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.”
With legislators discussing reforms to New Jersey’s estate tax, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) suggested a compromise that would bring New Jersey’s estate tax exemption in line with other states.
“New Jersey’s current exemption of $675,000 is the lowest of any state with an estate tax,” said Beck. “We can make New Jersey more competitive by increasing our exemption to $2.5 million, about the average of other state’s exemptions.”
Over 60 Neptune Residents Attend Project Briefing
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) held a meeting on Tuesday night in conjunction with Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop to update Seaview Island residents about the status of the Shark River dredging project.
“This project has literally been 30 years in the making,” said Beck. “I will continue to work closely with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, and other stakeholders as we move forward with the next phase of the project.”
Over 50 Parents Seek Fair School Funding for ‘Under-Adequacy’ School Districts
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined by parents from the Freehold Borough and Red Bank school districts at Tuesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Department of Education’s budget.
Over fifty parents came to raise awareness and advocate for their local public school systems that are each funded at ‘under-adequacy’ levels according to the Department of Education’s own metrics. Freehold Borough is funded 35 percent below the adequacy threshold, while Red Bank is 30 percent below adequacy. Each of these districts have experienced rapid enrollment growth.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement after providing the only “no” vote in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on legislation allowing a State takeover of Atlantic City, S-1711:
“There are many reasons why I could not support this legislation, but there are two fundamental problems with the bill. Firstly, the State takeovers of Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Camden public schools have not yielded successful results or outcomes. I remain unconvinced that this legislation is needed to overhaul Atlantic City’s government. As Atlantic City Mayor Guardian alluded to today, the State already has broad powers to champion meaningful reforms for the city.
In Asbury Park, the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County hosted Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck as they promoted legislation that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey charities on the front lines serving millions of children and families.
This legislation, S-1932 introduced Monday, would establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to Garden State charities.
“A study released by Damooei Global Research found that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Clubs can generate 15 dollars of positive impact in the community, by way of improved safety and academic performance for children, as well as increased parental income,” said Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “I am greatly encouraged by any effort to make it easier for caring folks to invest in their own communities.”
S-1932 is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.
“The children and volunteers we met today are truly inspiring, and the extraordinary efforts of BGCM for local families are something Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “In every corner of New Jersey, charities are struggling to obtain enough funding to serve their missions supporting children, families, seniors, people with disabilities, those with special needs and the most-vulnerable.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following after voting against job-killing Democrat legislation, S-799, during today’s Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing:
“This legislation would reduce opportunities for the people of New Jersey by reversing our continued private-sector job growth, reducing sorely needed resources for charities and increasing costs on consumers.
“It overreaches by mandating paid sick leave for businesses with one, two and three employees, as well as nonprofits. It penalizes noncompliance, making employers immediately guilty of something illegal and forcing them to pay big to prove their innocence.
TOMORROW: Kean, Beck Visiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth to Highlight Programs & New Legislation
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jennifer Beck (Monmouth) are visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on Tuesday to highlight this organization’s amazing programs for children and to promote legislation introduced Monday that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey nonprofits.
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, 1201 Monroe Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.
Who: Senators Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck, hosted by BGCM Executive Director Douglas Eagles, organization staff, volunteers and member children.
Availability: Full, open.
Event Contacts: Jeremy Rosen and BGCM Communications Director Lisi Klus, email@example.com.
Senate Republicans Tom Kean, Jennifer Beck and Steven Oroho are introducing legislation on Monday to boost charitable giving to New Jersey nonprofits that are on the front lines serving millions of children and families.
This legislation will establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to charities operating in New Jersey. This new bill is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.
“New Jersey is blessed to be served by an array of charities supporting children, families and seniors in need,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “A host of nonprofit educational, cultural and civic organizations make our communities safer and stronger. As we have learned on many occasions, such as the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, charities are often the first to mobilize to help in times of crisis before government resources are available.”
“Nonprofit organizations work tirelessly for communities, help the state and local governments provide essential public services and create jobs and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages,” said Beck (Monmouth). “Yet it’s extremely difficult for nonprofits here to garner steady charitable giving from residents and small business owners, because, by most measures, New Jersey ranks dead last and second to last in the nation in overall tax burdens.”
SCR-1 Provides Support to Monmouth Farms, Freehold Raceway & Monmouth Park
Following this week’s Senate hearing on expanding gaming in Monmouth County and into North Jersey, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) urged swift passage of enabling constitutional amendment, SCR-1.
“Dozens of gaming entities have amassed just outside our borders in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, attracting New Jerseyans to spend on gaming, retail, lodging and restaurants in those states every single day,” Beck said. “SCR-1 is critical to getting our market share back. This bipartisan-supported legislation would provide opportunities for new private-sector jobs and revenues to support critical public services for the people of New Jersey. It would help support lowering taxes, programs for senior citizens and the disabled, open space preservation and the struggling horseracing farms and venues, including Freehold Raceway, Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands.”