Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

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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Legislature extends plastic, paper bag ban deadline for food banks

TRENTON, N.J. – Food banks and community pantries could continue using single-use plastic and paper bags for an additional six months under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Assembly and Senate on Thursday. New Jersey’s strictest-in-the-nation single-use bag ban goes into effect on May...

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No plan, no appointments put One-Stop Career Centers on path to familiar disaster, warns Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn slammed the Labor Department’s lack of clear plans to address the demand for in-person unemployment assistance when the services return to the dozen of One-Stop Career Centers around the state on March 28. “On Monday, March 28, there is going to a lot of...

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Committee moves Dunn bill allowing drivers to indicate autism, communication disorder on license

TRENTON, N.J. – Drivers with autism or another communication disorder could soon notate their diagnosis on a license or ID issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission. The bill (A2369), sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and advanced by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Thursday, aims to improve...

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School funding in budget isn’t enough, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn doesn’t want Gov. Phil Murphy to get away with underfunding schools and possibly putting federal funding in jeopardy. She says Murphy should fully fund schools, his constitutional duty, immediately. “We have a teacher shortage, skyrocketing bus contracts, and student mental health problems and...

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Assembly Republicans object to budget message extension

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans rejected Gov. Phil Murphy’s request to push the gubernatorial budget message to Tuesday, March 8 from Tuesday, Feb. 22, saying the move is politically motivated and unnecessarily delays an important process. The bill (A2063) extending the delivery of the statutorily-mandated message was passed in a...

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