New Jersey's 24th Legislative District

Senator Steven Oroho

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho joined the Littell family on Nov. 13, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating Route 15 in Sussex County the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway.” Oroho sponsored the legislation honoring the late senator. (Facebook/Steven Oroho)

  • Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho designed to protect and grow the state’s commercial and recreational bee industry was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno on July 31, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho speaking against proposed income and business tax increases during a Senate floor debate on the FY ’16 state budget on June 25, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho spoke to the New Jersey Realtors about the need to to stop the flow of wealth and jobs out of the state at the 2015 Realtors Day breakfast in Trenton on June 11, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was a “celebrity reader” to the preschool children at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center in Newton, NJ on October 6, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24) spoke about the importance of legislation he sponsors to repeal New Jersey’s death tax at a State House rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity on September 15, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Steve Oroho, Asw. Alison Littell McHose and Asm. Parker Space (all R-24) joined Americans for Prosperity, business organizations and concerned citizens at a State House rally on September 15, 2014 in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal New Jersey’s death tax. (Press Release)

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Sweeney/Oroho/Bucco Bill Would Boost Vo-Tech Education, Fund School Security

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Measure Would Provide $1 Billion for Job Training, School Security

The Senate today voted to approve legislation that would seek voter approval for a plan to make significant investments in the vocational-technical education programs that meet critical job training needs and provide grants to improve school security across the state. The vote was 36-1.

The bipartsian legislation would seek voter approval for a plan to invest in New Jersey’s VoTech programs and improve school security. (Flickr)

Sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) the Career and Technical Education and Security Bond Act (S-2293) would provide $450 million in grants to county vocational-technical school districts, $500 million for school security grants, and $50 million for county college career and technical education grants. The bill was revised today to increase school security funds from $250 to $500 million. Continue Reading…

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Oroho Bill to Exempt School Buses from Gas Tax Passes Senate

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Senator Steven Oroho’s (R-24) bipartisan legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Local governments should not use the property taxes they collect from residents to pay other taxes to the state,” Oroho said. “Government vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances are currently exempt from the state gas tax. Adding school buses to the list is a commonsense, tax-saving move that will benefit all New Jersey residents.”

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Sweeney/Oroho P-3 Bill to Expand Public-Private Partnerships Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho that would permit government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for building and highway infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation authored by Sen. President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Steve Oroho that would permit government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for building and highway infrastructure projects was approved the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Public-private partnerships offer the opportunity for a win-win scenario, and governments at all levels should be permitted flexibility in financing their capital needs given proper oversight,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “They are an important way to stretch scarce public dollars in order to complete needed projects that will benefit our residents, create jobs and economic growth.”

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Lawmakers Welcome BPU Hearing Allowing Residents to Voice Frustrations About Poor Response to Snowstorms

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Harold J. Wirths lauded the Board of Public Utilities first hearing on JCP&L’s poor response to chronic and prolonged outages, saying it’s important for the agency to hear firsthand from the people who were most affected.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space, and Asm. Harold J. Wirths lauded today’s Board of Public Utilities first hearing on JCP&L’s poor response to chronic and prolonged outages. (SenateNJ.com)

A series of nor’easters left 40,000 homes and businesses without power for days in Sussex and Warren counties last month.

“I appreciate the Board of Public Utilities holding public hearings allowing customers to directly express their experiences, frustrations, and concerns following the most recent power outage events,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Lessons were learned from prior outages and protocols put in place to mitigate the outage, but clearly much, much, more can be done to most efficiently and expeditiously get power restored.  We will do all we can to help address any and all actions that will lessen the time people are without power or other utilities.”

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Sen. Oroho’s Bill to Exempt School Buses from Gas Tax Passes Committee

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Senator Steven Oroho’s (R-24) bipartisan legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Local governments should not use the property taxes they collect from residents to pay other taxes to the state,” Oroho said. “Government vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances are currently exempt from the state gas tax. Adding school buses to the list is a commonsense, tax-saving move that will benefit all New Jersey residents.”

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Senate Passes Oroho Bill Eliminating Unfair Taxes on Manufacturers

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steve Oroho’s bill to protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers, which are principally made from recyclable materials.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would protect NJ box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s box manufacturers create good-paying jobs, not litter,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “They shouldn’t be punished because of an oversight in state tax law. I hope that cutting this red tape will keep these hardworking business owners from leaving our state.”

Senator Oroho drafted S-534 after a box maker in his district, Sutherland Packaging in Andover Township, reported being required to pay a user fee for manufacturing a “litter generating product,” despite the fact that corrugated containers are often recycled or made from recyclable materials.

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Oroho Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Budget Address

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Senator Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address:

“Increasing taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, and Morris). “New Jersey has many challenges that need to be met, but a return to tax and spend governance will hurt taxpayers and our economy, and will make us less competitive among our peer states.”

Sen. Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address, saying his plan to increase taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards. (Wikimedia Commons)

The new governor has endorsed raising budget costs to $37.4 billion, an increase of 8%. Currently, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

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Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco and Singleton Lay Out Plan to Help Small Businesses, Partnerships Preserve Deductibility of State Income Taxes

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Bipartisan plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it simply returns New Jersey state tax law to entity-level payment system that was in place prior to 1993

Senators Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) today announced a bipartisan legislative initiative that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for New Jersey’s small businesses and partnerships.

Sen. Steven Oroho speaking at State House press conference on March 5, 2018 with Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Troy Singleton, and Sen. Anthony Bucco to announce a plan to help New Jersey’s small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners.

“We’re going ‘Back to the Future’ with an IRS-proof solution,” said Senator Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “I don’t see how the IRS could challenge our decision to return to a tax system that was in place for decades. This legislation doesn’t solve the whole problem created by a federal tax law that targets New Jersey by sharply curtailing the federal deduction for State and Local Taxes. But we are going to do everything we can to help New Jersey taxpayers.”

“This legislation will save billions of dollars for the 80 percent of New Jersey’s small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”

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Oroho Legislation Prohibiting Pension Investments in Companies Avoiding Superfund Obligations Passes Senate

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Senator Oroho’s (R-24) bill barring the state pension system from investing in companies that evade their Superfund obligations has passed the Senate.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

“Corporations that knowingly dodge their Superfund obligations need to be held accountable and should not benefit from the investment of State pension funds,” said Oroho. “This legislation will send the message that companies will not be rewarded for attempting to scheme their way out of fulfilling environmental cleanup obligations by shifting their responsibility to New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Oroho: Increased TTF Aid Results in Warren County Tax Cut

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) congratulated the Warren County Freeholder Board on a tax rate reduction that will provide county residents with property tax relief in the coming year. The Warren County Board credited the increased transportation aid from the State stemming from the tax reform and restructuring legislation that Oroho sponsored in 2016 with the reduction.

Sen. Steve Oroho congratulated the Warren County Freeholder Board on a tax rate reduction that will provide county residents with property tax relief in the coming year. (Flickr)

“The significant increase in state road aid that resulted from our tax reform efforts has alleviated a large expense for county governments, leading to the property tax cut that residents of Warren County will receive,” said Oroho. “By doubling local transportation aid to counties as well as municipal governments, we lessened the burden on local property taxpayers from bearing the full cost of infrastructure maintenance and improvements.”

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