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Prieto & Caride: 'Getting N.J. school funding right and helping control property taxes'Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairwoman Marlene Caride had the following published in The Star-Ledger:
"School funding is New Jersey's endless ordeal. No matter how many times this immense issue has been pushed toward a successful solution, it just rolls right back onto the taxpayers -- and our children.
"New Jersey has many issues to confront, but many of them revolve around school funding. Property taxes. Tax fairness. Real estate value. Our children's future.
"As the Assembly speaker and chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee, we recognize New Jersey's constitutional educational mandate, and our moral responsibility to our children demand that we provide opportunities and eliminate obstacles for all students, regardless of their circumstances.
"We also recognize New Jersey has not properly funded its schools. It's a longstanding problem that should have been resolved years ago, but remains festering due to economic struggles and political ideology..."
Speaker Prieto & Education Chair Caride Announce Plans for Public School Funding Reform CommitteePanel Will Recommend Realistic Way to Fairly Fund Public Schools & Control Property Taxes
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairwoman Marlene Caride on Monday announced they would introduce legislation to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Public School Funding Reform to recommend how to fairly fund New Jersey's public school districts.
"We recognize New Jersey's constitutional educational mandate and our moral responsibility to our children demand that we provide opportunities and eliminate obstacles for all students, regardless of their circumstances," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "We also recognize New Jersey has not properly funded its schools. It's a long-standing problem that should have been resolved years ago. The status quo is unacceptable, and this is a responsible way to fix it..."
Assembly Approves Giving Judiciary Committee Subpoena Power to Investigate NJ Transit
Asm. McKeon will Lead Assembly Investigation into NJT Safety & Financing Operations; Judiciary will Work with Senate Legislative Oversight CommitteeThe Assembly on Thursday voted 71-0 to launch an investigation into the safety and financial practices of NJ Transit, giving the Assembly Judiciary Committee subpoena power to conduct the inquiry.
The Judiciary panel will work on the inquiry with the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, starting with a 10 a.m. Friday hearing.
Singleton, Speaker Prieto, DeAngelo, Lagana & Houghtaling Bill to Require Debt Affordability Study in Annual Debt Report AdvancesMeasure Aimed at Reducing State Debt, Restoring Credit Rating
Legislation Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Lagana and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to help keep debt levels affordable in New Jersey and restore the state's credit rating gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.
"Reports about our mounting state debt are disconcerting, to say the least," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Fiscal responsibility can't be achieved blindly. We need a comprehensive and precise forecast on what we can and cannot afford in order to create more sound fiscal policies for the future."
Schaer & Prieto Bill to Help New Jersey Combat Spread of Zika Virus Gains Assembly ApprovalLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to help New Jersey ready itself against the encroaching Zika virus was approved unanimously by the full Assembly on Thursday.
"The CDC has warned that a Zika vaccine is likely several years away. Meanwhile, neighboring states like New York and Pennsylvania have already developed action plans," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "In June we saw the first baby born in New Jersey with Zika-related microcephaly, the results of which can have a devastating, lifelong impact on both a child and their family. The time to act is now before it's too late and we're left scrambling if the virus continues to spread northward."
Zwicker, Prieto, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt & Muoio Measure to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Planned Parenthood Clears General AssemblyResolution Reaffirms Women's Fundamental Right to Reproductive Health Care
Legislation Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Elizabeth Muoio sponsored to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood's founding gained approval Thursday in the General Assembly.
"We will not rest until access to health care is a reality for all people," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "We must build equity into a health care system that has left many communities behind. In the world we want, all people have full control of their own bodies and can determine their own destinies. Planned Parenthood is determined to fight for this vision, now and always."