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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Introduces Legislation to Increase State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Tax Relief Plan Would Increase Value of Important Deduction by Up to 75%

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has introduced legislation increasing by 75% the maximum state income tax deduction for property taxes that can be claimed by homeowners and renters. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos Law’ Gains Final Senate Approval

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The New Jersey Senate on Thursday, October 5, concurred with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,’ bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect people with developmental disabilities, by improving accountability and transparency at group homes and care facilities.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law,” to protect people with developmental disabilities, gained final legislative approval on Oct. 5, 2017. It now heads back to Governor Christie’s desk to be signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the final step in a long journey to get lifesaving protections for people with disabilities signed into law.  Unfortunately, we are devastated that this came too late for Billy Cray, who lost his life in a group home less than two months ago,” Senator Jennifer Beck said. “Billy’s mother, Martha, was a tireless advocate for ‘Stephen Komninos Law.’ I am grateful to her, Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Gus Egizi, and all those who worked so hard with us over the years.”

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Beck to Introduce Legislation Increasing State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Says Proposed Elimination of Federal SALT Deduction Highlights Need for State Tax Reforms

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will introduce legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s new legislation will increase the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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Beck & Rice: We Support Class Action Suit Against ‘Renter Hell’ Property Owners

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) today pledged their unwavering support for tenants at Pueblo City, as they file a class action lawsuit against the owners of the Newark housing complex. Pueblo City was one of the properties visited by the senators and featured in the Asbury Park Press investigative series: “Renter Hell.”

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice pledged to support the tenants of Pueblo City in Newark, as they file a class action lawsuit against the owners of the housing complex. Beck and Rice sponsor legislation to hold negligent landlords accountable for dangerous and unsanitary rental housing conditions. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

The main plaintiff in the class action lawsuit is Yanira Cortes, a Pueblo City tenant who has been actively working alongside the senators as they fight to advance their “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights.” Other plaintiffs include Pueblo City residents who have lived in the complex within the last 6 years. The suit, which was filed on Sept. 22, 2017, claims “breach of warrant of habitability” and “consumer fraud.” The suit also requests that the building be put into receivership.

“Pueblo City was arguably one of the worst subsidized housing complexes we have seen,” Senator Beck said. “Families were living among rats and in cramped spaces with mold crawling up the walls. I commend Yanira and her fellow tenants for having the courage to file a class action suit. They deserve justice and a safe place to live, as do all tenants who are forced to live in such horrific conditions. We will continue to fight for our legislation, so that no one ever has to live through this hell again.”

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Beck Calls on Senate to Pass Permanent Interest Arbitration Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Says Sunset of Critical Property Tax Stabilization Tool Will Lead to Big Tax Increases

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that the New Jersey Senate must act to prevent the expiration of the state’s two-percent cap on interest arbitration awards to help municipalities control costs and prevent the recurrence of large annual property tax increases that were the norm before the cap was instituted.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on the New Jersey Senate to protect property taxpayers by preventing the expiration of the state’s two-percent cap on interest arbitration awards. (SenateNJ.com)

“We made significant progress in slowing the growth of property taxes in recent years through the passage of the two-percent property tax cap, health and benefits reforms, and a temporary cap on interest arbitration awards,” said Beck. “Unfortunately, the interest arbitration cap, a key component of those property tax stabilization efforts, is set to expire at the end of the year. If the Legislature fails to prevent the expiration of the interest arbitration cap, it’s likely that property taxes will begin to rise again at rates unseen since the McGreevey and Corzine eras.”

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Beck Warns Drivers of Potential Gas Tax Increase, New Tolls & Toll Road Sale

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Group Pushes for Reconsideration of Failed Corzine Toll Plans

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) warned today that drivers may soon face the triple threat of another gas tax hike, the addition of tolls on more New Jersey highways, and the resurrection of the failed Corzine plan to privatize the state’s toll roads.

Sen. Jennifer Beck at a roadside rally in Eatontown on June 21, 2016 to oppose a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

“Last year’s billion dollar gas tax increase may have been the first step in a long-term plan by some to massively increase costs on New Jersey drivers,” said Beck. “Left-leaning special interest groups want to add tolls to currently free highways and to resurrect the failed Corzine privatization plan that would have resulted in 800% toll hikes. I vehemently opposed the toll scheme when Governor Corzine first proposed it, and successfully mobilized residents to defeat that plan. I’m ready to do it again.”

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Beck Applauds Move Towards Banning Fracking in Delaware River Basin

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today applauded a Sept. 13th vote by the Delaware River Basin Commission to move forward with drafting rules and regulations for banning fracking in the basin. Beck has sponsored legislation establishing a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said she is pleased that the Delaware River Basin Commission is willing to consider a permanent ban on fracking in the basin. (Flickr)

“I have heard from many residents over the years who are very concerned about the safety and environmental consequences of fracking,” Senator Beck said. “The Delaware River Basin supplies water to millions of people, including many families right here in New Jersey. Allowing oil and gas drilling anywhere near this area is a risk we cannot afford to take.”

“As a staunch advocate for keeping our waterways clean and contaminant-free, I am pleased to see that the DRBC is willing to consider a permanent ban on fracking in the basin,” Beck continued. “It’s the right call and I hope that the commission will follow through and enact these protections as soon as possible.”

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Beck & Rice Say Pueblo City Inspection Shows Severity of Housing Problem

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) said that a recent failing inspection score for Pueblo City in Newark shows the severity of the unsafe and unsanitary conditions that tenants are forced to live in at some rental housing complexes in New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Pueblo City resident Yanira Cortes during a tour of rental housing complexes in Asbury Park and Newark with Sen. Ronald Rice on July 11, 2017. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

The Senators learned that Pueblo City scored 10 out of 100 on a recent Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection of the complex by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Beck Commends AG’s Sandy Fraud Lawsuits Against Egregious, Predatory Contractors

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Says there is still more work to be done

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) commended New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs for taking legal action against two contractors accused of fraud against Sandy-impacted homeowners.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” has awaited action by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee since June 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“I applaud Attorney General Porrino and his team for taking legal action against two more fraudulent Sandy contractors. I have met with the Attorney General and Director of Consumer Affairs as well as Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Chuck Richman several times regarding CRA and TMB Services,” Beck said. “These predatory contractors must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed against vulnerable homeowners looking to get their lives back.”

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Beck Hosts 11th Annual Dinner Honoring Rape Crisis Advocates

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Senator Jennifer Beck, a former rape crisis advocate and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault hosted her 11th Annual Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Appreciation Dinner on August 23, 2017, to honor the advocates who serve at 180 Turning Lives Around.

Sen. Jennifer Beck on Aug. 23 hosted her 11th Annual Dinner honoring rape crisis advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around, a Hazlet, N.J. nonprofit that has served more than 600,000 survivors and their families over the last 37 years. (SenateNJ.com)

“These advocates are some of the most selfless, compassionate and courageous people you will ever meet. After all these years, I am still in awe of their unwavering commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,” Senator Beck said. “Counseling survivors is incredibly heartbreaking work. It’s a job very few people are able to do. I am so grateful that those struggling with trauma in Monmouth County have somewhere to turn. 180 Turning Lives Around is truly a beacon of hope in our community. I will continue to do everything I can to show my support.”

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