Archive for Tag: Serena DiMaso

DiMaso criticizes JCP&L request for rate increases ahead of BPU board meeting

TRENTON, N.J. – On Wednesday, the state Board of Public Utilities will consider a request from Jersey Central Power & Light to increase residential electric rates by 9 percent. “I’m very concerned about the message we are sending to ratepayers in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The call...

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Autism driver’s license designation bill advances

TRENTON, N.J. – A new bill to eliminate a potentially dangerous misunderstanding between law enforcement and people with autism was advanced by the Assembly Transportation Committee Thursday. Sponsored by Assemblywomen Serena DiMaso and Jean Stanfield, the bill would allow people living with autism or a communication disability to voluntarily...

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Murphy’s charade budget scorned by Assembly GOP during budget hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – The four Republican members of the Assembly Budget Committee took the Murphy administration to task for misrepresenting its actions and projections during a hearing Thursday with the Treasury Department. Assemblyman Hal Wirths, the Republican budget officer, illustrated how the administration is using borrowed funds to create...

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DiMaso says new $40B Murphy budget mortgages our children’s future

TRENTON, N.J. – Following Governor Murphy’s budget address this morning, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso criticized yet another inflated budget without substantial tax relief or long-term solutions. She advocated for more property tax relief and school funding. “Once again Governor Murphy has disappointed the taxpayers in our beautiful state,” said DiMaso...

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GOP lawmakers fume as Murphy administration absent (again) at hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – Five Republican lawmakers expressed frustration Wednesday after the Murphy administration did not testify during Assembly hearings examining the response of utility companies to massive power outages during Tropical Storm Isaias. “It’s unconscionable for any administration to refuse to answer questions from constituents who have reached out...

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DiMaso and Scharfenberger condemn ‘ridiculous’ new health insurance tax

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger condemned the passage of legislation Thursday that would assess a new tax on health insurance premiums:  “During these extremely difficult financial times, adding new taxes to families is unconscionable,” said DiMaso (R-Monmouth).  “The health industry is already losing money...

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Disastrous MVC reopening could have been avoided – and can still be fixed – with GOP sponsored solution

TRENTON, N.J. – The first day of reopening for New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission resulted in chaos all over the state. “We warned the MVC and the Murphy administration this was coming weeks ago, but they dismissed our suggestions out of hand,” said Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Bergen) who predicted...

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Heated debate preceded Assembly vote on Murphy’s 3-month spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – Democrats pushed a $7.7 billion three-month supplemental spending plan through the state legislature Monday over strong Republican opposition. “It really blows my mind that the other day those on the other side of the aisle were patting themselves on the back because they said we have...

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Republicans on budget: Taxpayers face cuts while paying for public employee raises

TRENTON, N.J. – Republicans on the Assembly budget committee voted against a $7.75 billion three-month budget that was made public only two hours before the vote.  They were dismayed that seniors and homeowners face cuts in tax relief and services while public unions still get raises. “There is a...

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