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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Democrats Pass Unrealistic Budget, Threatening Future Prosperity

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:

“Governor Christie has been a welcome change for New Jersey residents who suffered through the past eight years under Democrat Governors who increased spending by $11 billion, pushed through 115 tax increases and doubled state debt making New Jersey more and more unaffordable for middle class families.

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Bateman Applauds Governor’s Realistic Energy Master Plan

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (Somerset/Morris), a member of the Senate Environment Committee, issued the following statement today after Governor Chris Christie revealed the state’s 2011 draft Energy Master Plan:

“The Governor’s plan lays a strong foundation to expand on our state’s energy independence while protecting the environment and growing the economy. By putting a bigger emphasis on cleaner technologies and green jobs, the plan put forth will permit New Jersey to reduce its energy consumption, and at the same time lower our emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Bateman Statement on the Confirmation Hearing for Anne Patterson

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Anne Patterson, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“Anne Patterson is more than qualified to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state and is highly respected by her peers in the legal community.

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Opinion: Court Funding Decision a Supreme Failure

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) appeared in the Courier News on May 31, 2011:

In New Jersey’s 31 poorest school districts, the so-called “Abbott” districts, New Jersey spends more per pupil than anywhere in the state and almost anywhere in America- $4 billion in total for less than 25% of the state’s student population.

It all started thirty years ago, when the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that increased funding for poor districts be used as a remedy for poor graduation rates and student outcomes among disadvantaged kids.

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Bateman: Court Decision Ignores Suburban Students and Taxpayers

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million must be spent on chronically failing urban school districts:

“We need to wrest control of education funding from the courts, which have continuously decided the only way to lift up our needy children is to pump vast sums of money into urban districts with little or no accountability for results. This process diverts resources from equally deserving students in other districts, as well as overburdens state taxpayers.

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Bateman: “Senate Democrats Continue to Defend the Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

With the Senate scheduled to consider an agenda on April 28th, 2011 that excludes the elimination of sick leave payouts to public employees, Senator Kip Bateman (R- Somerset) said Majority Democrats are defending waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars:

“By failing to schedule a vote on the elimination of jackpot sick leave payouts for public employees, the Majority continues to defend the indefensible,” said Senator Bateman. “It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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Bateman: Early Release Program is Threat to Public Safety

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Calls For An Immediate Senate Vote On Repeal Measure

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris), a member of both the Senate’s Judiciary and Law and Public Safety committees, has endorsed legislation ending New Jersey’s early release program which makes some prisoners who have passed their parole date and have less than six months on their sentences eligible to be released and called for a floor vote on legislation repealing the law at the next Senate Voting Session on April 28th.

Governor Corzine signed the law allowing early release in the final hours of his term as Governor.

“I voted against this law last year and I support its immediate repeal today. The program does crippling damage in the public’s faith that government is doing all it can to protect them from violent offenders,” Bateman stated.

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Bateman Applauds Funding of Local Transportation Projects

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) voiced his support today for the $14 million worth of local transportation projects in the 16th district announced by the Department of Transportation.

“Fixing and upgrading our infrastructure is a public necessity for our region and an overall benefit for the state, ” Bateman said. “These investments will make our roads, highways and bridges safer for families, generate businesses activity for local merchants and create hundreds of needed jobs during construction. I applaud the Governor for recognizing that these projects are a priority and for allocating adequate funding.”

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Bateman: State House Rally of Police and Firefighters Is “Wake-Up Call” for Civil Service Reform

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In response to a recent rally by police and firefighters outside the New Jersey State House in Trenton, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) renewed his push for civil service reforms that will produce the savings needed to keep those vital public servants at their jobs.

“The rally should be a wake-up call to Democrats to stop stonewalling and pass comprehensive civil service reform,” stated Bateman. “In these tough economic times, towns and cities throughout New Jersey are struggling with the inflexibility of the current civil service bureaucracy that makes it impossible to cut costs and balance budgets without laying off employees, including police and firefighters. Civil service reform is not a cure-all, but it certainly would help towns lower their costs and allow many of these men and women to continue serving their communities.”

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Bateman Bill Would Help Seniors Renew Their Driver’s License

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A bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) that would allow seniors to establish his or her identity for the purpose of renewing a driver’s license by affidavit rather than by producing a birth certificate was unanimously passed by the Senate Transportation Committee today.

“When renewing their drivers license, the primary document required by the Motor Vehicle Commission places a hardship on many senior citizens who have trouble finding their birth certificates, ” Bateman stated. “This legislation gives seniors more options to verify their identity and legally renew their driver’s licenses.”

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