Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to create a new task force that will study ways to expand New Jersey’s biotechnology industry passed the New Jersey Senate.
The resolution, SJR-57, creates the “New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force” to improve communication between state government and the biotechnology industry and to find ways to help retain and attract new biotechnology companies to the state. According to BioNJ, Inc., the industry directly provides more than 66,000 jobs and more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue to the state.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) to make more students aware of their possible eligibility for the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Program Scholarship (NJ STARS) passed the New Jersey Senate.
“The cost of college is only getting higher, and NJ STARS offers students a chance to attend college without weighing them down with debt for years to come,” Senator Singer said. “If we can connect more students with the money available to them, we’ll make college more affordable and keep more of our brightest students in the state.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to make sure more students are aware of the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) passed the Senate Education Committee.
“The NJ STARS program is a fantastic way for bright students who may not be able to afford college themselves to pursue a college degree,” Senator Singer said. “We have the resources and we have the students. We need to make sure those students know about this program so they can actually take advantage of it.”
New Jersey students who are eligible for NJ STARS would receive notification of eligibility during each year of high school, and general information in eighth grade, under a bill introduced Monday by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union.) Currently, students only receive notification of eligibility to NJ STARS in their freshman and junior years of high school.
“Each year, tens of thousands of graduates leave to pursue a four-year degree out of state,” Senator Singer said. “Unless we work to keep students here, this will have a serious impact on our economy. NJ STARS gives talented students a solid reason to choose to complete their college education in New Jersey. To secure a strong and prosperous future, we need to ensure eligible students receive notification of this program as early as eighth grade, and at every stage of their high school education.”
Senator Robert Singer commended the announcement of an agreement to place a two-year freeze on property tax rates for non-profit hospitals that were tax exempt prior to a recent court ruling.
“The bipartisan agreement announced today will end the need for costly litigation between non-profit hospitals and the communities they serve,” said Singer, a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “This agreement will afford us the time we need to conduct a proper review of the tax exemption law to find a solution that is fair to host municipalities without crippling the hospitals that serve them.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to prevent recidivism of released drug offenders by allowing these individuals to access job training and workforce education was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.
“This commonsense measure will allow more individuals to forge a path to a brighter future by eliminating the unnecessary exclusions established under current law,” Senator Singer said. “Improving access to job training will help those who have served their time secure meaningful employment and transition off government assistance, easing the financial burden on the state.”
Advanced: Singer Bill Expanding Access to Job Training to Prevent Recidivism of Released Drug Offenders
Legislation would allow persons with drug convictions to participate in Work First New Jersey; expand access to job training to help families become self-sufficient
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to expand access to job training programs for those with drug convictions to prevent recidivism has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
“For those who have been convicted of a drug crime, the road to recovery is long, treacherous and nearly impossible to traverse without help,” Senator Singer said. “Expanding access to job training and workforce education goes a long way to helping all families in need – not just some – become self-sufficient without having to rely on general assistance.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to improve coordination between primary and behavioral healthcare services has cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Senator Singer’s bill, S-1710, allows ambulatory care facilities to provide primary health care and behavioral health services under a single license.
“To provide quality, comprehensive healthcare for all New Jerseyans, we must ease the process of integrating behavioral health and primary care services,” Senator Singer said. “Forcing facilities to obtain multiple licenses just so they can provide a full spectrum of health services is an unnecessary restriction that only serves in blocking patients from accessing the care they need.”
Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) issued the following statement on the pocket veto of legislation (S3299) establishing a hospital community payment plan.
“I remain committed to finding a solution that ensures for the financial protection of non-profit hospitals while providing some compensation to municipalities for the services they provide,” said Singer. “I look forward to working together with the Governor’s Office, the departments of treasury and taxation, as well as representatives from the hospitals and municipalities to reach a fair solution that eliminates the need for costly litigation. In the wake of the tax ruling against Morristown Medical Center, we need to diligently work together to find a uniform and equitable way forward that works for both hospitals and municipalities.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property was approved by the Senate today. The bill, S-3299, also sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Vitale, would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.
“In the wake of the tax ruling against Morristown Medical Center we are on the precipice of seeing non-profit hospitals across this state hit with significant tax bills that will certainly lead to layoffs and even hospital closures,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We can’t afford to let this happen to an industry we rely on both for quality community care and as a local economic engine that employs approximately 140,000 workers. This community payment plan establishes a clear and predictable system by which hospitals can retain their tax-exempt status and have the stability needed in order to plan for long term investments in our communities while fairly paying for their share of the local services they rely on.”