Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to expand opportunities for new hard cider and mead producers by creating a new license under the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Craft beverage aficionados always have an eye out for the best local products,” Senator Oroho said. “New Jersey is already home to dozens of breweries and wineries, and this measure could give consumers even more to choose from while providing a huge boost to the state’s economy at the same time.”
The New Jersey Senate has approved a pair of transportation-related bills sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that are designed to reduced the burden on property taxpayers and improve road, bridge and rail safety.
The first bill, S-3076, appropriates $400 million from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), including $260 million for immediate road and bridge repairs across the state and $140 million for technology and safety improvements at New Jersey Transit.
“We’re now able to shift much more of the burden of paying for local transportation improvements from property taxpayers to the State,” said Oroho. “That’s the direct result of our successful efforts last year that coupled targeted tax cuts with a plan to take the TTF out of bankruptcy. Local officials can now undertake critical road and bridge repair projects without burdening property taxpayers with the full cost.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to fight hunger by providing a tax credit to farmers that donate produce to food banks was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Every year, tons of food coming from New Jersey’s farms is discarded because it’s ugly or not worth it for farmers to bring it to market,” Senator Oroho said. “That food could be going to the countless number of families that are sadly struggling with food insecurity.”
Oroho’s Transportation Bills Providing Substantive Property Tax Relief Passed by Senate Budget Committee
A pair of transportation-related bills sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that would substantively reduce the burden on property taxpayers has been approved by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.
The first bill, S-3076, appropriates $400 million from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) to pay for immediate road and bridge repair projects across the state in all 21 counties.
“The tax reform plan that we approved last year has made it possible for the state to pay for many critical transportation projects in communities across New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Our new legislation builds on that effort by having the state augment its share of funding for local road and bridge repairs that would otherwise have been borne by residents through increased property taxes.”
Looking to Continue Tax Cuts and Tackle Property Taxes
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, welcomed the governor’s budget address today and pledged to work with his legislative colleagues to enact an appropriations bill that takes into consideration the plight of taxpayers, and that expands on efforts to attract investment and create jobs.
“Through eight budgets I have worked with this governor and the legislative leaders of both parties to bring in targeted tax cuts that have improved our state’s competitive economic position,” said Oroho. “We have a lot more work yet to do, but I will continue the hard work and painstaking negotiations to make our state fully attractive to capital investment and job creation.”
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) met with Commissioner Richard Hammer of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and department staff, as well as NJ Transit officials, to talk about transportation projects in the 24th Legislative District.
“There are many vital transportation projects throughout the district that need attention,” said Oroho. “Now that the TTF has been reauthorized, and renewed funding in place, these projects can see action.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to fight hunger by providing a tax credit to farmers that donate produce to food banks was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“A lot of people count on these food banks to feed their families, and they do a great job giving help to people in need,” Senator Oroho said. “But they often rely on canned food, which is good, but it can’t match the nutrition or health benefits of fresh produce.”
Oroho & Space Resolution to Raise Awareness to Childhood Cancer Heads to Governor After Legislative Approval
A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is headed to the Governor’s desk after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly. The bill passed in the state Senate in June 2016.
The resolution was inspired by Nicholas DaSilva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. Since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Conservative Senator Applauds that Bill Was Not Voted on Today
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) strongly criticized the Democrat majority in the Legislature for attempting to fast-track, without a public hearing, legislation that would reward local government officials for breaking federal law.
S-3007 instructs the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to provide state taxpayer money to aid and abet any county or municipality that breaks federal law by harboring undocumented foreign nationals.
“Does anyone really believe that the United States should have 3,142 sovereign immigration policies, one for each county, and another 89,000 (give or take) covering the whims of each municipal government,” Oroho asked, adding, “What’s next, does everyone get to have their own foreign policy too?”
Oroho & Space Legislation to Encourage Military Base & Local Government Shared Services Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R- Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage cost-saving shared services agreements between New Jersey’s military installations and neighboring governments was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Forging a strong bond between municipalities and adjacent military bases is so important,” Oroho said. “With this measure, these entities can save significant resources by working together on things like redevelopment, brownfield remediation and infrastructure expansion.”