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Anthony M. Bucco Legislative District Office District 25 Update Serving Morris & Somerset Counties Volume
Anthony M. Bucco
Legislative District Office
District 25 Update
Serving Morris & Somerset Counties
Volume 5 Issue 1
Spring 2018

Making NJ Affordable: Tax Relief for the Middle Class

2018 Making NJ Affordable: Tax Relief for the Middle Class In a recent Asbury Park Press

In a recent Asbury Park Press Op-Ed, Assemblyman Bucco offered his solution to fix the state’s affordability crisis. His solution is a three part plan designed to tackle property taxes, education, and New Jersey’s struggling middle class. Only by hitting each of these key areas will it be possible to stop New Jerseyans from leaving the state for more affordable options.

The first phase starts with implement- ing a two percent interest arbitration cap to stabilize public labor costs and keep down property taxes. Additional- ly, imposing a cap on accumulated sick and vacation time for public employees

will provide taxpayer relief. Finally, the legislature will need to pass shared services legislation that will make it easier for municipalities to save mon- ey. After cutting down on the cost of government services, the second phase begins by implementing a pro- gram indexing personal income tax brackets to inflation so that residents don’t pay more than their fair share. Next, the legislature must implement legislation allowing residents to deduct the entire amount of their property tax from their state income tax ensuring that residents are not paying a penny more than they should.

The final phase, and by far the most difficult, is a re-evaluation of the state’s school funding formula. Our current formula continues to provide aid to districts where the funds are no longer needed while neglecting the ones that need it most. By fixing the formula we can begin to fix our broken system and ensure that every child gets the education that they deserve.

Of course none of these changes can be accomplished without sacrifice and compromise. We need to shelve partisan politics, roll up our sleeves and have the courage to get to work.”

Inside this issue:

“Cutting Trenton Red-Tape to Grow Volunteer Fire Ranks”

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“New Legislation to Help Veterans Secure Jobs”

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“The Lake Hopatcong Fund:

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Preserving New Jersey’s Lakes”

“Asm. Bucco Elevated to Assembly’s #2 GOP Leader”

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“Helping Our Local Constituents”

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“Asm. Bucco, NJ Legislative Delegation Visit Israel”

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More Information

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Delegation Visit Israel” 3 More Information 4 Manufacturing Leaders Award Assemblyman Bucco for Job

Manufacturing Leaders Award Assemblyman Bucco for Job Protection

Leaders Award Assemblyman Bucco for Job Protection Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco was named 2017 Outstanding New

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco was named 2017 Outstanding New Jersey Legislator by the NJ Food Council Committee for his strong support of the business community. He received the award at the group’s annual Good Government breakfast at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ.

It’s an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding organization as the New Jersey Food Council. The food industry plays a major role in creating jobs and driving our state’s economy. New Jersey is home to some of the world’s leading food

companies. In our district alone, the industry accounts for close to $500 million of economic activity and nearly 5,000 jobs. I’m fully committed to supporting policies to help it continue to grow in the years ahead.”

Food retailing and wholesaling jobs in Legislative District 25 provide great wages and benefits. These include jobs supplying goods and services in the industry as well as companies who sales depend on the economic activity of the industry.

Assemblyman Bucco has a strong voting record in favor of small

business, economic development and job creation. He is a vocal advocate for pro-growth policies, and has sponsored legislation that is critical to the food retail and distribution industry, such as legislation to repeal New Jersey’s estate tax. He understands and conveys to his colleagues in the Legislature our concerns with policy proposals that make it harder for our members to operate in NJ.

- Linda Doherty, President of the NJ Food Council

Assemblyman Bucco Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Assemblyman Bucco Spring 2018 Newsletter Page 2

Cutting Trenton Red-Tape to Grow Volunteer Fire Ranks

The state of New Jersey is full of residents who volunteer their time to better their communities and ensure the safety of their neighbors. None so much as the brave men and women serving as firefighters. With more than 700 registered fire departments located in the Garden State, and

registered fire departments located in the Garden State, and with a decreasing number of volunteers, local

with a decreasing number of volunteers, local fire departments are doing all that they can to continue running at maximum efficiency.

One factor playing a role in the lack of volunteer firefighters in New Jersey is the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). A current reading of the IRC does not allow public employees to retire from their full-time positions and continue to work as volunteer firefighters in the same municipality without losing their pensions. This leaves volunteer firefighters with a difficult decision:

leave their volunteer department without the necessary man power to thrive, or stay and suffer the loss of their well-earned pension.

Recently, Assemblyman Bucco and Assemblywoman Schepisi’s legislation allowing

these men and women to continue their selfless work as volunteers without losing their pensions passed the legislature. As a volunteer fireman for 38 years in Boonton, Assemblyman Bucco realizes the daily strain put on firefighters, and the difficult situation they are forced into during the retirement process.

“Volunteer first responders are critical to our communities. They protect lives and property twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week while providing millions of dollars of tax savings for residents. A volunteer who saves someone in cardiac arrest or runs into a burning building to rescue a neighbor shouldn’t have to risk losing their retirement income. It’s absurd. This bill gives them the financial protections they earned and deserve .”

New Legislation to Help Veterans Secure Jobs

As the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces return home from active duty their family members wait in anticipation. Moments like this bring to mind videos of service members walking into stadiums full of screaming crowds and teary-eyed reunions with loved ones. What most people forget, however is that a soldier’s battle does not simply end when they return from service. Many times soldiers struggle to re-integrate into the communities they once called home, and end up in dire circumstances.

One of the best ways to combat issues which soldiers may encounter in their transition back into civilian life is to provide them with better opportunities. Assemblyman Bucco and Assemblyman Space’s legislation which recently passed the legislature, helps service members compete for jobs as they conclude

their service careers. The legislation, A2162, allows service members who have fulfilled all prior requirements for police work and/or firefighting to maintain their status on an eligibility list while they are completing their military service. This means that when an eligible service member returns home from service they are already in the queue for a job. It is only fitting that we ensure that those who fight for our freedoms are given proper treatment when they return home.

Those who leave their homes, families and friends to serve their country often lose their place in line for jobs they have already qualified for. Through no fault of their own, they miss out on opportunities as lists expire while they are deployed. With this bill, they can return home and have their position on a current eligibility list without extensive delays and the hardship of re-testing.”

without extensive delays and the hardship of re- testing.” The Lake Hopatcong Fund: Preserving New Jersey’s

The Lake Hopatcong Fund: Preserving New Jersey’s Largest Lake

Lake Hopatcong Fund: Preserving New Jersey’s Largest Lake Above: Asm. Bucco at an event celebrating the

Above: Asm. Bucco at an event celebrating the passage of the Lake Hopatcong Fund

On January 16, 2018, Governor Christie signed into law a bill by Assemblyman Bucco guaranteeing $500,000 annually towards the protection and maintenance of Lake Hopatcong. Lake Hopatcong is New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake and an economic powerhouse generating millions of dollars of revenue from vacationers and recreational fisherman. Funding for the project comes from rededicated money from license fees required to operate boats in non-tidal waters.

“In recent years, boating and fishing on the lake have been threatened by years of persistent weed growth that has overwhelmed areas. This funding is crucial to ensure that people will be able to enjoy Lake Hopatcong

for many years to come.”

In addition to funding the clean-up and future preservation of the lake, the Lake Hopatcong Fund will also give more financial independence to the Lake Hopatcong Commission, which works to protect the lake and its residents from threats like drought and weed growth. In the past, the commission has had issues in getting funding from the state for time sensitive issues like weed harvesting. The guaranteed funding provided by this new law allows money to be put aside to ensure the safety of Lake Hopatcong wildlife and its inhabitants.

Assemblyman Bucco Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Assemblyman Bucco Spring 2018 Newsletter Page 3

Assemblyman Bucco Elevated to Assembly’s #2 GOP Leader

Assemblyman Bucco was elevated from the position of Republican Whip of the Republican Caucus to Conference Leader in July after former Assemblyman Dave Rible was named the Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The Conference Leader position is the second highest leadership position in the Republican Caucus.

It is a real honor for me, and a great thing for Morris County to have someone in a senior leadership position that will be able to potentially help with issues that not only impact the entire state, but Morris County.”

The Assemblyman has been praised by other Republicans in the Assembly for his leadership and influence. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll added, “Tony Bucco was not only next in line when Assemblyman Rible left, he was the logical choice, as he is a natural leader and an excellent spokesman for the Republican

natural leader and an excellent spokesman for the Republican agenda.” Assemblyman Bucco was recently re-selected by

agenda.” Assemblyman Bucco was recently re-selected by his colleagues and began a full

term as Republican Conference Leader for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

In 2015, a local constituent walked into the 25th Legislative District Office in Randolph asking for help with a problem that she was having with the Division of Motor Vehicles. The woman was unable to renew her driver’s license because of issues with her points of identification. She had no birth certificate, as the hospital which she had been born had burned down many years before, and she had no paper copy. To make matters worse, her husband had recently passed away and the DMV was unable to utilize her marriage certificate or her husband’s death certificate as points of identification.

Shortly after hearing of this problem, Assemblyman Bucco introduced legislation in an attempt to help this woman and the many others like her, however

Helping Our Local Constituents

it was stuck in committee until this year.

On March 26th the New Jersey Legislature passed the legislation introduced by Assemblyman Bucco allowing women who’s husbands are deceased the ability to revert back to their maiden name on their drivers license if they so choose. More specifically, A1389, allows for citizens to provide death certificates and marriage licenses as proof of identification or “points” at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

“Women shouldn’t have to go to court after the death of a husband to reclaim their maiden names. Widows must contend with paperwork, legalities and financial decisions at a time when they are grieving. The process to facilitate a simple name change should not add to the stress.”

a simple name change should not add to the stress.” Assemblyman Bucco, NJ Legislative Delegation Visit

Assemblyman Bucco, NJ Legislative Delegation Visit Israel

Assemblyman Bucco, NJ Legislative Delegation Visit Israel Above: Assemblyman Bucco Pauses for a Moment of Reflection

Above: Assemblyman Bucco Pauses for a Moment of Reflection at the Western Wall

In March, Assemblyman Bucco joined a small group of New Jersey legislators and their spouses on a mission trip to Israel sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Jewish Federations. While visiting the country the group met with a number of Israeli legislators, and took a trip to the Israeli Parliament where they were able to hear a speech by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and gain valuable insight from Israeli policymakers.

In addition to the multiple meetings and briefings, the New Jersey legislators took in the sights and sounds of the more popular destinations of Israel, such as the bustling streets Tel Aviv, the Western Wall and the fearfully beautiful cliffs of Masada National Park in Judea. In particular, their visit to the Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust

Remembrance Center in Jerusalem had a significant impact on Assemblyman Bucco, who mentioned that he came on the mission because as one of America’s closest allies he thought it was important to see Israel to learn about its history and its future.

“Israel is beautiful, the people here are wonderful, and I will encourage people of all faiths to visit here. When I was at the Western Wall, I had tears in my eyes. We are Christian, and in one day we put our hands on the Wall, walked the stations of the cross, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. It’s been an experience of a lifetime for me.”

The trip was not paid for with taxpayer funds.

About Anthony M. Bucco

Assembly Republican Conference Leader

Education: B.A. Lycoming College,

J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law Occupation: Municipal Attorney Recent Legislative Awards

2018

Champion of the Taxpayer from Americans for Prosperity

2017

New Jersey Outstanding Legislator Award, New Jersey Food Council

2016

Award for Conservative Excellence, The American Conservative Union

2016

Heroic Legislator Award, Alliance of Free Choice in Education

2016

Defender of the Taxpayer from Americans for Prosperity

2016

Legislator of the Year, New Jersey Conference of Mayors

2015

Columbian Foundation Humanitarian and Achievement Award

2014

Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Businesses

2014

NJ Small Business Development Center’s Business Advocate

2014

Taxpayer Hero from Americans for Prosperity

2010-2013 Defender of the Taxpayer from Americans for Prosperity 2012-2013 Defender of Liberty from The American Conservative Union Public Service:

from The American Conservative Union Public Service : Boonton Volunteer Fire Department, 38 years of service.

Boonton Volunteer Fire Department, 38 years of service. Morris County Crime Stoppers Commissioner, 1999 to Present. Founding Member and Past Chairman of Daytop New Jersey (adolescent drug and alcohol rehabilitation center). Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 1998 to 2009. Past President and Paul Harris Fellow, Boonton-Mountain Lakes Rotary Club. Member of Morris County 200 Club.

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