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.
Senate Commerce Committee green lights scrap metal reform
(TRENTON) - Today the Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to update New Jersey’s scrap metal laws in an effort to deter rampant scrap theft plaguing the state.
“Widespread metal theft is devastating to our communities and harmful to both public and private properties,” said Senator Norcross. “Homes, churches, schools and businesses across the state have all suffered thousands of dollars in damages as a result of thieves looking for quick cash.”
Bill S2162 would require metal recycling businesses to maintain records of every transaction, and send all copies to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Deliveries must be made in a vehicle, and the license plate of the vehicle must be recorded.
“Our scrap businesses are working with their local police departments on a regular basis,” said Senator Norcross. “This bill will ensure that the scrap sellers are above-board, and make it easy to track down the ones that aren’t.”
Payment is to be made by non-transferrable check mailed to the person or business selling the scrap. Customers who wish to be paid in cash must file their photograph and thumbprint with the scrap metal business, which is also to be kept on file for five years.Read more >>
Assemblyman spends morning with HB Wilson 4th Graders
(CAMDEN) – Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) spent the morning as a teacher at the HB Wilson Elementary School in the Morgan Village section of Camden.
“It was great to meet the young men in Mr. Zahn’s 4th Grade class and to be a part of their learning experience today,” said Assemblyman Fuentes. “Mr. Zahn and Mr. Tapper work tirelessly every day to educate and help guide their students. They’re remarkable.”
Assemblyman Fuentes taught the students about his job responsibilities and how a bill becomes a law in New Jersey. He also read to them from Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle and gave the students their spelling words for the week.
“I had a great opportunity today to get a glimpse into the important work teachers do every day,” Assemblyman Fuentes added. “I appreciate the school for working with me to make this happen, and for the teachers who helped me prepare for the day.”
The Teach for a Day program was coordinated by Camden Education Association under the leadership of LaVerne Harvey, President of the organization.
(Trenton) – Senator Donald Norcross will chair a meeting of the Schools Construction Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Public Schools tomorrow morning to discuss the Schools Development Authority’s (SDA) continued failure to act on the growing list of emergent projects under the agency’s purview.
WHAT: SCHOOL FACILITIES AND CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE MEETING
DATE: MARCH 5, 2013
TIME: 11:00 AM
WHERE: NEW JERSEY STATEHOUSE ANNEX
COMMITTEE ROOM 16
125 WEST STATE STREET
TRENTON, NJ 08608
CONTACT: Alexis Degan