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.
Hails funds as boon for districts looking to update their infrastructure
(AUDUBON) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) has announced $10,209,117 in state funds to support individual school construction projects throughout the Fifth Legislative District. As Chairman of the School Facilities Construction Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Public Schools, Senator Norcross hails the influx of resources as much-needed for the region’s schools.
“The funding provided today enables our school districts to address vital repair projects in their buildings,” said Senator Norcross. “Area schools are consistently finding creative ways to do more with less. This support allows them to make sure students have safe, healthy environments for learning.”
Regular Operating Districts (RODs) are eligible for grants up to 40% toward the cost of a project. All school districts in the state that submitted for Level 1 funding received it to address critical building upgrades, roof and window repairs code issues, ADA upgrades and hazardous materials abatement projects.
The chart below details the breakdown of funds throughout the Fifth District:Read more >>
NJ TEAM Act to provide in-state tuition rates to veterans and active service members regardless of residency status
(TRENTON) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) is introducing legislation that will expand veterans’ access to higher education. The New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJ TEAM) Act provides in-state tuition rates for veterans at New Jersey’s state universities and colleges, regardless of residency.
“A soldier’s bravery is not limited by state borders, and their education shouldn’t be either,” said Senator Norcross. “I am supportive of offering in-state tuition to all New Jersey residents. I want to extend that courtesy to those who have fought on behalf of our state, no matter where they live.”
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.
“It is my belief that in-state tuition should be made available to all military personnel, regardless of where they reside,” said Reverend Floyd White, Director of Camden County Veterans Affairs and an active Reservist. “They have served their country without limitations and so limitations should not be placed on their education.”Read more >>
Measure to ensure uniform cab rates in municipalities with more than 12,000 residents approved by Assembly panel
(TRENTON) – Legislation by Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) that establishes a system for regulating taxicab fares has been approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee today. Assemblyman Wilson cited his home town of Camden, where taxicabs are unregulated. As a result, fares can differ wildly.
“Taking a cab shouldn’t be a roll of the dice,” said Assemblyman Wilson. “Passengers should be able to know what their fare will be before they get in the cab, not once they arrive at their destination.”
All taxicabs originating from the municipality and traveling to a point inside or outside the state will be regulated by this system. The bill requires that meters should be installed in the cabs, and that fares are just, reasonable and uniform. Municipalities classified as first- or second-class cities with a population of 12,000 or more.
“Taxis can be a reliable transportation system, but not if you don’t know whether or not you’ll be able to afford the trip,” Assemblyman Wilson added.
The bill has been approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee and will now be considered by the General Assembly.