Recognizing them for the landmark tax reforms that reduced taxes on retirement income, increased tax savings for the working poor, cut the estate tax and provided long-term funding for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, the Tax Foundation has honored Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Steve Oroho with its “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” award.
The Tax Foundation, one of the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organizations, providing research, analysis, and advocacy on federal, state, and local tax policies, selects honorees each year who “accomplished extraordinary work to advance the cause of simpler, smarter tax policy.”
Legislation (S2477/A4083) sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space Enabling qualifying businesses to get a refund for the excess portion of their Business Employment Incentive Program tax credit was signed today by Gov. Chris Christie.
“These businesses signed agreements with the state under BEIP to move or expand here with the understanding that they would receive these grants,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “We’ve already passed legislation that allows them to convert their grants into tax credits, but this now gives insurance companies the same opportunities that other businesses have to get a refund on those credits.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to protect consumers from price gouging during a natural disaster and support small businesses following a state of emergency declaration is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“The protections we put in place will deter businesses from taking advantage of consumers during a natural disaster by spiking prices for necessities, such as gasoline and groceries,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “This bill will ensure business won’t be put at a disadvantage because of the inflexibility of the current protocol, while still protecting consumers from price gouging tactics that threaten their welfare and safety.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the process of getting a commercial driver license by using private third-party vendors to administer the test is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Companies are always looking to hire new drivers, but because we have trouble keeping up with that demand because of the long wait to get a CDL,” Senator Oroho said. “We have a huge backlog of drivers just waiting to start working. This will help speed up the process of getting a CDL so we can get these people trained and on the road.”
Calling it “a moment of truth” for our party and its leadership, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) called on every Republican legislator to unite in opposition to a Democrat move to “condemn” President Trump’s efforts to create greater scrutiny of those entering the United States from countries in which Islamic terrorists are harbored and sustained.
“There are those who have called this a ‘Muslim ban’ but that is more a term of propaganda than of fact,” said Oroho. “The seven countries targeted by President Donald Trump in his executive order on immigration were initially identified as ‘countries of concern’ under the Obama administration.”
Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011.
Senate Republicans Steven Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. As committee members, the senators are working on a bipartisan basis to examine the state’s broken school funding system – a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.
“This committee to examine school funding reform was created on a bipartisan basis, and I am encouraged by the fact that we seem to share a common goal,” Senator Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset) said. I’ve had a constitutional amendment in since 2011 to make school funding as equitable as possible. I’ve been in this fight to restore fairness to school funding and provide property tax relief to residents for years. Our taxpayers and our children deserve no less.”
“Our flawed school funding formula creates inequities that hurt students and taxpayers alike,” Senator Steven Oroho (R–Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “I am hopeful that this committee will not limit itself to making slight adjustments to the current formula or just look to throw more money at the problem when we already spend near the top nationally in state aid per pupil. We simply cannot address high property taxes without enacting more comprehensive school funding reform.”
“Finding solutions to fix New Jersey’s inequitable school aid formula is critical to easing the property tax burden for our residents, especially those who reside in one of the many woefully underfunded school districts in suburban and rural communities throughout the state,” Senator Thompson (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington) said. “I am committed to working diligently with my fellow committee members to finally deliver long-awaited and much needed school funding reform.”
New Jersey is one of the lead states to propose the Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Prevention Act. More than 30 other states are joining the effort.
Senator Steve Oroho proposed the bill in the Senate (S-2928) and Assemblyman Parker Space — with Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz, Betty Lou DeCroce, and Amy Handlin — proposed it in the Assembly (A-4503). More co-sponsors are expected in both chambers.
“The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a global problem that is happening in communities across New Jersey,” said Senator Oroho. “The commercial sex industry targets children regardless of their gender.”
Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said that today’s ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court addressing how municipalities must account for so-called “gap period” affordable housing requirements is further legislating from the bench that will cost property taxpayers dearly if towns are mandated to comply.
“Towns will be forced to conduct expensive new studies and analyses as a result of today’s ruling, and likely will end up in litigation once again,” said Oroho. “Property taxpayers will continue to pay the price for an activist Court’s repeated attempts to effectuate a flawed social policy.”
Says School Funding Reform Critical to Addressing Property Tax Crisis
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) has been appointed to serve on a select committee created by the New Jersey Senate to examine the state’s broken school funding system that is a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.
“There’s little dispute that our state’s unfair distribution of state school aid has led to New Jersey having the highest property taxes in the nation,” said Oroho. “Rural regions like ours often end up paying the price for huge disparities in aid that leave us subsidizing others and paying more in local property taxes. I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve on the committee to fight for a fair school funding formula.”
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students that participate in competitive activities other than athletics was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.
“Students who are part of science or music clubs take so much pride in competing for their school,” Senator Oroho said. “It’s time that our high schools recognize these hard-working kids and their important contributions to school spirit.”