We were elected on a message of making New Jersey affordable again for everyone who lives and works in this state. We promised in our campaign to change the way business is done in Trenton, and we are working to make that a reality. Your mandate to us was government reform, and here are some of the areas we are working on:
- Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
- Cutting wasteful government spending.
- Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
- Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
- Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.
- Making local, county and state government more open, accessible and accountable to the public.
TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden, Gloucester) which would ensure that public work is done by qualified contractors has cleared the Senate Labor Committee.
“We want to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being given to responsible contractors who will act and work appropriately with the public’s money,” said Norcross. “This legislation will clarify that when you do work in New Jersey, you and your business must be of the highest character and live up to the best standards.”
The bill, S2253, would require that any contractor or subcontractor who contracts for public work pursuant to the “Public Works Contractor Registration Act” must demonstrate that it is a responsible bidder by complying with all of the requirements of section 5 of the Act.Read more >>
NJ TEAM Act to provide in-state tuition rates to veterans and active service members regardless of residency status
(TRENTON) – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today approved legislation by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) expanding veterans’ access to higher education. The New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJ TEAM) Act provides in-state tuition rates for veterans attending class at New Jersey’s state universities and colleges, regardless of residency.
“This nation’s veterans have earned the right to call every state home,” said Senator Norcross. “We ask a high price of our soldiers, and we should be ready to repay them as best we can. They deserve the world-class education New Jersey has to offer.”
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill only covers the highest in-state tuition rate for a state institution. If the veteran or soldier does not have residency in that state, it is up to them to subsidize the rest of their tuition, or wait to establish residency.
Twenty-six states have approved similar measures, with seven others considering them. House Resolution 357 – the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act which mandates in-state tuition rates throughout the country – was approved by the House of Representatives, and is awaiting consideration by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In New Jersey, Richard Stockton College has a program called VISTAS, which has offered in-state tuition rates to all veterans since 2009.Read more >>
Over 200 vehicles impounded in Camden City this year
(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) touted his vehicle impound measure, which was signed into law one year ago, as another tool in police departments’ fight against crime. The measure allows police to impound motor vehicles used in the transport of illegal guns or drugs, or in the commission of prostitution.
“Weapons trafficking, drug trade, and prostitution are not city problems, they’re regional ones,” said Senator Norcross. “Crimes of this nature are devastating to communities, but perpetrators often live far from where they carry out their crimes. We’re not interested in that sort of visitor to our city.”
Chief Scott Thomson of the Camden County Metro Division lauded the measure as a way to cut off the main source of revenue for Camden’s drug markets.
“Over the last year we have been fortunate to leverage the latest law enforcement tool to address the life blood of our open air drug markets, the suburban buyers,” Chief Scott Thomson said. “Having the power to impound their vehicles sends a strong message to anyone thinking of driving into the city to solicit drugs or prostitutes: be prepared to walk home! You will no longer degrade the quality of life of our residents with impunity.”Read more >>