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Senator Jean Stanfield

Senate Approves Stanfield Bill Establishing “Purple Star Schools Program”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations six to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. This kind of upbringing means finding the right school is extremely important—and by designating certain educational institutions as ‘Purple Star Schools,’ we can call attention to schools that provide for the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected students encounter.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the DEP to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Stanfield Bill Would Help Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Work

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Senate Panel Endorses Measure to Create Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recovering Addicts

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee today.

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (©iStock)

Stanfield’s bipartisan bill, S-2228, would establish the Recovery Tax Credit Program to incentivize the hiring and continued employment of qualifying residents who are in recovery from substance use disorder.

“New Jersey has a responsibility to help individuals who have made the decision to get clean and have put in the work to get off drugs,” said Stanfield (R-8). “A stable job and the possibility of a brighter future is a necessary component for recovering addicts as they fight to rebuild their lives.”

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Stanfield Bill Honoring First DEP Commissioner “Richard J. Sullivan” Approved by Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that designates the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that designates the DEP state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“As one of New Jersey’s most respected conservationists, Richard Sullivan not only dedicated his life to protecting the environment, but he established New Jersey as a national leader in pollution control, coastal protection, and land preservation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “My legislation will formally recognize Richard’s legacy and designate the NJDEP’s Trenton headquarters in his name.”

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8th District Lawmakers Propose Tax Relief for NJ Farmers

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With the prices of many agricultural inputs – from diesel fuel to fertilizer – continuing to rise, 8th District lawmakers are pushing for consideration of tax relief proposals they’ve introduced to provide a much-needed backstop for farmers in the Garden State.

With the prices of many agricultural inputs continuing to rise, 8th District lawmakers are pushing for consideration of tax relief proposals they’ve introduced to provide a much-needed backstop for farmers in the Garden State. (Pixabay)

“The combination of inflation and supply chain shortages have been devastating to many people and industries, but especially to farmers who already operate on razor-thin margins,” said Assemblyman Michael Torrissi, Jr. (R-Hammonton).

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8th District Legislators Implore Governor to Return $9 Billion In Excess Revenue

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Senator Jean Stanfield, Assemblyman Michael Torrissi and Assemblyman Brandon Umba called on Governor Phil Murphy to give back the billions in revenue New Jersey over collected from taxpayers.

Senator Jean Stanfield, Assemblyman Michael Torrissi and Assemblyman Brandon Umba called on Governor Phil Murphy to give back the billions in revenue New Jersey over collected from taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio addressed the state legislature this week and is projecting New Jersey will collect billions more in revenue than projected for the current year.

“This is over-taxation at its worst. The government took nearly $9 billion more than it needed from residents, and there have been few conversations about how this money is going to be returned to citizens,” Umba said. “We have school districts losing millions in state aid, property taxes through the roof and inflation making everything unaffordable. New Jersey has $9 billion to help solve some of the issues our people are facing.”

New Jersey is widely known for having the highest taxes in the nation, including being at or near the top in property taxes, income taxes, corporate income taxes and sales taxes. It is also known for its overbearing fee and regulation structure.

“Clearly New Jersey doesn’t need to grab us all by the ankles and shake us down for every coin we have. They have $9 billion in over-taxed money,” Torrissi said. “Taxes are not a piggy bank for the government. They’re to fund the budget.”

On top of the over-projected revenue, the state received billions from the federal government in covid-relief funding. More than $5 billion has not been spent and more than $3 billion hasn’t even been allocated for any purpose.

“Any way you cut it, there’s too much money sitting in the state’s coffers that was taken from taxpayers. It’s time to lower our tax rates, make our business climate more manageable and give it back,” Stanfield said.

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Stanfield’s Bill Fighting Human Trafficking Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield to combat human trafficking was signed into law today.

Sen. Jean Stanfield’s bill to disqualify any person convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle was signed into law. (Pixabay)

The new law disqualifies any person convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle. The bipartisan measure, S-356/A3089, also sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal, S-356/A3089, passed the Senate with a 39-0 vote on March 3, and the Assembly approved it 77-0 on March 24.

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Stanfield Resolution Designating Month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month” Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Joseph Cryan designating the month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month” and the last full week of April as “Military Child Appreciation Week” was signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield designating the month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month” was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations up to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. This resolution, now law, will formally recognize these young American heroes for their daily sacrifices and the distinctive challenges they must overcome.”

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Legislature Clears Stanfield Resolution Designating Month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month”

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Joseph Cryan designating the month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month” and the last full week of April as “Military Child Appreciation Week” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate and Assembly.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Joseph Cryan designating the month of April as “Military Child Appreciation Month” was approved today by the New Jersey Legislature. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations six to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. My legislation will formally recognize these young American heroes for their daily sacrifices and the distinctive challenges they must overcome.”

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Stanfield Resolution Protecting Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crabs Clears Senate

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The Senate today advanced a bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield and Senator Bob Smith that would help protect the horseshoe crab population in the Delaware Bay.

The Senate advanced a bipartisan resolution sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield and Sen. Bob Smith that would help protect the horseshoe crab population in the Delaware Bay. (Pixabay)

New Jersey has a moratorium on the harvesting of horseshoe crabs, but the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission ASMFC, which has managed the crab population in the Delaware Bay since 2013, approved a policy change in January that may allow for harvesting female horseshoe crabs.

Stanfield’s resolution (SR-67) urges the ASMFC to continue prohibiting the harvest of female horseshoe crabs, except for research or vaccine development.

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Jean Stanfield

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