New bill would protect the New Jersey Business Action Center from being terminated under a new Governor’s administration
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Warren) introduced legislation that makes the New Jersey Business Action Center a permanent component of the Department of State.
“The Business Action Center has played an important role in the progress we have made in transforming New Jersey into a more business-friendly state,” said Senator Oroho. “It makes sense to permanently establish it so private industry know they have a predictable, ready resource in government to go to for assistance.”
Public school teachers, bus drivers and camp counselors would be subject a Child Abuse Record Information check under a bill sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho. Currently, these employees and job candidates only undergo a criminal background check, which unlike a CARI check, does not show substantiated claims of child abuse. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee.
“How many teachers, camp counselors, bus drivers and school employees are child abusers? Under current New Jersey law, we simply do not know,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “What we do know is that child abusers are falling through the cracks in the system and putting innocent children at risk. Ensuring all current and potential employees have a clean CARI record can end this pervasive threat to our children’s health and welfare.”
Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, reiterated the need for the enactment of significant tax reform to help stimulate the New Jersey economy and ensure the future ability of the State to meet its obligations.
“New Jersey is trending in a dangerous direction, with the outmigration of residents, income and wealth accelerating in recent years to lower-tax states,” said Oroho. “We all share the goal of strengthening the New Jersey economy, but we must push forward with tax reform efforts if we hope to retain and attract capital which will strengthen our ability to meet our financial needs.”
Oroho noted that certain naysayers always claim the sky will fall if tax cuts are enacted, pointing to opposition to business tax cuts in recent years.
Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, said that a projected state revenue shortfall announced by the Office of Legislative Services today highlights the need to advance tax reform efforts:
“While some will say that a revenue shortfall means we can’t afford tax reform, including the elimination of the estate tax, I believe it shows that we can’t afford to wait,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “The volatility in income tax revenues that is driving the shortfall is directly attributable to the accelerating outmigration of residents, income and wealth to lower tax states.”
Oroho noted that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data shows the average annual outflow of adjusted gross income (AGI) from New Jersey quickened from $1 billion per year from 1995-2004 to an average of $1.9 billion from 2004-2014, an 87.5% increase.
The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho on the need to phase out the state’s estate tax to protect all New Jersey residents was published in The Record on April 24, 2016:
New Jersey residents shoulder the third-greatest state and local tax burden in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.
We have the highest property and business taxes, and sales and income taxes that are among the highest. The Garden State is also one of just two states to impose both an estate tax and an inheritance tax on its residents, commonly referred to as “death taxes.”
Not surprisingly, studies continually show New Jersey leading the nation in the outmigration of residents to other states – usually those with no income taxes or lower rates, smaller property tax bills and better tax structures for estate planning purposes.
Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Warren) introduced legislation that will bring more fairness to New Jersey’s income tax by adjusting its tax brackets for inflation every year.
“This is a common-sense way to protect taxpayers from unfairly being placed into a higher tax bracket,” Senator Bucco said. “People end up paying more in taxes and aren’t able to spend as much as they used to on everyday goods and services.”
Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s announcement that the state’s once indebted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund now contains a positive balance of $1 billion.
“To go from a $2.1 billion deficit to a $1 billion balance in a few short years is a testament to the efforts of the Legislature and the Christie Administration to impose the fiscal discipline needed to restore New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency,” said Oroho.
Oroho served on a bipartisan Unemployment Insurance Task Force which issued a final report on how to address the state’s UI fund deficit in January of 2012.
Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, said that continued improvement in New Jersey’s economy provides the opportunity to further advance tax reforms to reduce the tax burden on state residents and businesses.
“We heard today that state tax collections are growing as New Jersey’s economy continues to improve,” said Oroho. “This increased financial flexibility provides us the opportunity to enact additional, meaningful tax reforms to make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and operate a business.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on to promote new legislation that would support charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profit and charitable organizations.
Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has helped thousands of families in northwestern New Jersey to break the generational cycle of poverty, by addressing education, employment, parenting skills, legal problems, counseling and the many other interlocking issues experienced by families in need. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, adults, children, senior citizens and two-parent households.
“Project Self-Sufficiency is the perfect example of a community-based charitable organization that would benefit from our legislation encouraging charitable giving,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “With increased fundraising, Project Self-Sufficiency could expand their already impressive efforts to improve the lives of struggling families in the region. Our legislation will make donating more affordable for those who wish to support their charitable efforts.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (3/21): Kean & Oroho to Tour Project Self-Sufficiency, Promote New Legislation to Strengthen NJ Charities
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho are touring Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, March 21 to highlight the organization’s comprehensive efforts to assist low-income individuals and families, as well as to promote new legislation that would increase resources for New Jersey charities.
Who: Senators Tom Kean and Steven Oroho, hosted by Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director, Project Self-Sufficiency
What: Touring Project Self-Sufficiency, highlighting legislation to help New Jersey’s non-profits and charities
When: Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ 07860
Event Contacts: Emily Everson – (609) 847-3600