McKeon Decries Christieís Overreaching Executive Order Freezing Funding for Critical ProgramsAssembly Budget Committee Member John F. McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) on Friday decried Gov. Christie's executive order freezing critical legislative budget priorities.
"The Governor's actions are disingenuous at best. Throughout the budget process he failed to detail how he would achieve $250 million in healthcare savings and now he is holding these vital programs hostage as a result.
DeAngelo & Gusciora Bill to Better Protect Unemployment Insurance Fund Clears AssemblyLegislation Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo and Reed Gusciora sponsored to better protect the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund from fraud and ensure it's used only by those it was created to assist - unemployed New Jerseyans - recently was advanced by the General Assembly.
"Out-of-work New Jerseyans deserve this help, and every taxpayer deserves to know the benefits system they pay into is protected as best is possible from fraud that, in the end, only costs everyone more money," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "The unemployment fund exists to help New Jerseyans get back on their feet as they find work, and it should be protected for their use and their use only. With these few steps, we can better ensure that happens."
N.J. Assembly Speaker Prieto Statement on Transportation Trust FundNew Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Friday regarding the Transportation Trust Fund executive order:
"We all know we need a transportation funding plan the governor will sign and we need it as soon as possible. This is too important for jobs - especially in our construction industry - and our economy to allow this to continue.
"The Assembly has passed a bill and remains willing to compromise - as long as it's a bill the governor will sign into law..."
Sumter: Christie Administration Once Again Undercuts Struggling Communities with Transitional Aid Freeze
Christie Administration Signed Executive Order Freezing Half of Transitional AidAssembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) today denounced the Christie administration's decision to freeze half of the transitional aid allocated in the FY2017 budget to help struggling municipalities like Paterson and Trenton.
"Struggling municipalities like Paterson, Union City, Trenton and Camden continue to take a hit under the Christie administration. This is a terrible decision which will only further hurt these financially distressed communities. How are these communities supposed to rebound when the administration keeps setting up roadblocks?..."
Schaer Statement on Governorís Veto of Democratic Plan to Combat PovertyEfforts to Reduce Poverty, Rebuild New Jersey's Middle-Class Rejected by Christie
Assembly Budget Committee Chair Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement Thursday in response to Gov. Chris Christie's veto of several items in the Democratic budget aimed at combating poverty and rebuilding New Jersey's middle-class:
"A budget, fundamentally, is about priorities. The governor, once again, has made his unmistakably clear.
"New Jersey cannot move forward by leaving its most vulnerable residents behind. The return on investments like preschool expansion, adult education, charity care, 'breakfast after the bell' and the Senior Freeze is proven. Contrary to the governor's belief, providing people with the hand up they need is not incompatible with fiscal responsibility. In fact, both must be central to any plan for our state's progress." Ö
Sumter & Wimberly: Governor Writes-Off NJ School Districts in Despair AgainAssembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (both D-Passaic/Bergen) on Thursday decried the governor's budget line item veto of additional Paterson school state aid for a second year in a row:
"It is clear that properly funding education and helping New Jersey school districts that deserve the support is not a priority.
"This veto is another attempt by the Governor to shirk his responsibility to the people of New Jersey and selfishly push an agenda contrary to what is in the best interest of families and children," said Sumter.
Prieto & Muoio on Governor's Veto of Work First New Jersey Funding to Help Low-Income FamiliesAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio on Thursday decried Gov. Christie's line item veto of $14.2 million in funding that would have increased the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program.
"We're talking about poor families with children," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "Here was an opportunity to give these families the additional resources needed to eventually break the cycle of poverty. This is very disappointing..."
Burzichelli Statement on Christie Line-Item Budget VetoesAssembly Appropriations Chairman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement Thursday on the governor's line item budget vetoes:
"This list of line item vetoes cuts is painful to see. Democrats submitted a responsible budget that wasn't all that different from the governor's proposal, yet we sought to help the middle-class, the poor and the most vulnerable struggling to make ends meet. These line item vetoes are disappointing and disheartening."
Pintor Marin & Muoio Respond to Christie's Veto of Bill to Boost Aid to Newark & Trenton Hospitals that Serve some of the Most UninsuredAssembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin and Elizabeth Maher Muoio on Thursday called Gov. Christie's veto of a bill they sponsored to provide additional aid to hospitals in Newark and Trenton that provide high levels of uncompensated care "misguided" and "disappointing."
"These two hospitals provide some of the highest levels of uncompensated care in the state, yet their charity care reimbursement is substantially underfunded in comparison to the hospital in their town that provides the very highest level of uncompensated care," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex)...
Pintor Marin & Mazzeo Denounce Governorís Veto of Bills to Provide More Low-Income Women with Access to Health CareAssembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin and Vince Mazzeo on Thursday issued the following statement denouncing Gov. Chris Christie's veto of legislation they sponsored to support funding for critical health care services for low- and middle-income women and their families:
"As a new mother, a legislator and a resident of New Jersey, I am disappointed - although not surprised - that funding for women's health care has been cut from the budget once again," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). "Making health care more accessible and more affordable not only advances wellness in New Jersey but also encourages the preventive health services that ultimately reduce the overall burden on taxpayers. That some of the most vulnerable residents in this state will continue to suffer is nothing short of a shame."
"The governor has departed entirely from what is best for New Jersey in an effort to pander to Republicans across the country," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Numerous health care centers have closed across our state, which left thousands of women without access to essential life-saving services like mammograms, cervical cancer screenings and pre-natal care. Obstructing the road to better health for partisan reasons - particularly when that decision hurts low- and middle-income women most - simply is unfair."
McKeon: It's Time to Post the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules ResolutionAssembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice-Chairman John F. McKeon had the following published recently on PolitickerNJ.com:
The DEP's proposed rules changes to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act presently permit an influx of real estate development in our state's natural floodplains. This increase in development is sure to lead to the piecemeal destruction of the vegetation which serves as a natural buffer along the streams in the floodplains. These vegetative buffers function like a large sponge -- soaking up flood water and filtering pollution before it can run down into our main waterways.
With climate change bringing stronger, more destructive weather events, such as Superstorm Sandy just under four years ago, one would think the Department of Environmental Protection would get the picture by now. The weakening of environmental rules and regulations such as the flood hazard rules is the opposite of what we need to be doing to safeguard New Jersey from future environmental, economic catastrophe..."
Speaker Prieto on Assembly Passage of Legislation to Fund the TTF and Reduce NJís Sales Tax (A-10 & A-12)
Prieto & Schaer on FY 2017 Budget Continuing to Put Focus on Rebuilding NJís Middle Class (A-4000)
Taliaferro, Andrzejczak & Houghtaling Promote Bills to Enhance Farm-to-Table Experience in NJ (A-3053 & A-3054)
Assembly Speaker Prieto on Bills to Continue Funding Transportation Trust Fund in NJ (A-10 & A-11)
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