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10th District Legislators Propose Remedy for Annual School Funding Cuts

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Set to Introduce Legislation Sparing Hard-Hit School Districts from Aid Reductions

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have drafted legislation that would shield school districts that are spending below adequacy levels from additional reductions in State school aid.

Sen. Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are calling on Gov. Murphy to utilize their plan to protect school districts from severe state funding cuts. (SenateNJ)

“The urgent need for this measure is magnified by devastating aid numbers released by the Department of Education,” said Holzapfel. “While the State budget is expanding by 5 percent to $40.85 billion, taxpayers in our Shore towns are being told they have to pick up the slack for more than 8 percent in funding cuts. Our legislation offers an antidote to this unfair treatment under the school funding formula.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: “Consequences of Minimum Wage Hike Starting to Impact Shore Towns

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District 10 Lawmakers Sound Off on Beach Badge Increases to Offset Rising Wages

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) sounded off on the minimum wage increase and the detrimental impact its beginning to have on towns at the Jersey Shore. Over time wages will increase to $15 an hour and the legislators have long foreseen how towns at the Jersey Shore and seasonal businesses would take the first hit. As a result, Lavallette voted to raise beach badge fees for daily, weekly and seasonal badges to meet or exceed the minimum wage requirements.

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano sounded off on the minimum wage increase and the detrimental impact its beginning to have on towns at the Jersey Shore. (WikiMediaCommons)

“We have always opposed the minimum wage hike that Governor Murphy singed into law last year and now we are seeing the beginning of a long ripple effect that will impact our shore economy for years to come,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Lavallette is increasing their beach badge fees to offset these costs and attract more workers. We knew this was going to happen and it’s only a matter of time before small businesses increase costs and tourists start vacationing to other affordable destinations.”

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10th District Legislators Have Plan to Protect Aid for School Districts

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Urging Governor to Follow Sensible Steps to Prevent Devastating Education Funding Cuts

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are calling on Governor Phil Murphy to make some painless, common sense adjustments to his budget to alleviate the devastating funding cuts to many school districts.

Sen. Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging the Governor to adopt their plan to avoid devastating school funding cuts to almost 200 school districts. (Pixabay)

“Schools in our legislative district are losing almost $10 million, and almost 200 school districts across the state are seeing aid cut,” said Holzapfel. “This is a desperate situation that threatens the quality of education for students in Toms River and Brick and almost one/third of the State’s school districts. There has to be a permanent solution to the flaws in the funding formula, but right now we need an immediate solution, and the Governor has the power to make things right.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in School Funding

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have introduced legislation (A-452) to address ongoing transparency issues with the methods used to determine State school aid. The bill requires the Department of Education to release to the school district, the data and software program used to calculate aid.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano have introduced legislation to address ongoing transparency issues with the methods used by the NJ Department of Education to determine State school aid. (Flickr)

Schools in the 10th Legislative District have had their funding severely cut under Governor Murphy’s budgets, and attempts to have the Department of Education provide full transparency when determining Local Fair Share have been unsuccessful.

“We have repeatedly demanded full transparency from the Department of Education about their process for calculating our Local Fair Share,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s appalling that the DOE continues to keep secret their calculations of what they think our property taxpayers should pay. We are in a position now where legislation is needed in order to get the answers our school districts deserve.”

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10th District Legislators Say Governor’s State of State Gave NJ Residents More Reasons to Leave

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Cite Last Week’s IRS Report as Reason Things Must Change

The legislators of the 10th District, Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano responded to Governor Murphy’s State of the State address saying it lacked any solutions to improve affordability and simply gave residents more reasons to leave the state. In addition, a recent report released by the Internal Revenue Service finds that residents who have moved out of the state during 2017-2018 have cost New Jersey billions of tax dollars.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said Gov. Murphy’s State of the State address lacked any solutions to improve affordability and gave residents more reasons to leave New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy and his administration continue to make it unaffordable for our middle-class families,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “It’s been one hit after another with free college tuition for illegals, financial aid for prisoners and the cost of making New Jersey a sanctuary state. That, combined with gutting our school funding and no relief in sight for lowering property taxes, it’s no secret why residents are moving out of state. Continuing this trend of higher taxes and increase costs of living will only drive more residents out of this state.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe: Bill Providing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Has Serious Flaws

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District blasted the Senate Transportation Committee’s passage of legislation which would create a second tier of New Jersey driver’s licenses for those who have entered the country illegally.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe blasted the Senate Transportation Committee’s passage of legislation which would create a second tier of New Jersey driver’s licenses for those who have entered the country illegally. (NJMVC)

Due to a recent surgery, Senator Holzapfel was not in attendance at the Senate Transportation Committee meeting but stated he would vote against the bill when it is voted on by the full Senate.

“There are serious flaws with this legislation that could ultimately allow undocumented immigrants from other states to come into New Jersey and get a driver’s license,” said Senator Holzapfel. “The current system requires New Jersey residents to provide extensive paperwork in order to drive on our roads. Why are we accommodating people who are knowingly breaking the law? This bill is an outrage and a political statement by the Governor, who continues to put the interests of undocumented immigrants before those of the taxpaying residents of this state.”

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District 10 (2018)

10th District Legislators Support Toms River Student Rally Against School Funding Cuts in Trenton

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Students, teachers, administrators, and parents from the Toms River Regional School District were in attendance today to rally against the extreme cuts to school funding. 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe applaud the school districts and stand with them against any cuts to school funding.

Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (left) and Assemblyman-elect John Catalano (right), both R-Ocean, with Toms River Superintendent Dave Healy during a rally outside the office of Gov. Phil Murphy in Trenton on Dec. 10, 2019, to oppose extreme cuts to school funding. (Full Size)

“We have always been opposed to this disastrous plan and we hope that the voices of these students will be heard by all,” said Holzapfel. “Students from every Toms River school joined together to demonstrate that they will not roll over and allow their sports, music, and arts programs to be canceled. Relief is needed now for these schools and their students who are demanding action from the Governor.”

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District 10 (2018)

10th District Legislators Introduce Bill Lifting Veil of Secrecy from School Funding Process

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Also Oppose Effort by Democrats to Shift School Funding Burden to Property Taxpayers

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe have introduced a bill that would lift the veil from the State’s secretive methods of determining school aid allocations. The bill, A-6029, requires the Department of Education to release to school districts the data and software program used to calculate aid allocations.

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Wolfe have introduced a bill that would lift the veil from the State’s secretive methods of determining school aid allocations. (Pixabay)

“Suburban school districts around the state, including Brick and Toms River, have been hit extremely hard by the school funding reforms imposed by Democrats last year that are having a devastating impact on our classrooms,” said Holzapfel. “Those cuts are only going to get worse as the formula is phased in over the next few years. We’ve asked repeatedly to see how the Murphy Administration is making those aid calculations to no avail. Our legislation will force the State to be transparent with school districts about how aid allocations are determined and prevent abuses in the process.”

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District 10 (2018)

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Blast Effort by Democrats to Let Convicted Criminals Vote

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (all R-Ocean) blasted a Democratic legislative proposal that would allow convicted criminals who are on parole or probation to vote in elections.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe blasted a Democratic legislative proposal that would allow convicted criminals who are on parole or probation to vote in elections, saying it eventually will lead to prisoners voting in jail. (SenateNJ.com)

“By removing one of the important penalties associated with criminal convictions, Democrats would eliminate a significant deterrent to committing crime that could negatively impact public safety,” said Holzapfel, a former Ocean County Prosecutor. “People who have shown criminal disregard for our laws should not have a role in electing the people who write them.”

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District 10 (2018)

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Bill to Seek Transparency in School Funding

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe will introduce a bill to address the ongoing issues with the methods used to determine state school aid. The bill requires the Department of Education to release to the school district, the data and software program used to calculate aid. Schools in the 10th Legislative District have had their funding severely cut under Governor Murphy’s budget and attempts to have the Department of Education provide full transparency when determining Local Fair Share have been unsuccessful.

Schools in the 10th Legislative District have had their funding severely cut under Gov. Murphy’s budget. Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Wolfe will introduce a bill to require the Department of Education to release to the school district the data and formula used to calculate aid.

“We have repeatedly demanded full transparency from the Department of Education about their process for calculating our Local Fair Share,” said Holzapfel. “It’s appalling that the DOE continues to keep secret their calculations of what they think our property taxpayers should pay.  We are in a position now where legislation is needed to get the answers our school districts deserve.”

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