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Senator Joe Pennacchio

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New Pennacchio/Testa Bill Will Restore Parental Rights Above Social Agendas

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation reaffirming parental rights and amending current law to prevent schools from teaching some concepts related to critical race theory (CRT) and various controversial topics to students younger than high school age.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced legislation reaffirming parental rights and amending current law to prevent schools from teaching some concepts related to critical race theory and various controversial topics to students younger than high school age. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2385, redresses some of the directives contained in legislation (A-4454), which was passed in the previous legislative session and signed into law on March 1, 2021.

“The term ‘unconscious bias’ is one of the key tenets of CRT. They are intent on teaching students that they are racists even if they don’t mean to be, and they are teaching this to kids as young as Kindergarten-age,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-26). “The moral and sexual upbringing of young children is the responsibility of mothers and fathers. In their effort to redraw the lines of authority and societal mores, Democrats in the Legislature have deliberately and stealthily moved toward an extreme curriculum on topics such as sexuality and critical race theory.”

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Pennacchio Bill that Would Streamline Application Process for Veterans Benefits Clears Committee

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Bill Would Simplify the Statutory Definitions of ‘Veteran,’ ‘Disabled Veteran,’ and ‘Service-Disabled Veteran’

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation that would streamline the application process for veterans benefits cleared the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation that would streamline the application process for veterans benefits cleared the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“The men and women who served our nation in the armed forces deserve to have access to the benefits they earned without having to go through excessive government red tape,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Currently, there are numerous statutory definitions of the terms ‘veteran’ and ’disabled veteran.’ This makes it extremely difficult for some service members to apply for benefits. In fact, there are over 20 definitions of the word ‘veteran’ alone. My legislation will reduce the number of definitions so that the brave men and women who served our country can more easily access the benefits they deserve.”

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O’Scanlon & Pennacchio Propose Savings for NJ’s Battered Property Taxpayers

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Bill Would Allow Deduction of All Property Taxes Paid from State Income Tax

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Joe Pennacchio re-introduced legislation that would provide relief for New Jersey’s over-burdened property taxpayers.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Joe Pennacchio re-introduced legislation that would eliminate the current $15,000 cap and allow taxpayers to deduct the entire amount of property taxes paid on their income tax. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2279, would allow taxpayers to deduct from state income tax the entire amount of property taxes paid on their principal residence, eliminating the current $15,000 cap.

“When New Jersey residents complain about the state being too expensive, they are often referring to our exorbitant property taxes,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-13). “There are plenty of other taxes adding to the burden on taxpayers, but it is property taxes, the No. 1 highest property taxes in the nation, that pack the strongest punch. There’s absolutely no justification for stopping families from deducting every last cent from their income taxes.

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Pennacchio Calls Murphy’s Budget an Anchor that Will Sink New Jersey Families

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Senator Asks Public if Their Lives Will be Better Off with a 40% Increase in the State Budget

After Governor Phil Murphy unveiled an almost-$50 billion budget, Senator Joe Pennacchio decried his ravenous spending, calling the fiscal plan an albatross around the necks of New Jersey’s weary taxpayers.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio blasted the Governor’s budget for increasing spending to almost $50 billion, but failing to provide meaningful relief for taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

“Since taking office, Murphy has increased spending by an outlandish 40 percent. He is trying to hide behind what he calls the ANCHOR Property Tax Program, which comes far short of delivering any real relief to residents. The only anchor today is the unsustainable spending plan that will sink families deeper and deeper into the muck of New Jersey unaffordability.”

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Pennacchio Frustrated Senate Didn’t Act Sooner to Press Administration on Unemployment Failings

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Republican Efforts that Could Have Solved Problems were Blocked by the Majority

In response to the Senate’s overwhelming support of a bipartisan resolution calling for the Governor to “immediately address [the] unemployment claim backlog and reopen state offices closed to the public,” the Department of Labor announced plans to offer limited in-person unemployment help beginning March 28, and Senator Joe Pennacchio said the Governor’s Administration should be embarrassed.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking during a New Jersey Senate session on March 3, 2022 on a resolution, SR-66, that urges the New Jersey Department of Labor to resolve a backlog of unemployment claims and to reopen unemployment offices that have been closed for two years. (YouTube)

“Barely an hour after the Senate voted 39-0 to demand action, the Governor and labor commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo were moved to action,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “They finally felt compelled to act once the Legislature took action. Maybe if the majority had not blocked all our Republican efforts for the last year-and-a-half, this would have happened sooner.”

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Pennacchio: Murphy Should Follow New CDC Recommendations, Lift School Mask Mandate Immediately

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said Governor Phil Murphy should lift his school mask mandate immediately to align New Jersey with new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Gov. Murphy should lift his school mask mandate immediately to align New Jersey with new guidance from the CDC, which no longer recommends masking anywhere in the state. (CDC)

“The CDC is no longer recommending that masks be worn anywhere in New Jersey under new guidance that takes into account local community data,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “If Governor Murphy were truly basing his COVID-19 policies on science, he would follow the CDC’s recommendation and lift the mask mandate today for New Jersey schools and everywhere else.”

On Friday, the CDC replaced recommendations that masks be worn in all schools nationwide with new guidance that accounts for local conditions in each county.

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Administration Releases 40 Percent of Prisoners, Threatens to Cut 60 Percent of Correctional Police Officers

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Pennacchio Blasts Strategy as ‘Unnecessary and Overkill’

Senator Joe Pennacchio challenged the Murphy Administration’s policy of terminating unvaccinated corrections after releasing 40 percent of the State’s prison population.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio challenged the Murphy Administration’s policy of terminating unvaccinated corrections after releasing 40 percent of the State’s prison population. (DoD via Flickr)

“It is obvious the Governor is applying social science to his COVID policies as it relates to prisons, prisoners and correction officers, as opposed to medical science. Decisions reflect political agendas, not public health.”

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Bipartisan Effort Announced to Seek Answers to Pandemic Nursing Home Deaths

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Senators Gill, Pennacchio Seek Panel to Investigate

Senator Joe Pennacchio has joined Senator Nia H. Gill as a prime sponsor of her resolution that would establish a special committee of the Senate to investigate New Jersey’s nursing home pandemic response.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has joined Sen. Nia H. Gill as a prime sponsor of a resolution that would establish a special committee of the Senate to investigate New Jersey’s nursing home pandemic response. (SenateNJ.com)

In a tweet announcing her measure (SR-48) last week, Gill said: “For New Jerseyans to get the answers they deserve, we must have a transparent and public investigation.”

“I want to thank Senator Gill for taking the mantle on this poignant issue, and for allowing me to partner with her as a prime sponsor,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “In her quest for the truth, Senator Gill has become a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the thousands of seniors who died from COVID in New Jersey nursing homes and the families who lost loved ones.”

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Prisoner Release Proves Health Emergency Must End, Pennacchio Says

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With the imminent early release of almost 300 more convicted criminals by Governor Murphy and his Department of Corrections, Senator Joe Pennacchio revived calls for terminating the public health emergency.

With the imminent early release of almost 300 more convicted criminals by Gov. Murphy and his Department of Corrections, Sen. Joe Pennacchio revived calls for terminating the public health emergency. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“As he has done for more than a year, the Governor is using the pandemic as cover for turning criminals loose in New Jersey neighborhoods,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “After announcing plans to lift other COVID restrictions and as statewide numbers continue to improve, he’s ready to run through the cell blocks unlocking doors and letting the bad guys run free to protect them from a relatively benign omicron variant of the virus.”

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Pennacchio: Maybe They Weren’t Knuckleheads After All

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Johns Hopkins Study Shows Lockdowns Were Useless

A recent Johns Hopkins University analysis found that COVID lockdowns have been virtually useless, and State Senator Joe Pennacchio said the new revelations are further proof Governor Phil Murphy’s refusal to include the Legislature in pandemic decision-making was a mistake.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio cited a Johns Hopkins University analyis that found aggressive lockdowns that kept children out of schools and customers out of stores did more harm than good. (Flickr)

“This is all the more reason to end the Governor’s unilateral ‘rule by executive order’ approach,” said Pennacchio (R-24). “From Day 1, more people should have been involved in the decision-making. Murphy should have been sharing information with elected representatives in the Senate and Assembly to demonstrate why any mandates were necessary and to consider the consequences.”

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