Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

DePhillips and Dunn want to shake up State Health Benefits Commission makeup

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn are proposing to overhaul the makeup of the State Health Benefits Commission following the board’s vote approving health premium rate increases that disproportionately impact local governments and taxpayers. The State Health Benefits Commission on Wednesday approved rate hikes for...

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Committee passes Dunn bill protecting long-term care residents from neglect and isolation

TRENTON, N.J. – A late Mendham nursing home resident who suffered from lockdowns and misguided policies during the Covid-19 pandemic inspired a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Aging and Senior Services Committee Thursday. The bill (A4657), drafted in memory of 99-year-old Sally Griscavage Florek,...

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Dunn to legislate timely budget resolution publication

TRENTON, N.J. – Three weeks after the enactment of the FY2023 budget, requests for changes to the appropriations bill made by lawmakers and the executive branch have still not been made public. Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, a member of the Assembly budget committee, proposes to put an end to the...

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Dunn sounds alarm over severe shortage of child mental health professionals, asks Dems to support bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn says New Jersey is woefully unprepared to address the mental health crisis facing children and is calling on Democrats to support her bill to increase the number of counselors for children and teens. “The money set aside in the state budget to train...

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Republicans test Dems’ commitment to affordability by calling for bigger, permanent and immediate tax breaks

TRENTON, N.J. – Did Democrats really heed the call for a more affordable New Jersey after the November election? It seems unlikely as Democrats rebuffed Assembly Republican attempts on Wednesday to provide immediate, expansive and permanent tax relief for struggling families in the state’s massive $50.6 billion budget. “I...

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Assembly Republicans oppose Democrats’ massive $50.6 billion state spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s massive $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget represents missed opportunities for real tax reform and relief, backroom deals, big government spending, and one-time gimmicks say Republicans before casting their no votes from the Assembly floor on Wednesday. Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio: WATCH: GOP...

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Dems’ opaqueness made clear when GOP moves amendments in Assembly Budget Committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Despite Democrats in the Assembly Budget Committee on Monday moving legislation without publicly available text, they voted down Republican amendments to two bills because at least one member objected to a so-called lack of transparency. As per protocol, Republicans distributed amendments to the school supplies sales...

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Shocking 4 out of 10 inmates early released by Murphy previously denied parole

TRENTON, N.J. – More than 40% of inmates released under the landmark law Gov. Phil Murphy signed in October 2020, allowing inmates to be let out up to eight months early during public health emergencies, were denied parole, according to documents received by Republicans on the Assembly budget committee...

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GOP lawmakers grill treasurer, state finance officers on taxes, spending and surplus in Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Monday, Republican members grilled N.J. state Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio and the Office of Legislative Services on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $49 billion spending plan. From one-shot revenues to fee holidays, Assembly Republican budget officer Hal Wirths, Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz...

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Now law: Food banks get 6-month extension to phase out plastic bags, exemption from paper bag ban

TRENTON, N.J. – In less than five weeks, New Jersey’s strictest-in-the-nation single-use bag ban goes into effect. However, under Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill that was signed into law on Friday, food banks will be granted a six-month plastic bag extension and an exemption from the portion of the law...

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