Kean, Allen: “Democrat Cuts to DCF, Abused Children, Substance Abuse Programs, are the Height of Hypocrisy”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen expressed outrage that spending adjustments made by Democratic leadership to assure passage of their FY 2013 budget were paid for with reductions to safety net programs for at-risk children and adults.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Democratic Majority’s budget takes millions of dollars from programs for children who have been abused or are struggling with emotional disorders, substance abuse treatment for adults, and welfare to work, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
Recalling the flooding, power outages, and property damage in Burlington County resulting from Hurricane Irene, Senator Diane Allen welcomed the award of emergency equipment necessary to establish a mobile emergency command post by the Riverfront Community Response Team (CERT).
The Riverfront CERT serves the communities of Burlington City, Burlington Township, and Florence. Equipment, provided buy the NJ Office of Emergency Management (OEM), includes a trailer, generator, flood lights, medical equipment, shovels, crowbars, and other necessary tools for responding to severe weather events.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) released the following statement on the Senate Democrats’ failure to include a sensible tax cut in their FY 2013 budget proposal:
Being from a district that borders Pennsylvania, a state with a far lower tax rate than New Jersey’s, I’ve known and spoken with countless people who have moved their families and businesses across the Delaware River due to our crushing tax burden.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) issued the following statement lauding action taken by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to keep Burlington Coat Factory from moving to Pennsylvania and, instead, choosing to occupy a new facility in Florence Township.
Burlington Coat Factory has been awarded $40 million in tax incentives through the Grow New Jersey assistance program. The incentive will preserve 626 existing jobs and create an expected 120 new employment opportunities.
Legislation that would mandate a sentence of 25 year to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
The bill, dubbed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” in memory of the Florida nine-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2005 by a previously convicted sex offender, is sponsored by Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean, Jr., and Steve Oroho.
Tune in to tonight’s episode of 20/20 on ABC at 10 PM for a story about teacher meltdowns in the classroom, including shocking incidents of teachers bullying students caught on tape.
The segment will highlight legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen that would speed the disciplinary process for teachers and other school officials found to have engaged in bullying, intimidation, or harassment of students.
Allen Lauds Addition of Judicial Seat to Burlington County; Praises Nomination of former AG Paula Dow
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) welcomed today’s announcement by the Christie Administration that an additional Superior Court seat will be added in Burlington County to help relieve a longstanding docket backlog.
“The Burlington Vicinage of the Superior Court has for a long time had a caseload that warranted the addition of judges to the bench,” said Allen. “I am pleased that Governor Christie has taken action to help relieve this burden by moving a discretionary seat into the county. An extra judge will help ensure not only that justice is done for the people of Burlington County, but that it is done swiftly.”
In response to several recent incidents of physical and emotional intimidation of students at the hands of school staff both in New Jersey and across the country, Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is proposing legislation that will speed the disciplinary process for teachers and other school officials found to have engaged in bullying, intimidation, or harassment of students.
“My bill extends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act to bullying that is conducted by teachers and other school employees,” said Allen. “Thankfully, these incidents are rare. However, recent events in Cherry Hill and Camden illustrate that current law does not provide for adequately swift or severe punishment of school staff who engage in this behavior.”
Media Advisory: Allen to Unveil Legislation to Speed Dismissal of “Teacher Bullies” With Father of Victimized Student
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) will hold a press conference with Mr. Stuart Chaifetz to unveil legislation aimed at speeding the termination process for teachers caught bullying students. Mr. Chaifetz is the father of Akian Chaifetz, a student in the Cherry Hill school district who was verbally abused by school staff.
Who: Senator Diane Allen and Mr. Stuart Chaifetz
What: Press conference to unveil legislation to speed termination process for teachers caught bullying students.
Where: New Jersey State House, Room 103
When: Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at Noon
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) applauded the announcement by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that over $350,000 will be awarded to communities in the 7th legislative district for litter abatement programs.
The grants are part of New Jersey’s “Clean Communities Program.”
“In a time of tight budgets, local officials are forced to cut back on programs aimed at addressing quality of life and aesthetic issues in their towns,” said Allen. “That hurts property values and economic development. Curbing litter is not just a matter of appearances- it is an important way for a community to improve its attractiveness to new residents and businesses.”