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State Sen. Ray Lesniak

State Sen. Ray Lesniak

ELIZABETH—Legislation that would have diverted $360 million away from public schools has run into a brick wall in Trenton, says one of the lawmakers who crafted the bill.

Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who sponsored the tuition tax credit bill to implement an idea advocated by George W. Bush and many other Republicans, expects that legislators from his own party will sink the proposal.

Lesniak’s bill, the Urban Enterprise Zone Jobs Scholarship Act (S-1607), would create a tax write-off for corporations that provide scholarships to impoverished children in eight cities across New Jersey. The recipients would be allowed to send their children to the school of their choice, be it private, public or parochial.

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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari

STATE – State Sen. Nicholas Scutari wants New Jersey lawmakers to have longer terms.

The Union County Democrat proposed a measure calling for state senators to stand for election every five years. Currently, they are elected in a 10-year cycle of one two-year term followed by two four-year terms. Scutari also wants Assembly members to alternate between two-year and three-year terms, rather than two-year terms.

Scutari said that by having fewer elections, legislators wouldn’t need to spend so much time raising funds to campaign and could take a long-term approach to lawmaking.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Tiger Woods coined the phrase, “If I am not getting better, than I’m getting worse.”

New Providence head boys basketball coach Art Cattano can relate, having the same philosophical approach to his team and the game of basketball. He preaches to his team, “Any team can beat anybody on any given day if you are not prepared.”  Not an earth shattering concept, but how many teams follow it?

This week, the Pioneers look to even the score for two early season losses. In back to back games, New Providence came up empty against Technology 70-61, then lost to Oratory Prep 57-56, in a hard-fought battle on New Providence’s home court. With those losses, Cattano’s club had a 4-3 record staring them in the face, mot a comfortable place for a team to be in.

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