Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to prohibit persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains passed the full Senate 38-0.
“It’s incomprehensible that state law allows a person who is prohibited from driving a car due to DUI-related issues to drive a train with hundreds of passengers,” said Beck. “NJ Transit operators are entrusted with safely transporting thousands of passengers a day. They have to be held accountable. If you cannot be trusted to drive a car, you shouldn’t be trusted to drive a train either.”
Beck Introduces Legislation for Key Elements of TTF Renewal & Urges Residents to Sign “No Gas Tax” Petition
7-Year, $1.7 Billion Plan with NO Gas Tax Increase
Sign “No Gas Tax” Petition at SenateNJ.com/nogastax
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Americans for Prosperity-NJ held a State House press conference on Thursday and presented two key elements of Beck’s Transportation Trust Fund proposal that fully funds the TTF over seven years with no increase to the gas tax. Senator Beck urged members of the public to sign onto her petition against raising the regressive gas tax.
“This long-term plan can be supported by a modest state revenue growth, which is the average for the last six years, and with two key components: reining in employee health benefit costs and consolidating New Jersey’s separate transportation entities into one unit. To that end, I am introducing legislation today that aims to move State employee health benefits from their current ‘platinum’ levels to avoid the looming ‘Cadillac Tax’ on overly generous plans. Additionally, my legislation forms a task force to implement a consolidation of the State’s separate transportation agencies into one department.” Beck said.
Beck continued, “I have heard from the residents in my district loud and clear: New Jerseyans are seeking tax relief, not increased taxes. I urge all residents to sign my petition and register their voices to be heard.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation has approved the Long Branch City Council’s application to designate the city as a “transit village.” Senator Beck, together with the Mayor and City Council, has fought to secure this designation for more than three years.
“With a bustling train station and the prestigious Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch has enormous potential to become a thriving destination for commuters, new residents, tourists, and business owners,” Senator Beck said. “This designation paves the way for the city to become more pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly, with new businesses, improved parking, and a walkable downtown with abundant opportunities for shopping and community-building.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (5/26): Beck to Advance Key Elements of Her Transportation Trust Fund Proposal at Press Conference
7-Year Plan, No Gas Tax Increase
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and members from New Jersey’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity will hold a press conference in Room 103 of the New Jersey State House on Thursday, May 26th, at 11 a.m. to discuss two key elements of her $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) proposal that will allow its renewal for seven years without increasing the state’s gas tax.
WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck, Americans for Prosperity – NJ
WHAT: Press conference to advance key elements of her TTF proposal without raising the gas tax
WHEN: Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: New Jersey State House, Room 103 (across from Senate chambers)
The Senate Higher Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to support the Citizenship Rutgers immigration law project at Rutgers University which helps legal permanent residents to attain citizenship.
The measure, S-1558, would make a FY2016 supplemental of $200,000 from the General Fund to Citizenship Rutgers to support the organization and naturalization assistance events across the state.
“Many of New Jersey’s 600,000 permanent legal residents have lived here for decades and dream of citizenship, but they have not move forward due to the complexity and cost of the naturalization process,” said Beck. “Citizenship Rutgers provides those who choose to follow the legal process to attain citizenship with the direction and support they need to understand how to become naturalized.”
With Opening Day of Monmouth Park’s 2016 racing season upcoming this weekend, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) reiterated her support for an expansion of gaming that would support New Jersey’s struggling horse racing industry.
“When we visit Monmouth Park or Freehold Raceway on a race day, or drive through the horse farms of Monmouth County, we realize how much is at risk of being lost,” said Beck. “The Legislature has moved forward to help this important industry, and now voters will have the opportunity to express their support this November.”
A proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-1, will appear before voters this November to allow for the operation of two new casinos in separate counties outside of Atlantic City.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will hold a health fair, with lead testing, at Park Avenue Elementary School on Saturday, May 7th from 12-2 PM.
Beck will be joined by the following health service providers offering free lead testing, prevention services and blood pressure screenings: Monmouth Medical Center, CentraState Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Freehold Health Department, Paul M. McGuire Family Health Center, Freehold Municipal Alliance to End Substance Abuse and the Monmouth County Health Department.
Analysis Shows NJ Transit Riders Pay Highest Fares in Nation
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new report showing that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation should prompt the rail agency to stand firm to a pair of rail worker unions that just voted to reject a new contract.
The fare analysis, conducted by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, compared the fares charged by the nation’s largest rail systems.
“It’s not surprising that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation,” said Beck. “After being hit with a 9 percent fare increase last October, commuters who depend on NJ Transit to get to work are at a breaking point.”
In the wake of recent news reports of FEMA contractors intentionally short-changing Superstorm Sandy victims on their claims, and making sure that claim reviews produced artificially low numbers, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) called for the swift passage of her legislation, “The Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act.”
“The FEMA claims process has not been easy to navigate nor has it produced fair outcomes for the many homeowners and residents in my district that were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy. I have written to members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation on this very issue and I am pleased that Congressman MacArthur has called for a congressional hearing on reports of possible fraud in the claims review process,” said Beck.
Beck & O’Scanlon Join Seven Underfunded School Districts in Call for Fair Funding at Assembly Budget Committee Hearing
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at the Assembly Budget Committee’s Department of Education hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools.
“This issue is larger than just Red Bank and Freehold Borough,” Beck said. “We have 143 school districts that are more than ten percent below the state adequacy standard and most have seen enrollment growth, while 215 school districts are more than ten percent above the standard the majority of which have seen enrollment loss.”
“The number of superintendents, school board members, and parents here today underscores the unfairness our current school funding formula,” Beck added. “When you have school districts that have lost enrollment continuing to receive more state aid than our districts with triple-digit enrollment growth, that is a problem that the DOE and Legislature must work to resolve.”