Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.
The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.
“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”
Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.
Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.
When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.
Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths
Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.
“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”
In an effort to help victims of domestic violence, Senator Diane Allen’s legislation that would add cyber-harassment to New Jersey’s domestic violence statutes was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We need to provide greater protections to victims and make sure they aren’t subjected to even more abuse,” Allen said. “Cyber-harassment is a new form of domestic violence, subjecting victims to immense emotional pain and fear. This bill would extend New Jersey’s already strong domestic violence laws to ensure people aren’t victimized online or via social media, where they can be more easily and frequently targeted.”
Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) legislation to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Under the legislation, S-631, an 18-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council comprised of state and private transportation officials would be created and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of pedestrian and bicycle safety-related issues in the Garden State.
“We need to understand why pedestrians in New Jersey are involved in higher rates of fatal accidents than elsewhere in the country, including along Rt. 130 in Burlington County which is perhaps the most dangerous stretch of road in the state,” said Allen. “The advisory council would review and recommend feasible infrastructure, design and traffic law changes that could be implemented to make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen stated the following about Senate Democrats trying to change the identity and record of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia:
“Senate Democrat politicians, no matter how much they yell or push, cannot change the identity of Supreme Court Justice LaVecchia — a strong independent woman with an exemplary record of public service.
“Democrat politicians do not know better than Justice LaVecchia who she is and in what she personally believes, which her record proves has had no negative bearing on her performance interpreting and upholding New Jersey’s laws and constitution.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement reiterating her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s latest closure attempt and to enhance its economic and operational vitality.
“I have whiplash considering that just a year after visiting McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, looking the many dedicated service members in the eye and thanking them for putting their lives on the line, President Obama has resurrected a proposal that could close this joint base and put our state and military families at risk,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs. “We simply can’t allow this to happen. This President can’t be allowed to continue weakening our military and hurting our economy.”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) establishing the Office of the Special Education Ombudsman within the state Department of Education in an effort to offer valuable resources and support for parents with children in the special education system.
“For many parents, navigating our state’s complex special education system can be an overwhelming and burdensome process,” Senator Allen said. “Having this office at the state level will be a tremendous asset for parents who are struggling to clear roadblocks and understand the rights and services their children are entitled to receive.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to utilize existing state workforce development resources to educate and train laid-off casino workers for new careers was adopted by the New Jersey Senate. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for final approval.
“Today my colleagues in the Senate and I embraced a golden opportunity to revitalize Atlantic City’s economy by empowering thousands of former casino workers to pursue new and exciting job opportunities,” Senator Allen said. “This program will help those who are still struggling to find work develop and expand the diverse set of skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market. By passing this legislation, we are helping countless individuals forge a new pathway to a successful and fulfilling career.”
Panel Also Adopts Allen Bill to Raise Annual Allowance Paid to Soldiers & Veterans with Certain Service-Connected Disabilities
The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to enhance the economic vitality and sustainability of the state’s military bases.
The first of the bills, S-3265, would establish the position of the Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman as recommended by the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. The position is designed to spearhead the state’s efforts to enhance the economic vitality of its military installations in preparation for potential federal budget cuts or a future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
“Permanently establishing this position will make sure there is an ongoing push to not only protect the state’s military installations from closure but to also increase the economic impact they have on local communities and the state as a whole,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs. “Having a defined point person within the Department of State will allow for enhanced coordination and focus as we continue to work to protect and strengthening Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other installations across the state.”