06 Jun: Whelan Bill Aimed At Increasing Candidate Participation In School Board Elections Approved By Senate Education Panel

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan that would change the state’s filing deadline for November school board elections in an attempt to increase the number of individuals running to serve on the boards was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

“Last year we passed commonsense legislation that gave municipalities and school districts the opportunity to move their school board elections from April to November – saving municipalities and the state millions of dollars and increasing voter turnout and participation in elections that greatly affect our children’s education,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “An unintended consequence of this legislation, is that the relatively short timeframe from filing deadline to Election Day grew exponentially, and now falls at a time when many families and individuals are busy with graduations, end of school-year activities and summer vacations. Hopefully by moving the date to file for school board closer to the November election, we can encourage more New Jerseyans to participate in the democratic process by running for school boards to serve their communities and better the education for our kids.”

22 Jan: Codey: Combo Toll & Gas Tax Hike Is A Double Whammy For Residents

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today said that the plan being proposed as an alternative to raising tolls – a call for a combination of smaller toll increases along with a gas tax increase – is “unacceptable.”

“This proposal does not make very much sense. The gas tax tends to be regressive and it would be felt the most by the same people that use our roads the most. For these people, it would be a crippling double whammy. In my opinion, this proposal is unacceptable and only inflicts pain on a broader number of people.

16 Oct: Turner Measure Would Deny Development Subsidies To Employers Of Illegal Aliens

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee gave unanimous approval today to legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner that would deny state and local development subsidies to any business found to employee illegal aliens.

“Development subsidies are only effective if the company receiving those funds reinvests them into the community,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “When companies receive loans, grants and tax breaks it is with the intention of creating more jobs and expanding the local tax base. When illegal aliens are employed instead, our communities lose all of the benefits of these subsidies.”

23 Jun: Turner Introduces Measure To Recover Subsidies From Companies Employing Undocumented Workers

TRENTON – Senate President Pro Tempore Shirley K. Turner introduced legislation yesterday that would require that companies employing undocumented aliens pay back any development subsidies they receive from a state or local governmental entity.

“We spend tens of millions of dollars in subsidies to businesses with the promise that they will create new jobs and bolster the New Jersey economy,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “When these companies go and hire illegal aliens to fill these new jobs, they are violating that agreement and ultimately defrauding the taxpayers of New Jersey. Those companies who break the law have no right to retain the benefits of a development grant.”