Prieto & Sweeney Announce Agreement on Plan for Renewed Transportation Trust FundSenate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Friday announced that they have reached agreement on a new plan to fund the Transportation Trust Fund and enact a series of tax cuts designed to make New Jersey more competitive.
"The Assembly acted to fund transportation, but this stalemate cannot continue," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "As I've been saying for more than two years, New Jersey needs a viable Transportation Trust Fund or we risk economic disaster. With efforts to negotiate a compromise with the governor stalled, I'm pleased to reach this new compromise that will provide much-needed investment in our state's infrastructure and tax relief. I will now look for a firm commitment of strong support from Assembly Republicans to keep our roads and bridges safe and workers on the job. This is too important for our economy. We must get this done for the benefit of our state's future..."
Watson Sworn-In to Represent 29th Legislative DistrictFormer Essex County Freeholder Blonnie Watson to Fill Vacant Seat Left by L. Grace Spencer Rise to State Superior Court Judge
(TRENTON) - Former Essex County Freeholder Blonnie R. Watson received the oath of office on Thursday from Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to become a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Assemblywoman Watson takes the seat of former Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer upon her departure to become a state Superior Court Judge.
"Blonnie has been a longtime, esteemed public servant in the 29th legislative district," said Speaker Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "I look forward to her input as we continue our work in this legislative session."
DeAngelo, Pinkin, Tucker, Andrzejczak, Conaway & Land Measure to Establish Military Skills Council Now LawLaw Incorporates Recommendation from July 2015 Task Force Report
A measure Assembly Democrats Wayne P. DeAngelo, Nancy Pinkin, Cleopatra Tucker, Bob Andrzejczak, Herb Conaway, Jr. and R. Bruce Land sponsored to fortify New Jersey's five military installations has been signed into law.
"Our military installations clearly play an important role when it comes to national defense, but when you consider the thousands of jobs tied to the military, the businesses that support the installations and the billions of dollars in revenue that the installations generate, the local economic significance of New Jersey's military installations is irrefutable," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice-chair of the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. "Any legislation that supports our installations, therefore, will have a positive impact on our state as a whole."
Andrzejczak, Land, Houghtaling & Gusciora Bill to Prohibit Harvesting Diamondback Terrapin in NJ Now LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Bruce Land, Eric Houghtaling and Reed Gusciora to protect New Jersey's declining diamondback terrapin population by making it illegal to harvest these turtles has been signed into law.
"Diamondbacks are unique to New Jersey and play a significant role in our coastal ecosystem," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic & Cumberland). "The diamondback terrapin is threatened by loss of habitat, road mortality and increased demand from food markets overseas that has intensified its harvest. This will help protect our diamondbacks from going down the road towards extinction."
Huttle: Christie Playbook -- Target the Less FortunateAssembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in The Record:
"With much of the conversation in Trenton over the last month revolving around the impending bankruptcy of the Transportation Trust Fund, relatively overlooked was Governor Christie's late-night maneuvering in the waning hours of June.
"Just before midnight on June 30, Christie issued an executive order freezing $250 million in funding for critical programs - the likes of which aid abused children, domestic violence and rape victims and cancer research - until an unelected, unaccountable committee can find a way to save that much money on employee health benefit costs.
"These programs run the gamut when it comes to serving the most vulnerable.
"The most disturbing aspect of this situation is the complete and utter disregard the governor has displayed for the human casualties of his decision. This indicates a serious disconnect with the struggles of everyday New Jerseyans..."
Greenwald, Tucker, Johnson, Benson, DeAngelo, Zwicker & Downey Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans, Armed Forces Members Continues AdvancingLegislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Andrew Zwicker and Joann Downey to encourage veterans and members of the military to pursue higher education goals was advanced by a Senate committee on Thursday.
"These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the armed forces."
Prieto & Schaer on FY 2017 Budget Continuing to Put Focus on Rebuilding NJ’s Middle Class (A-4000)
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