13 May: Senate Panel Clears Democratic Plan To Save Seniors From Christie’s Rx Drug, Tax Relief Cuts


Two bills aimed at ensuring the Governor’s budget matches its proponents’ calls for “shared sacrifice” among all New Jerseyans while protecting seniors and the disabled from potentially crushing prescription drug costs and higher property taxes were released today by the Senate and Budget Appropriations Committee.

The first bill (S-10) calls for reinstating an income tax surcharge on residents with annual taxable earnings in excess of $1 million – a category that counted roughly 16,000 New Jerseyans among its ranks last year. It is being sponsored by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney.

A companion measure (S-20) would dedicate the estimated $637 million in revenues to eliminating Gov. Christie’s plans to force senior citizens and the disabled to pay higher prescription drugs co-pays and deductibles and restoring senior and disabled property tax rebates to last year’s levels. The bill is sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan.

10 May: Top Democrats Unveil Plan To Save Seniors From Christie’s Rx Drug, Property Tax Relief Cuts

Top New Jersey Democrats on Monday unveiled a plan to eliminate Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to hit senior and disabled citizens with increased prescription drug fees and slash their property tax relief.

The Democratic plan to protect New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents calls for a one-year income tax surcharge on the 16,000 New Jerseyans with taxable incomes of at least $1 million per year. The surcharge would raise about $630 million and eliminate Christie’s plans to force senior citizens to pay more for prescription drugs while slashing their property tax relief.

03 Dec: Lesniak Bill Would Create Authority To Revitalize Ft. Monmouth

TRENTON � A bill sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) that would create thousands of jobs for area residents and spur economic development for the entire region and state by establishing a new authority to revitalize Fort Monmouth was approved 5-0 yesterday by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

The bill (S10) would create a Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to implement the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Plan. It would abolish the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority and transfer all of its functions, powers, and duties to the newly created authority, which would exist in, but not of, the Department of the Treasury.