Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF
Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Just a week before a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase will hit drivers at the pump, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.
“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) have officially introduced legislation to repeal the gas tax increase that will take effect on November 1.
The repeal legislation, S-2717, was introduced during the New Jersey Senate session on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
“Legislators who supported the gas tax increase see the momentum building behind our repeal effort, and they’re worried,” said Bateman. “They’re feeling the pressure and grumbling behind the scenes for us to stop. That’s a sign that our online petition effort is working and that our efforts on behalf of taxpayers to repeal the gas tax increase are not in vain.”
Nearly 15,000 people have signed the online petition to repeal the gas tax increase since it was launched just over a week ago.
The State would be required to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“The needs of our children are certainly not one-size-fits-all,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Mercer) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this legislation will ensure school nurses are prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”
Legislation Would Roll Back Recently Enacted 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Hike
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) will introduce legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Bateman, who opposed and voted against the gas tax increase, also announced the launch of a new online petition to give drivers and commuters impacted by the gas tax the opportunity to have their voices heard.
“While the Governor and the Democrat-led Legislature didn’t listen to the tens of thousands of New Jerseyans who spoke out against raising the gas tax, I listened and understand their concerns,” said Bateman. “The overtaxed people of New Jersey have demanded that we find another way to fund our transportation needs without taking more out of their pockets. This repeal effort is recognition that there are fiscally responsible alternatives to the gas tax.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) stated the following after voting against increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.
“This gas tax hike will have serious consequences,” Senator Bateman said. “Small businesses will be forced out of state, the price of goods will go up and many local jobs will disappear. Undoubtedly, it will be the families in our communities who pay the price for a poor decision made miles away in Trenton.
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) announced that he will vote “no” on increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase,” said Bateman. “I’ve heard from too many of my constituents that this would be unaffordable. We all want safe roads and bridges, but the cost has to be reasonable, which this proposal is not.”
Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.
“New Jersey couldn’t be the Garden State without the hard work our farmers put in each year to produce a plethora of fruits and vegetables to bring to markets throughout the country,” Senator Bateman said. “But all that hard work would be for nothing if they didn’t have the help of our pollinating bee population. If we aren’t careful with how we spray our pesticides, our agriculture industry could be in big trouble.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate.
“We saw earlier this year in Newark and other towns across the state just how pressing our lead problem is,” Senator Bateman said. “We have to come up with a way to test the water systems in our public buildings, and if they have lead contamination, we have to find a way remediate it.”
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The bill, A-1697/S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.
“The signing of this legislation represents recognition of the Far Hills Race Meeting’s long history of supporting charitable causes and its positive impact on the region,” said Kean. “Wagering will expand the ability of the event to support local healthcare services and help maintain the viability of New Jersey’s horse farms.”
Bateman & Ciattarelli Help Somerset County to Negotiate Funding Agreement with NJDOT to Restart Route 518 Bridge Project
Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) applauded the funding agreement reached by Somerset County and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that will allow work to resume on the Route 518 bridge project in Franklin and Rocky Hill that has been stalled since July.
Bateman and Ciattarelli worked with the Christie Administration to bring the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJDOT together to negotiate the agreement that will allow construction to recommence on the crossing over the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
“Jack and I know how important this project is to the safety and welfare of the region,” said Bateman. “It’s a critical crossing for emergency services, school buses and residents who can’t afford to detour miles out of the way. I’m glad that we were able to bring state and county officials together to hammer out the details that will help us to get this important bridge reopened.”