Urges Passage of Her Legislation, S-534
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs conducted a sting operation that resulted in citations being given to 21 unlicensed moving companies.
“Unlicensed moving companies pose a consumer fraud risk to the general public, who often times have no idea that their moving company may be unlicensed and in some cases, uninsured,” said Beck.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following after she and her Senate Republican colleagues voted against the Democrats’ constitutional amendment, SCR-184, which would lock in billions of extra tax dollars to fund public pensions on a quarterly basis before the state collects the money to even attempt those payments:
“The plain-English translation of this misleading constitutional amendment, SCR-184, and associated ballot question is: massive tax hike, with borrowing.
“SCR-184 will spend all, if not the vast majority, of future state revenues on pensions, crippling the state’s ability to fund critical public services, such as public safety, education, transportation, health care and natural disaster recovery. This poorly constructed public policy does a huge disservice to New Jerseyans, including public pensioners, and it will force tax hikes.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after the failure to reach agreement for an constitutional amendment on gaming expansion:
“I am deeply disappointed that Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Mayor Fulop from Jersey City have repeatedly constructed roadblocks to the Senate’s gaming expansion constitutional amendment. Speaker Prieto needs to come back to the table and enact a proposal that will provide needed revenue for New Jersey’s seniors and disabled residents. It should be noted that the Senate’s constitutional amendment, providing millions in revenue for New Jersey would also provide some support for the $1 billion equine industry in the State of New Jersey which supports thousands of jobs and hundreds of acres in open space.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on December 14, 2015 to announce their opposition to a New Jersey gas tax increase.
Sen. Beck presented a plan to fund New Jersey’s roads and bridges without increasing gas taxes, and Sen. Doherty explained how his legislative effort to reduce our highest-in-the-nation highway costs should be part of the solution.
On behalf of New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers, Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference today and presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals.
“By tightening our belts during a long-term fiscal plan, we can finally give sorely needed relief, predictability and good news to overburdened New Jersey families, employers and prospective job creators,” Beck said. “After months of research with New Jersey’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, it is clear that state government can implement a seven-year financial plan that annually funds a $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund program with no Democrat gas tax hike, and annually funds the state’s growing public pension system obligation without Democrat income or sales tax hikes.”
Senator Doherty addressed fundamental issues with how existing money taxpayers have paid the state for transportation programs. Doherty sponsors S-2811 to ultimately lower costs for drivers and taxpayers via the “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.”
“It is repugnant for the state to demand more money from taxpayers for the Transportation Trust Fund, without first stopping all of the waste, abuse and lack of proper oversight that is clearly occurring with New Jersey road, bridge and other infrastructure projects,” Doherty said. “With alternatives to meet our transportation funding needs, including reducing our highest-in-the-nation highway costs, raising the gas tax should be the last option that the legislature considers. How can we justify asking more from drivers when it’s clear that the gas taxes they already pay aren’t spent wisely?”
The Assembly Commerce and Economic Growth Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating a business advisory council to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.
“The diverse council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” Beck said. “By involving representatives from across a spectrum of economic sectors the council will be able to help identify the needs of various kinds of businesses and detect different issues that impact the attraction and retention of employers.”
The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck to strengthen local government ethics and accountability, in part, by transferring oversight at the municipal and county levels to the State Ethics Commission.
“Each year, New Jersey municipalities and counties collectively control approximately $15 billion taxpayer dollars,” (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “They must be held to the highest and most efficient ethics and accountability standards. Without this legislation, fragmented ethics oversight, which subjects a variety of government officials to different standards, will continue to be a recipe for the violation of public trust.”
New Jersey Senate Republican plans to attract top innovators and spur the state’s burgeoning tech industries were put into action, as Senators Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge. The two-month virtual hackathon offered New Jersey’s coders, students, artists, thinkers, makers and entrepreneurs the chance to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. As part of this challenge, special consideration was given to apps that help military veterans and their families.
“Serving as a judge for the AT&T #NJAppChallenge was an awe-inspiring experience that reaffirmed my belief that our state has the potential to become a worldwide hub for innovation,” Senator Kean said. “My legislative caucus and I are working to ensure that these innovative developers, who have received a world-class education at schools such as NJIT and Rowan University, continue to live and grow in the state they call home. We are grateful to AT&T for organizing such an exciting and motivational event. With the help of public and private partnerships, burgeoning tech entrepreneurs can break new ground, creating jobs and opportunities for countless workers across New Jersey.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) discussed the recently enacted Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015 on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement in response to recent news reports surrounding the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s ongoing investigation of Matthew Clark, the Monmouth County Tax Administrator:
“In light of the fact the Prosecutor has an active and ongoing investigation into the Tax Administrator, steps must be taken to suspend him from his day-to-day duties until the Prosecutor’s investigation is complete. At present, our taxpayers have lost confidence in the Administrator and until he is either vindicated or indicted, Matthew Clark should step aside.”