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Prieto, Caride, Schaer & Eustace Bill to Boost Tax Savings & Economic Growth in the Meadowlands Region Approved by Assembly

Bill Consolidates N.J. Meadowlands Commission into N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority While Also Revising Tax Sharing System to Provide Savings to Residents and Businesses

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assemblyman Tim Eustace sponsored to boost property tax savings, economic growth and job creation in the Meadowlands region by consolidating two major state agencies and improving the tax sharing system used by 14 northern New Jersey municipalities was approved 42-24-2 Thursday by the Assembly.

"Residents and businesses in the Meadowlands have long sacrificed amid the ecological and environmental challenges facing the area, but times change and common sense reform is sorely needed to ensure the region's future success," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "This bill takes into account the modern needs of these communities in Bergen and Hudson counties, including tax relief, transportation improvements and economic growth, all while providing certainty and savings to local governments. It's the right reform at the right moment in time..."

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Prieto, Mazzeo, Pintor Marin, Quijano & Schaer Bill to Boost Urban Enterprise Zones to Create Jobs & Economic Development Approved by Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Vince Mazzeo, Eliana Pintor Marin, Annette Quijano and Gary Schaer sponsored to restore a portion of sales tax revenue to municipalities with Urban Enterprise Zones to spur urban economic development and create jobs was approved 46-19 Thursday by the Assembly.

"The Urban Enterprise Zone initiative is one of our state's most powerful economic drivers and this legislation would be a strong step toward once again revving the program up and helping our urban areas be more competitive," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who represents UEZ communities Guttenberg, Kearny, North Bergen and West New York. ""Our urban areas cannot succeed economically if we do not provide the proper investments into them, and the UEZ program is the single best way we can help these cities and their residents and businesses prosper..."

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Lampitt, Greenwald, Mazzeo, Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Unveil Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism

Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace unveiled a resolution (ACR-211) on Wednesday condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for the expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice.

"We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years. Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation." said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) "This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society..."

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Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Garcia & Tucker Legislative Package to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient, Speed Up Delivery of Benefits Approved by Assembly

SNAP is a federal food-aid program that helps low-income families put food on the table
A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits receive the benefits in a timely manner was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

"The number of people in New Jersey relying on SNAP has doubled in the last six years. And yet New Jersey ranks second to last in the country in meeting the federal requirement that SNAP applications be processed within 30 days," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), who is sponsoring all three measures. "Families that struggle to keep food on the table should not have to wait longer than what is required by federal law. These legislative proposals put systems in place to help ensure that low-income families in New Jersey who are eligible for these benefits receive them in a timely manner."

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Prieto, Caride & Schaer Bill to Boost Tax Savings & Economic Growth in the Meadowlands Region Advanced by Assembly Committee

Bill Consolidates N.J. Meadowlands Commission & N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority While Also Revising Tax Sharing System to Provide Savings to Residents and Businesses
Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride and Assemblyman Gary Schaer sponsored to boost property tax savings, economic growth and job creation in the Meadowlands region by consolidating two major state agencies and improving the tax sharing system used by 14 northern New Jersey municipalities was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3969) would consolidate the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

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Prieto, Mazzeo, Pintor Marin, Quijano & Schaer Bill to Boost Urban Enterprise Zones to Create Jobs & Economic Development Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Vince Mazzeo, Eliana Pintor Marin, Annette Quijano and Gary Schaer sponsored to restore a portion of sales tax revenue to municipalities with Urban Enterprise Zones to spur urban economic development and create jobs was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The Urban Enterprise Zone initiative is one of our state's most powerful economic drivers and this legislation would be a strong step toward once again revving the program up and helping our urban areas be more competitive," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who represents UEZ communities Guttenberg, Kearny, North Bergen and West New York. ""Our urban areas cannot succeed economically if we do not provide the proper investments into them, and the UEZ program is the single best way we can help these cities and their residents and businesses prosper..."

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Lampitt, Schaer, Mosquera, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Tax Relief to Those Caring for Elderly Relatives Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Daniel J. Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide a tax credit to those who take in and support an older family member was released on Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-1855), designated as the Caregiver's Assistance Act, provides a gross income tax credit to qualified caregivers, including resident taxpayers and resident individuals, who pay or incur qualified care expenses for the care and support of a qualifying senior family member residing with the caregiver at the caregiver's permanent place of abode in this state.

"Those who provide older loved ones with care and support meet a critical need of the state's aging population," said Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington). "There is no question that allowing seniors to remain in their own communities for longer periods of time can improve their overall quality of life and reduce the demand for long-term care services."

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Assembly Panel Advances Schaer & Singleton Bill to End Revenue Disputes, Create More Accurate Budget Forecasting Process

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Gary Schaer and Troy Singleton to end state revenue disputes and improve the budget forecasting process was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-3620) would establish a joint legislative and executive branch New Jersey Revenue Advisory Board in order to provide consensus revenue forecasting advice for state budget purposes.

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Assembly Panel Approves Schaer, Johnson, Prieto & Quijano Bill Granting “Dreamers” Access to State Financial Aid

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Annette Quijano to make higher education an attainable reality for undocumented students in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Under the bill (A-3617), a student who meets the requirements established under the "Tuition Equality Act" enacted last year is eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) or the Secretary of Higher Education.

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Mazzeo & Schaer Bill to Improve Investment Council Oversight Released by Assembly Panel

Amid questions surrounding the New Jersey State Investment Council, an Assembly committee on Thursday advanced legislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Gary Schaer sponsored that would better protect public worker pensions being overseen by outside managers.

"I don't want to see our investments be based in any way on political favors," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Investments should be made objectively and always be based on performance and merit. Sound financial reasoning must be the basis for any investment decision..."

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Singleton, Schaer & Lagana Bill Requiring Governor to Detail New Revenue Proposals Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer and Joseph Lagana requiring a clear and concise analysis of new revenue sources proposed by the governor was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Under the bill (A-3311), if the governor recommends, in his annual budget message, new or additional sources of revenue that each raise $1,000,000 or more in state funds, the revenue sources must be separately identified and the budget message must include a full and detailed fiscal analysis of these revenue sources.

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Schaer, Singleton, McKeon, Spencer, Benson & Lagana Autism Awareness Bills Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, John McKeon, Grace Spencer, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson and Joseph Lagana to compile Autism resources onto a website and allow residents to donate to Autism programs at tax time were released by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

New Jersey has the nation's highest reported rates of autism according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released earlier this year- one of out of every 48 children. The national rate is one in 68 children.

"Navigating autism resources and programs is a major challenge for families' dealing with this disability," said Schaer (D-Bergen, Passaic). "We can empower families by providing clear information on Autism resources and support programs available to them in New Jersey."

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