Kean: GOP wants bills posted for vote

TRENTON – A group of Republican senators has sent a letter to Senate President Steve Sweeney asking him to post for a vote several bills dealing with tax relief and other issues.

The Senate has a voting session scheduled for Oct. 4.

Among the numerous bills – which cover a wide variety of issues – are S1597, which would expand eligibility under the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit; S1694, which would permit counties to share tax administrators; S601, which would suspend pensions of public workers who resume public work and earn more than $15,000; and S480, which would prohibit a former elected official from being compensated for five years by a non-profit to which the official donated campaign funds.

Some of the bills have bipartisan support, Sen. Tom Kean’s letter points out. In addition, Kean’s letter states the bills would have minimal or no impact on the state budget.

“With a gubernatorial election looming and every seat in the Legislature up for grabs next year, it is likely that the electoral ‘Silly Season’ will grind Trenton to a standstill next year,” said Kean, (R-21), Westfield, in a release.

In response, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s office put the focus on employment.

“The Senate president’s main focus right now, with the state stuck at its highest unemployment rate in 35 years, is to get people back to work in New Jersey,” spokesman Chris Donnelly said.

“That being said, he is certainly willing to reach across the aisle regarding the Republicans’ list of legislative priorities, as he has done throughout his Senate presidency.”

Kean: GOP wants bills posted for vote