Beck Praises Department of Education Commissioner’s Decision to Fund Freehold Borough Schools Expansion
85% of Project Costs to Be Paid by State
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) announced that Commissioner of Education David Hespe has ruled that Freehold Borough may proceed with school construction, and the State of New Jersey will fund 85% of all project expenses after local referendums have twice failed. The Commissioner’s decision specifically cites that Freehold Borough’s students cannot receive a thorough and efficient education in their current conditions. For the 2016-2017 school year, the borough schools are 572 students over capacity.
“This is a historic day for Freehold Borough. The process of filing an official appeal to the Commissioner of Education is a long and in-depth process that is rarely employed because of the incredible amount of scrutiny and fact-finding that must occur. The facts in Freehold Borough speak for themselves. Over the last decade, their student population has grown dramatically while State funding has remained essentially flat. It is exceedingly rare for the legal challenge to result in the State of New Jersey paying 85% of the costs of a project,” said Beck.
The New Jersey Senate has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that enhances protections for victims of domestic violence.
The compromise proposal, S-2483, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“This common-sense compromise ensures that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “For a person subject to a temporary restraining order related to domestic violence, for example, it makes no sense to give them a week to turn in their firearms. You’re just giving them a week to do something bad. If the person is such a risk that the restraining order is necessary, the guns should be surrendered immediately.”
The Asbury Park Press published an editorial calling for the Legislature to adopt Senator Jennifer Beck’s legislation that would take away pensions from corrupt public officials.
Senate Democrats on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blocked an effort by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to phase out the estate tax, increase exemptions for retirement income, increase the EITC, create an income tax exemption for veterans, and create a deduction for gas taxes paid.
During the committee’s consideration of A-12/S-2411, Beck offered a committee substitute including those tax cuts, but without the $1.2 billion gas tax increase of the original legislation.
“New Jersey residents are outraged at the proposal to increase the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon,” said Beck. “They were outraged in June when this proposal was first brought up, and they’re outraged that we’re back here on a Friday in late July trying again. Leaders in Trenton should listen to what the people of New Jersey are saying.”
Senator Jennifer Beck was joined by Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton announcing that Renaissance Village, a 64 unit affordable housing project, would receive $7,870,000 from the third round of Community Development Block Grant funding. Additionally, the Boston Way Village complex, a 104 unit affordable housing project, will receive $12,348,745.
These are Sandy-related federal funds passed through the State of New Jersey under the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing. This funding will allow these projects to move forward, an important step in the larger Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Area, of which both developments are within.
“Without these funds, needed projects like this one would not be able to move forward,” said Beck. “I worked closely with the Administration, DCA and the Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton to make sure a portion of these federal dollars came to Monmouth County as we continue to rebuild post-Sandy. I believe this project will spark further redevelopment in the greater Springwood Avenue area by providing housing and mixed-use space that does not currently exist along the Springwood Avenue corridor.”
Beck Partners with Affordable Housing Alliance & Joseph Alpert Group to Save 99 Affordable Housing Units in Neptune Twp.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop and the Affordable Housing Alliance announced that Winding Ridge Apartments has qualified for Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Housing and Mortgage Financing Authority of New Jersey.
These tax credits will allow the seniors and families who currently live in Winding Ridge’s 99 affordable units to avoid eviction.
“This public-private partnership through Donna Blaze of the Affordable Housing Alliance and The Joseph Alpert Group literally saved 99 seniors and families from losing their homes. I am happy to have played a role in securing the tax credits necessary so that residents who have lived in Winding Ridge for over 15 years will be able to stay there. I applaud the hard work of the Affordable Housing alliance, in conjunction with The Joseph Alpert Group, to ensure that affordable housing options for Neptune residents will exist far into the future” said Senator Beck.
Beck: Democrats’ “New” 23 Cent/Gallon, $1.2 Billion Gas Tax Increase Plan Nearly Identical to Old, Failed Proposal
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new $1.2 billion gas tax plan announced by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker today is nearly identical to and just as bad for taxpayers as the original Senate plan that failed to advance last month.
“The tax plan announced by Democrats today would still raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, just as the last failed plan would have,” said Beck. “The cosmetic changes that the Senate President and Assembly Speaker have agreed to are just window dressing on the core $1.2 billion tax increase on drivers that remains largely unchanged from the previous version of the legislation.”
Beck has spearheaded the effort to oppose a gas tax, leading rallies attended by hundreds and an online petition that has been signed nearly 11,000 times.
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.
The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), and Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) were joined by anti-tax advocates today in releasing a statement reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. The General Assembly approved a 23-cent gas tax hike last evening, with a half-cent sales tax reduction starting January 1, 2017 and another half-cent reduction on January 1, 2018.
“I have heard the residents of New Jersey loud and clear and I remain steadfast in my opposition to a billion dollar, 23 cents per gallon increase in our gas tax,” said Senator Beck. “New Jersey residents see right through the fiscal shell game that is being played. Literally in three days, this Friday, July 1st, all 7 million New Jersey drivers will be faced with a billion dollar tax increase that will be imposed every time they take a trip to the beach, commute to work, or bring their kids to school. Without question, lowering the sales tax a penny over two years will not stop Democrats from raising it again as they have done before.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted in committee against legislation (S-2411) that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase.
“You can’t raise taxes to cut taxes. This will be devastating to our economy and back breaking to our residents. It will drive up the cost of virtually everything in our state.
“It’s undeniable that the gas tax is a regressive tax that hits low- and middle-income families the hardest. Those who already struggle with our state’s high tax burden can ill-afford to pay even more. Paying hundreds more at the pump isn’t even an option for many of the state’s nearly 7 million drivers, especially when we also have some of the highest tolls in the nation.