Assembly Democrats

Johnson & Weinberg Bill to Ensure Fairness in Burial Costs Now Law

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg issued the following statements on the signing of legislation they sponsored to ensure fairness for religious or charitable organizations that provide assistance to their members in their greatest time of need, by providing burial plots for those who have passed.

Signed into law last week, the bill (S1146/A2619) excludes certain conveyances of graves, crypt and niches from the 15% fee that cemetery companies currently charge. The exemption applies to corporations or associations organized not for profit exclusively for religious or charitable purposes.

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Singleton: Veto of Tax-Incentive Oversight is a Lost Opportunity

Assemblyman Troy Singleton Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) had the following published recently in The Record of Hackensack:

"While tax subsidies are nothing new to New Jersey, the velocity at which they are being awarded has greatly increased in recent years. Releasing money of this magnitude without proper accountability standards is completely misguided. It should be common sense to examine whether these expenditures are working. It's what the taxpayers deserve.

"While we must consider the larger, long-term picture when it comes to economic development tools, there is still an expectation that some short-term gains will be realized based on the magnitude of grants awarded over the last several years. And yet that doesn't appear to be the case.

"That is where the governor's veto misses the mark..."

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Lagana Introduces Bill to Boost Jobs, Workforce Training for Military Veterans in STEM Fields

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen, Passaic) has introduced legislation that would support the development of manufacturing jobs and workforce training for New Jersey veterans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"Today's veteran soldiers are more exposed to high-tech systems than any prior generation," Lagana said. "Many know how to operate aerial drones, satellites, and can build and repair robotics systems. Veterans have the professional experience and technical skill set that New Jersey's employers look for when building their workforce."

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Mazzeo, Schaer, Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Propose “Holocaust Reparations Tax Exemption Act"

Bill Would Eliminate Inheritance and Estate Taxes on Reparations Received by Holocaust Victims, Survivors and their Descendants
Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle have introduced the "Holocaust Reparations Tax Exemption Act" to help relieve the tax burden on Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

"The purpose of the bill is to alleviate the tax burden on the restitution payments and distributions received by Holocaust survivors," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "This is a small token of remembrance and compensation for the untold losses that can never fully be recuperated."

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Diegnan: "Patriot's Corner" Fitting Tribute to NJ Soldiers Currently Serving in Armed Forces, NJ National Guard
Diegnan sponsored the law to create the permanent tribute in the State House

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Patrick (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Wednesday following the unveiling of the "Patriot's Corner" plaque in the State House honoring New Jersey's active soldiers:

"The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are invaluable.

"There are many memorials dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and they are well deserved. This memorial honors those who continue to carry on that mission at home and abroad. It is wonderful to know that every visitor who comes through the State House will have a chance to pay tribute to those New Jersey residents actively serving and protecting their country…."

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*** WEDNESDAY ADVISORY *** Diegnan & NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs Unveil "Patriot's Corner" in Honor of NJ's Active Soldiers

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and the state Department of Military and Veteran Affairs will host a ceremony on Wednesday to unveil the new "Patriot's Corner" plaque in the State House in honor of all New Jersey residents currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Diegnan sponsored the law to create the permanent State House tribute to New Jersey's men and women in uniform. The monument was funded by private donations.

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Burzichelli on Impact of Christie Administration Failed Policies on the FY 2016 Budget

Burzichelli on Impact of Christie Administration Failed Policies on the FY 2016 Budget from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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