Today the Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard heart-wrenching stories from residents whose children’s lives and health are at risk because of Fenimore Landfill. Although Democrats on the committee heard the testimony they were not listening to the people.

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Pennacchio to Introduce Resolution Calling for Special Prosecutor to Investigate IRS

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said today he plans to introduce a resolution calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the disturbing revelation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

“The actions of the IRS were a direct breach of the public’s trust and to the fundamental principals of our democracy,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “We can not allow a heavy-handed government to squash Constitutional rights.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Pennacchio: Jobs, Revenue Gains Should Inspire More Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senate Budget Committee Member Joe Pennacchio stated the following in response to today’s announcement of New Jersey’s continued private-sector job growth and state revenue gains:

“Each month we are welcoming the good news for New Jersey families that we’re continuing to add private-sector jobs and the state’s revenues are rallying now beyond projections,” Kean said. “Members of this legislature should be inspired to act on more Republican reforms that can enhance jobs and revenue growth. Those who want to get things done should join Senate Republicans to enact more bipartisan reforms to improve the quality of life for New Jerseyans.”

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Pennacchio Challenges Barchi to Assure Rice Payouts Don’t Impact Students, Taxpayers

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris), challenged Rutgers University President Robert Barchi during today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee to make sure payouts related to the Coach Mike Rice scandal don’t impact students or taxpayers.

“People do not want or deserve their tax dollars and tuition dollars to be spent on these payouts,” committee member Pennacchio emphasized. “Rutgers administrators caused this problem and should fund payouts out of their administrative budget. I look forward to an update from President Barchi and Rutgers administrators as to how they will be accountable for their $2.1 million payouts to failed public leaders.”

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Pennacchio to Submit Resolution to Dock Rutgers State Funding

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris), a Budget & Appropriations Committee member, is introducing a resolution to dock Rutgers University an amount in state aid equal to their excessive payouts related to the Coach Mike Rice scandal.

“The overwhelming majority of taxpayers are rightly disgusted with how Rutgers is paying off those who failed in their public roles, to foster youths,” Pennacchio said. “It is appalling that the University would even think it’s acceptable to give those responsible for the Coach Rice calamity $2.1 million in departing gifts. If they want to waste money, taxpayers or students won’t be picking up the tab.”

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Democrats Reject Pennacchio Amendment to Increase NJ Earned Income Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

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Senate Democrats today rejected a floor amendment Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) to increase and re-implement New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, and also to raise the state’s minimum wage.

“There is significant bipartisan support in this Senate to raise and reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as increase the minimum wage,” Pennacchio said. “Today’s outcome is not surprising, given that Democrats as a political tactic have rejected my past proposals to immediately increase the minimum wage.”

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