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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Kearny, an American War Hero, Deserves Better

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The New Jersey Senate passed a bill this week that would honor suffragist Alice Paul with a statue in Washington, D.C.

Paul’s image would replace one of American war hero Philip Kearny, a move Senator Joe Pennacchio called unnecessary and unfair.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said removing a statue honoring Philip Kearny, a New Jersey war hero who made the ultimate sacrifice, is unnecessary. (SenateNJ.com)

“Alice Paul was a fantastic leader in the campaign to pass the 19th amendment and allow women to vote,” Pennacchio said. “Our nation and our democracy is stronger, thanks to her vision and tenacity. She deserves every accolade we can give her.

“It troubles me that to memorialize her place in history, we feel the need to tear down the honor of another hero, a veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Pennacchio added.

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Pennacchio Bill to Position NJ as the Leader in the Evolution of Clean, Safe Fusion Power Earns Senate Approval

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Initiates Scholarships for Scientists Specializing In Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to help establish New Jersey as a trailblazer in fusion energy was endorsed by the Senate today.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation that would provide scholarships to help attract top-level scientists to the fields of fission energy and plasma physics passed the Senate. (SenateNJ)

“The successful development of fusion as an affordable, efficient and eco-friendly source of energy would herald a new era of economic and scientific growth across the globe,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “New Jersey is the home of Princeton Physics Lab and a growing network of startups committed to making fusion power a reality. Just as California has its Silicon Valley, New Jersey could have its Fusion Epicenter if we play our cards right. This bill is a big step in that direction.”

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Pennacchio to NJ Taxpayers: ‘The Joker is On You’

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Sunday night’s Oscar Award telecast should have left a bitter taste in the mouths of New Jersey taxpayers, Senator Joe Pennacchio said.

“On a night when the entertainment industry elite lectured Americans on priorities, politics and principals, New Jersey didn’t even get a ‘thank you’ for the $2 million from hard-working taxpayers in our state that helped finance the filming of ‘Joker,’” said Pennacchio (R-26). “They didn’t need our money to make the movie, but they gladly accepted it.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than having $2 million of hard-earned money to help pay for the filming of a $1 billion blockbuster movie. (Wikimedia)

The money flowed through the state’s contentious film tax credit program, recently extended by Governor Murphy for five more years, through 2028. More than $57 million in tax breaks were awarded last year.

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Special Committee on Economic Growth Issues Report with Recommended Reforms & Improvements

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Includes Strategies for Greater Transparency & Oversight, Actions to Improve Effectiveness of Tax Incentive Programs

The special Senate committee created to evaluate the state’s economic development programs issued its report today with a broad array of proposed reforms to bring greater transparency and oversight to the Economic Development Authority, and to improve the effectiveness of the policies used to create jobs, attract investments to distressed communities and generate long-term economic growth in New Jersey.

The bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies issued its report, including an evaluation of past tax incentive programs and proposed reforms to improve their effectiveness. (SenateNJ.com)

The bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies’ report follows eight months of work, which included a comprehensive review of past programs and four public hearings that focused on the best practices for economic expansion, said Senator Bob Smith, the committee’s chairman, and Senator Joe Pennacchio, the panel’s vice chairman.

“I would like to commend Chairman Smith for ensuring the Select Committee’s review of New Jersey’s tax incentive programs was accomplished in a fair and bipartisan manner,” said Senator Pennacchio. “The report includes significant input from Senate Republicans that reflect many of the priorities we laid out at the beginning of the process. Given New Jersey’s challenging business environment, we believe the final report represents a thoughtful strategy to make the Garden State more competitive, create new opportunities for residents, and better protect taxpayer dollars.”

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Pennacchio Bill to Power Fusion Energy Development with Scholarship Program Clears Committee

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Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to attract top-level graduate students and researchers to the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics was approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill supports the development of clean, renewable power in New Jersey with scholarships for graduate students and researchers studying fusion energy and plasma physics. (SenateNJ.com)

“Fusion is an exciting renewable energy option with limitless potential,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will support the development of researchers and scientists to advance the innovations necessary to realize the promise of fusion as a safe, economical, and sustainable energy source for our long-term energy needs.”

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Pennacchio Disappointed by Murphy’s Veto of $500K for Clean Drinking Water, Approval of $1M for Stadium Project in Paterson

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Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Governor Phil Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he signed legislation providing $1 million to renovate a decrepit stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500,000 to help maintain Greenwood Lake in Passaic County.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio expressed disappointment at Gov. Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he approved $1M to renovate an unused stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500K to maintain Greenwood Lake. (GoogleMaps)

“Less than a week after Gov. Murphy blocked a bipartisan effort to support Greenwood Lake and ensure clean drinking water for more than 3 million people, he approved twice as much money for someone’s pet project in Paterson,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The veto was especially disappointing because the governor had personally claimed responsibility for the state-owned lake. To instead fund the renovation of an unused stadium is a staggering demonstration of the governor’s politically driven and misplaced priorities.”

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Pennacchio Named “Advocacy Champion” by NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was honored as a 2020 Advocacy Champion by the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT).

Formed in 2011, the NJCAHT is a non-profit comprised of 180 unique groups, including faith-based organizations, government agencies, academics, and law enforcement, who stand united against human trafficking.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio was honored as an Advocacy Champion by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. (SenateNJ.com)

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it’s happening today, right here in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “By staying alert and informed of red flags, we can help those who are trapped and prevent innocent people from falling victim to this heinous crime. Working together on a bipartisan basis, the New Jersey Legislature can help end this exploitation and provide survivors the support they need.”

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Pennacchio S-2173 Discriminates Against State’s Children

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Senator Pennacchio (R-26) released the following statement on S-1273:

In a statement about S-2173, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the bill is unfair to poor and minority children whose parents cannot afford to send them to private schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“S-2173 was amended in the legislature yesterday to allow for private schools to opt out of the vaccine mandate.  Regardless how one feels about the issue of vaccinations, when it comes to children we should be in agreement that all laws must be equally applied.  Children should not be an exception – poor, urban, mostly minority children will be forced to abide by one set of rules that does not apply to children whose parents can afford to send them to private schools.

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Pennacchio: Governor Veto of Greenwood Lake Funding Contradicts Previous Commitment

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was dismayed by Governor Murphy’s absolute veto of legislation to maintain the lake and ensure clean water in Greenwood Lake.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the veto of his bill to help maintain Greenwood Lake failed the residents of West Milford and Passaic County. (Pixabay)

“Trenton has failed the residents of West Milford and Passaic County, and the three millions residents and thousands of businesses that depend on Greenwood Lake for drinking water,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Administration abandoned one of our most popular and scenic waterways as a priority while they continually push their own liberal priorities. The veto is very disappointing to the residents of New Jersey.” Continue Reading…

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Pennacchio: Put Brakes on Hollywood Tax Breaks

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today said New Jersey’s Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program is an expensive failure that costs taxpayers money they cannot afford to lose.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio today said the New Jersey’s Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program is costing state taxpayers millions of dollars without providing any long-term benefits. (Wikimedia)

“This is a huge corporate give-away that only helps the Hollywood elites who share nothing in common with working class taxpayers,” Pennacchio said. “Hollywood is lining up for free money without providing any long term benefits for our residents who struggle to make ends meet under the highest taxes in the nation.”

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