Archive for Tag: Covid

Bramnick urges Murphy to pay down debt, help unemployed with federal aid money

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is poised to receive $6.4 billion as part of the federal government’s recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is pushing the Murphy administration to make good on the promise to pay down some of the state’s debt,...

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Bramnick reacts after hearing testimony Friday on the pandemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Friday’s Senate and Assembly Republican hearing on the impact of Covid restrictions on businesses revealed there was no opportunity for the public to be heard before state government. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick plans to introduce a bill requiring the governor to hold public hearings during...

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Committee releases Dancer bill extending time to collect horse race winnings

TRENTON, N.J. – Acknowledging the impact of Covid-19 on horse racing tracks, the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee today released Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill extending the time to cash in winning parimutuel tickets to a year, rather than six months. Parimutuel is the type of wagering done...

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Space’s bill allowing non-profits to conduct remote raffles and bingos advances

TRENTON, N.J. – Veterans groups, volunteer fire and rescue squads, churches and other charitable organizations could be permitted to conduct bingos and raffles remotely under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and advanced by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee today. “Our civic organizations and community...

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Assembly advances Dunn’s legislation moving driver’s license exams online

TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to address the massive backlog at New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and hours-long wait times, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn to make the written portion of the driver’s license exam available online during the Covid-19 public...

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Murphy’s bloated budget still underfunds schools, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget for shortchanging schools despite increasing spending by $4.5 billion this year and funding six new pet projects to the cost of more than $95 million. “The governor’s budget funds more free college and preschool when our kids aren’t...

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DeCroce says schools should skip standardized tests, focus on statewide plan to open schools

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Forcing school children to take standardized tests this year would be an unnecessary burden heaped on students, parents and teachers, says Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, a member of the Joint Committee on Public Schools. “I don’t know what of value would be gained by forcing students to...

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DeCroce, DiMaso and Simonsen underscore urgency to get kids back in classrooms as critical questions remain unanswered

TRENTON, N.J. – Today’s Joint Committee on the Public Schools remote meeting highlighted the importance of getting teachers and children back in the classroom for full in-person learning, said the committee’s Assembly Republican members. Legislators, state officials, education advocates, and concerned parents discussed how New Jersey can successfully reopen...

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Let parents watch their kids play, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn is urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reconsider restrictions on spectators at indoor sports venues following Wednesday’s announcement of increased capacity and dining hours for restaurants and certain businesses. “If casinos and entertainment venues can increase capacity, then parents should be permitted to watch...

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Rescinding business restrictions does little to help a struggling industry, says DiMaso

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he was easing restrictions on restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms, allowing them to operate past 10 p.m. and increase capacity limits by 10 percent starting Friday. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso welcomed the news, but was critical of Murphy’s executive orders that...

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