Senator Steven Oroho today said he looks forward to working cooperatively with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to explore expanding casino gaming into northern New Jersey.
According to a report published Wednesday in The Record, Senate President Sweeney said he has discussed expanding gaming opportunities to northern New Jersey and that a statewide referendum on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.
“I’m encouraged to hear the Senate President say that voters might soon get to decide on expanding gaming to north Jersey and other parts of the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding gaming will not only bring additional needed revenue and jobs to New Jersey, but also boost local equine, racetrack and tourism industries throughout the area and state.”
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committeeman Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement after voting against the proposed FY 2015 budget in today’s Senate session:
“This budget, balanced off of raising taxes for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, repeats past mistakes and sets no path forward to address the root financial issues New Jersey faces. We only have to look back to 2004 when taxes were raised on the state’s top earners and job providers to know how these new taxes will play out.
The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.
“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.
“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.
Bucco, Oroho Measure to Let Charter, Vo-Tech, Home-Schooled Students Play Public School Sports Advances
Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho requiring school districts to allow qualified charter, vocational and home-schooled students the chance to participate in district sports programs was advanced by the Senate Education Committee. Currently, local school districts have varying policies on the matter.
“Children, regardless of ZIP code or school choice, should have equal opportunities to participate in publicly funded school athletics,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This is a fairness issue that families in my district, Senator Oroho’s district and others across the state are trying to overcome. This legislation provides a common-sense solution.”
“Parents choose to educate their children at home for a variety of legitimate reasons,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Those parents pay the same taxes as their neighbors and their children should have the same opportunity as their friends to play on their district’s sports teams. School sports teach a multitude of valuable life lessons that apply the same to kids regardless of where they take their classes.”
The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on the need for a more competitive tax structure in New Jersey – not higher taxes – was published in The Record, Asbury Park Press and New Jersey Herald.
The full text of the op-ed is published below:
ESCALATING TAXES are a major reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing a revenue shortfall that jeopardizes public services. So the answer to our revenue problem shouldn’t be a call to raise income taxes in the Garden State.
What’s clear from the Obama administration’s hike in the 2013 federal income tax rates as well as the new net investment income tax under the Affordable Care Act is that top taxpayers will change their tax behavior, as clearly evidenced by the accelerated recognition of income into tax year 2012 to avoid the increased taxes. They will also change where they principally live for a majority of the year to miss being subject to higher income taxes as New Jersey residents.
The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.
New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.
Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators
The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.
“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated the following after his conversation with OLS Budget and Finance Director David Rosen during today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing:
“Escalating taxes are the reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing this drop-off in revenue. What’s clear from the Obama Administration’s tax hikes is that the top earners have the means and resources to easily move their primary residence to avoid paying exorbitant tax rates like New Jersey’s. As a practicing Certified Financial Planner, I read about and hear my professional colleagues talk about this impact constantly.
Governor Christie today signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery.
The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S361, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first cemetery dedicated to veterans in the northern part of the state.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was unanimously passed by the Senate today and will now head to the governor’s desk for final approval.
The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S361, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first cemetery dedicated to veterans in the northern part of the state.
“I’m confident that with this easy mechanism to give, many New Jersey taxpayers will be generous in donating to support the veterans who gave so much themselves to this state and country,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “Establishing this cemetery in North Jersey will at last provide thousands of veterans an honored resting place near their family, friends and communities they love. Families too can have peace of mind knowing they can visit their loved one’s grave site without having to drive hours away from home.”